On Tuesday the 15th of November, we were preparing to leave Cusco, and I was frustrated that I had 2 "Old " pictures, in Cusco, that I was not able to find the location of ....... So the search began.
I knew that if I did not find these old pictures now, I never would, and I would be disappointed with myself for the rest of the trip, for being LAZY....
For the following picture, we hailed taxi after taxi, and showed the driver of the taxi the laptop computer to see if they recognized the location of the following picture. Finally an older cab driver did, and off we went.
The original picture was from Carpenter Travel's, printed in 1926. It was amazing how little it had changed in 80 years. The rails were missing from the street, but little else had changed! Now there are little shops that sell soda and candy in the old door ways....
The next "Old" photograph was not recognized by the taxi drivers, so we pulled out the BMW and started driving up and down every street in Cusco. We loaded the digital camera, with a small picture of the small windows at the top of the balcony, that appeared very individualistic. We used this image and the fact that the balcony had 8 panels, and off we went.
It is fairly easy to find the "Then and Now" photo's, if they are of known landmarks, but these nondescript photos are really a "Needle in a Haystack" game. For some reason, these are the ones I really enjoy hunting down. Hey, it is better than shooting wild game in Africa!
After hundred's of balconies, this one had similar windows, so we unpack the laptop, and Lo and Behold, we have a match. Junk is currently stored in the balcony and there were many missing glass panels. Downstairs is a Kodak film processor and other small businesses. I actually get giddy when I find the locations of photo's like this. It also drives us to see all the small streets and neighborhoods in a town like this, and that is also enjoyable.
Task complete.... We can now leave Cusco! On the 16th of November, we head south for Puno, Peru, located on the shores of Lake Titicaca, at an altitude of 12,530 feet.
This was the "Abra La Raya" pass, which was nearly 15,000 feet in elevation.
The day seemed dream like........
Looking forward to tomorrow and our trip to the floating islands of Lake Titicaca......
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