Discovering the Lost City of the Inca, Machu Picchu

In honor of the summer solstice, we are re-posting this account of our visit to Machu Picchu on nearly the longest day a few years ago.

A harrowing bus ride, brushes with llamas, and inexplicable happenings – and even when visiting a wonder of the world, your GypsyNesters can sniff out some weird regional food!
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In honor of the summer solstice, we are re-posting this account of our visit to Machu Picchu on nearly the longest day a few years ago.

A harrowing bus ride, brushes with llamas, and inexplicable happenings – and even when visiting a wonder of the world, your GypsyNesters can sniff out some weird regional food!
 CONTINUE READING >> 

How to Do Mardi Gras Without Being Asked to Lift Your Shirt!

Don’t get us wrong – we LOVE New Orleans. But the thought of wading into a Big Easy Mardi Gras is something better left to young whippersnappers.

We took the rural route and learned about the wonderful goings-on in Cajun Country – what they call the REAL Mardi Gras!

Courir de Mardi Gras involves costumed men dancing on horseback, begging, and chicken chasing!

La Grande Boucherie des Cajuns A tradition older than Mardi Gras, is a communal hog butcher and meat fest.

Fais do-do See what Cajuns do once the kids go to bed… CONTINUE READING >>

Don’t get us wrong – we LOVE New Orleans. But the thought of wading into a Big Easy Mardi Gras is something better left to young whippersnappers.

We took the rural route and learned about the wonderful goings-on in Cajun Country – what they call the REAL Mardi Gras!

Courir de Mardi Gras involves costumed men dancing on horseback, begging, and chicken chasing!

La Grande Boucherie des Cajuns A tradition older than Mardi Gras, is a communal hog butcher and meat fest.

Fais do-do See what Cajuns do once the kids go to bed… CONTINUE READING >>

Only One Day in Paris? Here’s What to do!

What if you only had one day to spend in Paris? 

How could you spend it and see the highlights?

What if you have a week, but have no idea where to start?

We have the answer! Find out how we saw  Paris’ most famous landmarks – including lunch in the Eiffel Tower and dinner on the… CONTINUE READING >>

What if you only had one day to spend in Paris? 

How could you spend it and see the highlights?

What if you have a week, but have no idea where to start?

We have the answer! Find out how we saw  Paris’ most famous landmarks – including lunch in the Eiffel Tower and dinner on the… CONTINUE READING >>

Bling Me Back to Graceland, Home of the King

We were married on Elvis’ birthday. Hold on there big fellah, it was just a coincidence. 

I didn’t even realize it until I woke up in a champagne haze, with the TV still blaring on our wedding night.

I knew the Fates had conspired when I half-opened one eye and saw there on the news… CONTINUE READING >>

We were married on Elvis’ birthday. Hold on there big fellah, it was just a coincidence. 

I didn’t even realize it until I woke up in a champagne haze, with the TV still blaring on our wedding night.

I knew the Fates had conspired when I half-opened one eye and saw there on the news… CONTINUE READING >>

Beijing – Forbidden No More

For those of us who grew up in the “eat your vegetables, there are starving kids in China” era, visiting Beijing really seemed like a trip into a forbidden city. Back then the city was known… CONTINUE READING >>

For those of us who grew up in the “eat your vegetables, there are starving kids in China” era, visiting Beijing really seemed like a trip into a forbidden city. Back then the city was known… CONTINUE READING >>