The Lares Valley and Machu Picchu

The Lares Valley trek was spectacular, with amazing mountain scenery, alpine lakes, waterfalls and herds of llamas. We started in the small village of Huaran and ended our hike in the hot springs just outside of Lares. We crossed paths with locals, saw stone houses covered with thatched roofs and took in the beautiful landscape. From there we took the train to Machu Picchu village (Aguas Calientes) and then a bus up to the Inca site. Built around 1450, it was abandoned about a century later at the time of the Spanish Conquest. It remained unknown until 1911 when American historian Hiram Bingham discovered the forgotten city. It’s a really special place and I would highly recommend not only Machu Picchu but Peru!

 

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Peru: Lima and Cusco

I just got back from an amazing trip to Peru. We started in Lima and visited the Convento de San Francisco and the Plaza de Armas. We had a delicious lunch at Museo Larco and walked around the museum and beautiful garden, definitely the highlight of Lima! After just enough time in the capital, we flew to Cusco, which is about 11,200 ft. It’s a wonderful place with a beautiful cathedral, Inca foundations throughout the city and women in traditional Peruvian dress.

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The Cotswolds

I had a WONDERFUL weekend in The Cotswolds. We rented a car and drove to some of the most charming towns, Stow on the Wold, Chipping Camden, Broadway, Winchcombe, Cirencester, Tetbury, and Lacock. We walked through fields of sheep, stopped at farm stands and ate delicious food. It was a lovely weekend!

 

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Savage Beauty

I just saw the Alexander McQueen exhibition, Savage Beauty, at the Victoria & Albert Museum and it was fabulous! As quoted in The Telegraph, “the exhibition brilliantly displays McQueen’s button-pushing, zeitgeist-shaping show clothes in all the bum-revealing glory: the metal body corsets, coats made from hair, Latex-fused skirts that look as though they’ve emerged from some primordial swamp…McQueen, who died in 2010, was never remotely interested in conventional representations of beauty.”

The exhibition is on until August 2, and I would highly recommend it if you are in London!

 

 

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East Sussex

I had a wonderful weekend with friends in a cottage in Camber, a small town located behind sand dunes and near Rye, on the south-east coast of England. It was wet and cold but we had a great time!

 

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Maine in the Winter

I had a WONDERFUL holiday in Maine. The light is so beautiful in the winter, so here are a few photos.

 

 

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Happy New Year!

I hope everyone has a wonderful and festive New Years!

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Boston for Thanksgiving

I had a wonderful Thanksgiving in Boston! My sister and her husband made a delicious dinner and it was a weekend filled with family and friends.

 

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Fondation Louis Vuitton

I had a wonderful weekend in Paris and a visit to the newly opened Fondation Louis Vuitton. With 11 galleries of different sizes, the building was designed and built by Frank Gehry and inspired by the Grand Palais. The glass building takes the form of sails inflated in the wind and the dynamic structure plays with light. The space and the collection are amazing and definitely worth a visit!

 

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Blenheim Palace

I had a great visit to Blenheim Palace this weekend. Built between 1705 and 1722, the only non-royal country house in England to hold the title of palace was the home of Winston Churchill. Located in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, it’s now the principal residences of the dukes of Marlborough. Very recently the Blenheim Art Foundation was created and the first ever exhibition (currently on) is Ai Weiwei, the prolific and social activist artist from Beijing. The grounds of the palace are beautiful, the house is stunning and I now have a new appreciation for Ai Weiwei’s work!

 

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