Patty Ellsworth

Mrs Ellsworth

Patty Ellsworth

To Friends and Family,
This blog started out to share what I learned as I traveled with my high school history students. Now that I am retired I am looking forward to more adventures. In about 10 days I will be leaving for Israel and Jordan. We will be visiting the major sites in the Holy Land and also Petra in Jordan. You are receiving this e-mail because at some point you asked to be listed on this travel blog. If you would like to continue receiving my blog and maybe learn something new you don't need to do anything. If you are tired of hearing my ramblings please unsubscribe. I have no way of knowing who receives this message. I have a feeling that there are many old students and friends whom I have lost contact with. I would love to hear from you. Best wishes -
Mrs. Ellsworth (Mom, Grandma, Patty)

Middle East » Israel » Haifa District »  Caesaria October 28th 2013

Greetings from the beautiful land of Israel, This morning we woke on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. We have spent the day touring around the area including Mt. Carmel, Nazareth, and a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. We are traveling with John Lund, an LDS religious scholar. It has been amazing! I can't get the captions on photos. One is. WWI graveyard And the other two are at the Nazareth Village where they have tried to recreate 1st century Nazareth. It was a very interesting tour.... read more

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Miraflores July 5th 2013

Well, it is our last day before returning home to Vegas. This morning we visited a pre-Columbian pyramid just a few blocks away from our hotel. the excavation started in the 1980's and they still have more than half to uncover. So far they have found several remains of people who were ritually sacrificed. Interestingly, most were women who were mothers. It is speculated that the Lima people were matriarchal, with women leaders and other women groomed for sacrifice. They also showed head trauma, which is similar to the Inca mummies discovered. This afternoon we visited the Inquisadors Museum. It was pretty crazy to see the devices the church made to torture people into submission. The museum is on the site where the Inquisition courts were held. if you don't remember what the inquisition was you ... read more
Lima Pyramid Mummy
Pyramid At Lima
Peru buddies

South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu July 2nd 2013

What an amazing day! Early this morning, 6:30am to be exact, we got on a bus to take us up the mountain to the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu. This site was built in the 1400-1500's. They worked on it for 90 yrs. and still did not finish it. It was built as a sanctuary for the priests and nobles. The people under the control of the Inca had to pay an annual labor tax, and it was those people who did all the hard labor. In 1911Hiram Bingham, a professor at Yale University came to Peru to find the lost city. When he arrived in Aguascalientes Calientes a local man told him about the site and guided him up to it. Restoration took many years. In 1948 it opened to tourism. Today it is considered ... read more
Top of the mountains

South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu July 1st 2013

Hola from Aguas Calientes. Today we went from one adventure to another: 1. Went to an animal sanctuary and saw condors close up. A little too close for me! 2. We then learnEd about llamas and alpacas, and how to tell the difference. The llama's tail sticks up and the alpacas' does not. I am now an expert on Peruvian cameloids:). Feeding them grass was an adventure! 3. The bus drive into the Sacred Valley is not for the faint of heart. The horn got more use than any other part of the bus. 4. Sampling guinea pig, a favorite in Peru, was next. We came on a roadside bar-b-que with several roasting over a fire. The tour guide dubbed the head of one of them and we divided the others among us. I would not ... read more
Beautiful children!
Vista Dome Train

South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco » Cusco June 30th 2013

Hopefully I can add a few more photos here. The Internet is pretty slow and very tempermental!... read more
Inca slippery slide
Cuzco monastery

South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco » Cusco June 30th 2013

Our day in Lima was interesting. One thing we learned is that the people of Peru have to vote in public elections or face a huge fine. That idea might improve voting rates in the USA. The colonial buildings were beautiful but we were more excited to discover a pre Columbian archaeology dig just blocks from our hotel where within the last few weeks they found five more mummies, all young women, who apparently had been sacrificial victims. One of the most unusual places was the catacombs under the cathedral. The bones of 35,000 people are in bins and dry wells. This morning we were up very early to catch the plane to Cuzco. It is located in the top of the Andes mountains at an elevation of 11,000 ft. They pass out cacao leaves at ... read more

South America » Peru » Lima June 29th 2013

Hola, We arrived safely in Lima, Peru. Lima is located on the coast of the Pacific Ocean. Check it out on Google Earth. Even though it is on the coast and is humid (much like San Francisco's climate, it is still considered a desert because it receives very little rainfall. One third of Peru's population lives here. It was the capital center of Spain's new world empire, serving as the Vice Royalty until 1823. Pizzaro, the conquistador, founded tithe city in 1543. Today is a holiday commemorating St. Peter &St. Paul. Debbie and I are just leaving to attend a special mass in the cathedral. This afternoon we will have a guided tour of the city. Adios - Ms. E., Patty, Mom, Nana... read more
Tour driver, Eduardo, in Lima
Hotel Carmel in Lima

South America » Peru » Lima June 28th 2013

Dear Friends and Family, We're off again - this time to Peru. You, at one time, expressed interest in following our adventures, if you no longer want to receive e-mails please unsubscribe. I will look forward to sharing what I learn along the way. Best Wishes - Patty... read more

Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Akb├╝k July 10th 2011

Dear Friends & Family, I think some of my technical problems have been solved. We are staying at the Kismet Hotel, a very luxurious hotel right on the Aegean. I have a room with two balconies, one overlooking the beautiful city of Kusadasi, formerly ancient Ephesus, and one with a great view of the Aegean. I took a mini bus into the city tonight to try and find a new battery. Not only did I get a battery but I met some very nice people. I was a little nervous taking off by myself but everyone from the man at the bus stop to shop keepers to the bus driver were incredibly gracious! Right now if you ask me what my favorite thing about Turkey is, the people would win hands down. Ephesus is the city ... read more

Middle East » Turkey July 9th 2011

Hi Family and Friends, Besides technical problems with the Internet and my camera, I am having a wonderful time here in Turkey. The people are gracious, the food is yummy and the history is amazing! Today we arrived in Bursa, a large city south of the Sea of Marmara, thus called because of one of it's islands was the source of marble for the Roman Empire. We are on the bus usually by 7:30 am and don't get back to our rooms until after 10 pm. Yesterday we visited the memorial sites at Gallipoli, the archeological site at Troy, swam in the Hellspont and finished the night eating dinner on a patio, watching the sun set on the Dardanelles. Today we spent most of the day on the bus. On our arrival in Bursa we visited ... read more

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