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Buenos Aires

Posted by Gary & Lynette Landy on November 20, 2012 at 7:50 AM Comments comments (1)

Buenos Aires, well what a cosmopolitan city. It surprised both Gary & I just how much like Paris & Rome it is....very stylish clothing stores & antique shops are everywhere near our hotel. We have 3 nights here at the Sofitel & whilst the rooms are typical for what is usual for Europe, i.e. on the smallish side, the hotel is very stylish & lovely to stay in.

I would have to say that Buenos Aires was probably the one city on our tour that didn't excite us, befor...

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Puno & Lake Titicaca

Posted by Gary & Lynette Landy on November 16, 2012 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Today we received a 6am wake-up call as we had a 10 hour train trip to the town of Puno where we are spending the night on the shores of Lake Titicaca.

The train ride was quite amazing as we got to view how hard it is for the farmers at approximately 4000 metres above sea is extremely dry, at the moment, but when the wet season begins in the next couple of weeks the farmers move up into the mountains.

Here in Peru most housing is very basic, especially out i...

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Sacred Valley - Day 3

Posted by Gary & Lynette Landy on November 9, 2012 at 5:15 PM Comments comments (0)

I was sure that after yesterday I would be disappointed in our visit to the town of Pisac today. Why I should ever have thought that I do not know. Whilst we didn't have the heart rendering visit to a school, the visit to the Inca ruins at Pisac was amazing. The ruins at Pisac are supposedly larger than Machu Picchu and are certainly higher. About 800 metres higher!

The ways in which the Incas developed methods for agriculture way back in the 15th century was amazing. As Peru has ...

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Sacred Valley - Day 2

Posted by Gary & Lynette Landy on November 9, 2012 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Today we received a wake up call at 7am as we needed to be up & ready to go by 9am.

We began our day by doing a tour of part of the Scared Valley of the Incas by visiting Inca ruins, very similar to Machu Picchu but slightly higher up the mountains that surround the 91Klm valley we are in. The ruins are so spectacular that they defy words. At the ruins we all had the option of being guided to the top or by guided around at ground level. Given the issues I have been having wit...

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Sacred Valley - Day 1

Posted by Gary & Lynette Landy on November 7, 2012 at 6:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Oh My God.....what a stunning place is the Sacred Valley! We arrived here after landing in Cuzco and being bused for about 2 hours. What magnificent vistas of the Andes we saw. About an hour into our bus trip we stopped for a photo & bathroom stop & were lucky to meet some local ladies & children. They were there to display & sell local woollen & Alpaca items & other goods to those who stop to take advantage of the photo opportunity. I couldn't help myself & pur...

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Lima, Peru

Posted by Gary & Lynette Landy on November 6, 2012 at 6:55 PM Comments comments (0)

After experiencing temperatures around 30C whilst in Santiago it was a slight shock to be back around 20C here in Lima, so no tanning was gotten today whilst touring the Ruins etc.

Interestingly, we understand that Lima only has an annual rainfall of between 3 - 5mm per year. As you would expect with very little rainfall it is very dry & dusty here.

We began our day here in Lima at 8:15am, meeting our Tour Manager in the hotel lobby & were arranged into groups...

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Lima, Peru

Posted by Gary & Lynette Landy on November 5, 2012 at 5:50 PM Comments comments (0)

We arrived in Lima about 3:30pm were immediately taken to our hotel, Swissotel Lima by Scenic Tours.

We have been left to our own devices until 8:15am tomorrow when we will meet our tour manager & begin our South American experience.  

During the 2 days we spent in Santiago (as per tour extension) we met up with 2 other great couples also doing the same Scenic tour.  David & Angela were on the same flights as us all the way from Melbourne and Alan & Rosalie j...

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Santiago, Chile

Posted by Gary & Lynette Landy on November 5, 2012 at 5:30 PM Comments comments (0)

We arrived in Santiago about 9:55am on Saturday 3rd after departing Sydney at 11:30am the same day.....the international date line sure makes things interesting.  By the time we arrived at the Ritz Carlton hotel it was bordering on 2:30AM back home so we were both stuffed.  A quick shower then a snooze for a couple of hours had us feeling a lot better by late afternoon which enabled us to wander around the area near our hotel.  Unfortunately it was a long weekend in Santiago wh...

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Day 1 - Flights from Melbourne to Santiago, Chile

Posted by Gary & Lynette Landy on July 31, 2012 at 11:25 PM Comments comments (0)

After spending the night at Melbourne Airport to save us Travelling out there at 4am we boarded our flight to Sydney for our connecting flight to Santiago, Chile.  The flight fromSydney to Santiago is only 12 hours & 30 minutes. It is quite amusing to depart Sydney, Australia at 11:25am & fly for over 12 hours but arrive in Santiago at 9:55am the same day....we arrive here before we have left home!  Our accommodation in Santiago is at the renowned Ritz Carlton Hotel for 2 ni...

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May 2012 - Fiji, Denarau Island & Blue Lagoon Cruise

Posted by Gary & Lynette Landy on June 25, 2012 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (0)

As most of you will already know, we had booked & paid to sail around the world on the 2012 Princess Cruises World Cruise. We were really looking forward to this 104-day holiday onboard the Sun Princess, however in mid March 2012 Gary’s father was diagnosed with end stage Liver & Gall Bladder cancer. This was the first indication that Doug had any form of cancer. As the prognosis for Doug was very bleak & with an estimated 3 to 6 months survival time we decided to advise ...

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