Thursday, July 20, 2017

Bolivia: Views of La Paz from El Alto

From El Alto, one can look down into La Paz, which lies in a deep bowl formed by the Choqueyapu River.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Bolivia: Aerial Tram between La Paz and El Alto

We began Day 1 of our Wilderness Travel tour of Bolivia with a ride on the excellent aerial tramway system connecting La Paz (ca. 12,000 ft altitude) with the even larger and higher El Alto (ca. 13,600 ft) where most of the indigenous people live and where the airport is located.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Lima, Peru: Nazca Exhibit at MALI

The Nazca civilization, which predated the Incas by about half a millenium, is known to most of us (if at all) for the Nazca Lines, a series of large ancient geoglyphs in the Nazca Desert in southern Peru. But there was much more, as evidenced by a splendid exhibition of ceramics and textiles at MALI (Museo de Arte de Lima).

Monday, July 17, 2017

Lima, Peru: Church Exterior and Interior

Ornate detail, both inside and out, is characteristics of the Spanish Baroque style of colonial churches.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Lima, Peru: Street Scenes

One of the main pedestrian malls in downtown Lima was filled with a variety of colorful scenes. Here's a sample: including, at the end, one of a large number of "stationary mime" exhibits.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Lima, Peru: Church of San Francisco

For the past two weeks we were in in Bolivia, on a wonderful Wilderness Travel tour. To begin the tour, we had to fly from Portland to Atlanta and then to Lima, Peru, where we spent a day (June 28, 2017) before flying to La Paz. This and the next three posts will show scenes from our wanderings around downtown Lima.

These photos show the impressive main door of the Church of San Francisco, schoolchildren in blue uniforms, and worshippers with flowers lined up on a special festival day.

Friday, July 14, 2017

The Huntington: NASA's Orbit Pavilion

I end this photo tour of LA's art museums with something very different at the classically oriented Huntington: NASA's Orbit Pavilion. To quote from the web site:

“Satellites that study the Earth are passing through space continuously, collecting data on everything from hurricanes to the effects of drought. What if you could make contact with these orbiting spacecraft, and bring them “down to Earth?” Visitors can do exactly that when NASA’s Orbit Pavilion sound experience touches down at The Huntington this fall … to produce an innovative “soundscape” experience representing the movement of the International Space Station and 19 Earth Science satellites.” Inside the large, shell-shaped sculpture, distinctive sounds are emitted as each satellite passes overhead: a human voice, the crashing of a wave, a tree branch moving, a frog croaking. Each sound interprets one of the satellites’ missions.”

Sitting inside the shell for a few minutes was a nice, relaxing way to end our visit.