Thursday, August 25, 2005

Machu Picchu



Here's another one of the pic's I used as a screensaver. My brother took this while on assignment with the embassy in Lima. He gets all the sweet gigs.

I've always been fascinated with Machu Picchu in Peru. The name means "manly peak", but most of the people that lived there were women, children and priests.
Someday, I hope to see this place for myself. For now, I guess I'll just have to keep staring at my computer all day, thinking about what's outside.

I just love this picture, how the green mountain floats above the mist/clouds. Every time I look at this scene I search for that one, solitary tree and.... ponder it.

The Incans thought their gods would reign forever and would keep them forever as well. They built this place as a temple. Spanish documents of the Indian Archives in Seville record that Incan leader Atahuallpato said to Fray Wicente Valverde, when asked to accept Christ-- "The Christ that you speak of died, the Sun and Moon never die, besides how do you know your god created the world?"

But for the tourists, and occasional goat, the temple stands empty today.

11 comments:

Jimmy said...

That's an awesome pic. I want to visit there, too, along with the Mayan and Aztec cities in Mexico. These ancient cultures make for very fascinating reading.

BlackVelvetLace said...

What a gorgeous place. At first I thought it was of Ireland. Then again, I'm Irish, we think everyplace that's green with stone walls is in Ireland.

flippnsweet said...

Jimmy~ Yes, it's very humbling to see societies that have come and gone.
It's also very frightening to see our own culture growing more and more similar to those that have famously fallen.
It's not what they had, it's what they were missing.
I hope in our grab for more we don't turn loose of the rock on which we first built this thing.

flippnsweet said...

BVL- Ireland. Now there's another place I'd like to see.

Of course, I need to take some whistling lessons first.

Steph said...

I'm going back to Ireland in November!

I'm also saving up tons of cash to do an around the world year and Lima is definitely one of my stops!

It looks so gorgeous, so other worldly.

flippnsweet said...

Steph~ I am way jealous of your travel plans and your wads of cash. ;)

Got any extra room in your luggage?

Steph said...

Sweet, I'm sure I can fit you in!

Jimmy said...

Don't forget me! I'm a little tall to fit into your luggage, but I'll stand up straight and you can pass me off as your skis.

Steph said...

But he's got a luggage tag! I don't understand the problem Mr. Security Officer.

BlackVelvetLace said...

I've gone to Carolina In My Mind.

gwadzilla said...

I proposed to my wife at Macchu Picchu
it is a special place of awe and wonder