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Quito at Night

It’s no wonder that Quito was the first city to be placed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list (along with Krakow) in 1978.  The place is an architectural gem, on par with any European city. In fact, much of the designs are from Italian architects whose work was brought to Ecuador by missionaries as early as the 1500’s (Bernini for example, who designed the Vatican). The churches are beyond impressive and are worth… Read More

Fernandina Island, Galapagos

I just read that Jane Austen is replacing Charles Darwin on the 10-pound bill, which brought to mind the Galapagos Islands.  This is the scene when you take your first steps on Fernandina Island, and absolutely pristine place. Watch your step!

galapagos, water, ocean, leon dormido, kicker rock

Beneath the surface Sharks sway through coral gardens, Slicing through schools of razor surgeon fish, Silver knives into billowing curtains of black and yellow. Parrot fish of myriad pastels scrape bulbous coral heads with their beaks, In concert with shrimp and reef fish feeding en masse. The seas fill with a soft static, A radio station long out of range. Orange cup coral, giant sea fans and tiger anemones color the ground… Read More