Easter Island was never on my bucket list of places to see. However, I was very excited for this visit learning it was an overnight stop for our Oceania cruise. After five days at sea, departing from Lima, Peru, we arrived in Rapa Nui or Easter Island. It was discovered by Europeans on, you guessed it, Easter Sunday, 1722. I was now going to meet their famous stone faced residents, the moai. Continue reading
It is difficult to comprehend living in Casa Milà, the famous Antoni Gaudí designed apartment building as several families do to this today. There may not be a straight line nor 90 degree angle in the entire seven story complex. Gaudi is where we get the term gaudy, but I do not think that term fits this great innovative architect.
Mount Rushmore is about the last remaining iconic USA attraction I had not yet visited. The monument is a very simple layout. Not much question what this place is about.
The Lake District is a favorite destination where the avid hikers of England go on holiday. VRBO (Vacation Rental by Owner) properties for us to rent were scarce in this area so we stayed at a B&B. Each morning the hosts would ask where we hiked the prior day and we did not have a good reply. We explored nearby towns and went to a local sheep dog fair (see September 21, 2014 post), but hiking just to hike was not on our agenda. While I was taking the above photo on a chilly morning, several groups of women wearing wet suits waded into Lake Derwentwater and swam across for exercise. While one may not be able to find a more beautiful place for a morning exercise routine, swimming in this cold lake had not even occurred to me…. This swimming also introduced additional waves for my reflection photos.