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Love for hand-knitted & -crocheted beauty. Proud designer & founder of LN|Beanies and LN|Andes, my two knit brands, my two loves.

Alarm clock set at 5.30 AM: off to Cusco! After a one hour flight we arrived early in the morning at our first stop in the Andes. Completely different from Lima at first sight, as expected, but it would surprise us even more! After we checked in at our, ahum, dodgy-vanilla-smelly-30$-a-night-hostel, we were ready to discover this amazing city. We headed towards the main Mercado Central, but we ended up in the ‘non-tourist’ zone. A little bit light headed because of the altitude we strolled through the local market, starred, stunned, amazed, surprised, charmed, chocked, … a mixture of crazy, yet positive vibes. We tried all the local food we could; from the delicious typical Peruvian cheese to fresh pomegranates, plantanas, bread, caramalized figs, sweet tomatoes, … We ate for an army or two!

It’s Easter, as you all know, and this is also an important festivity here in Peru. The locals were all dressed up bright and flowers were very present, making it a beautiful and colorful sight.

Peru, Alpaca, Knitwear, … = playground for LN. Time for some souvenir shopping… We bumped into an adorable old lady who was hand knitting amazing Isabel Marant look-a-like cable knit sweaters. Me and Griet we’re sold instantly: how do you like my catch off the day? I love my natural mix color, perfect to combine with every color and size of my beautiful LN|Andes collection!

As it is rainy season at this moment in Cusco, we couldn’t stay behind and we had to buy ourselves a typical-ugly-matchu-picchu raincoat! But we still managed to get some trendy colors, warm orange and petrolium blue. We try to backpack in style as much as possible, even though we both look like exploded chickens.

Again we had an amazingly fun day, with loads of laughters, smiles, excitement, … As you might have noticed, the quality of the pictures have increased dramatically, top photographer Griet Hendrickx is working her Magic! What a talent…

Tomorrow we head to Pisac for our first (small) citadel climb. First try to get some sleep in this stone-hard-bed! Hard core it is!

Love,

LN

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  1. harry kegels #
    April 2, 2012

    hallo jullie,

    wat een fantastische ervaring….prachtige foto’s van en sterke tekst over een op het eerste zicht magisch land…..
    genieten maar is de boodschap….

  2. Bhashkar - OCR Conversion outsourcing #
    April 2, 2012

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  3. April 2, 2012

    Awesome blog…like it

  4. April 2, 2012

    Great Pics. Congrats for being freshly pressed.

  5. April 2, 2012

    Your photos are simply captivating! I was wanting more by the end of the blog! And if not for this entry, I wouldn’t know a thing about Cusco! Great work!

    Safe travels,
    Jennifer

  6. April 2, 2012

    Great photographs…

  7. April 2, 2012

    You’ve captured some seriously colourful, quirky moments – great eye!

    I’m feeling the travel itch coming on…my passport is dying for new stamps and visa stickers.

  8. bambamgriff #
    April 2, 2012

    That looks like beauty, on my before i die list!

  9. April 2, 2012

    After we tested in at our, ahum, dodgy-vanilla-smelly-30$-a-night-hostel, we were willing to find this awesome town. We going towards the primary Mercado Main, but we finished up in the ‘non-tourist’ location.

  10. April 2, 2012

    Awesome photographs, thanks for sharing! Your pictures have so much personality. I love the vivid, energetic colours on your subjects standing out against the darker and more plainly coloured backgrounds 🙂

  11. hamma #
    April 2, 2012

    Peru is magic and these photoshoots are amazing, great!

  12. April 2, 2012

    great journey………

  13. April 2, 2012

    Nice photos. And yarn.

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  14. April 2, 2012

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  17. April 2, 2012

    Thanks for sharing these beautiful pictures … they have brighten my day …and YES I would have bought that jumper too

  18. April 2, 2012

    Thank you,Fun, I like this page

  19. April 2, 2012

    What a beautiful post! 😉

  20. April 2, 2012

    great pics!!!! 🙂

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  22. April 2, 2012

    Nice 😀

  23. Billie Jean #
    April 2, 2012

    Beautiful photos. What a journey! My man is Peruvian and I can’t wait till I get to travel there. I will follow your blog. 😀

  24. April 2, 2012

    Fantastic photos! Thanks for sharing- I know where I want to go next, now:)

  25. April 2, 2012

    Thank you for writing your blog, I have really enjoyed it and it’s helping me get motivated to save for travel, so, thanks!

  26. April 2, 2012

    so beautiful 😀

  27. April 2, 2012

    I love the pictures, especially love the picture of the people hanging and swinging lol 🙂

  28. April 2, 2012

    i like ur post so much.. many colour and very warm place.. 🙂

  29. Penny Langfield #
    April 2, 2012

    You have captured a beautiful city so well. Thanks for bringing back my fond memories from amazing Peru. Enjoy Machu Picchu!
    Penny. X

  30. April 2, 2012

    great vivid colors on the yarn and lady photo!

  31. April 2, 2012

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  33. April 2, 2012

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  35. April 2, 2012

    Oh how I LOVE Peru!!! I’ve never been to Cusco, but your pictures have done it justice, I’m sure!

  36. April 2, 2012

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  37. April 2, 2012

    wow beautiful photo,i like it ^_^

  38. RAMU DAS #
    April 2, 2012

    Wonderful pics! love ’em.

  39. April 2, 2012

    Very useful and informative content has been shared, I must say that your writing skills are very attractive. Moreover sharing information and acknowledging others is really very good job, keep it up.

  40. April 2, 2012

    Breathtaking pix — love all the amazing faces.

    And yeah, that cable-knit sweater is to die for…

    🙂

  41. April 2, 2012

    Great photos! I am amazed how extreme the difference is between a city like Lima and Cusco. It is like a completely different world.

  42. April 2, 2012

    wonderful photographs, lovely moments vividly captured on photos.. by the way, i love your cable knit sweater..

  43. Lotto Results #
    April 2, 2012

    Brilliant photos! Lovely photos of hanging kids! ha ha.

  44. April 2, 2012

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  45. April 2, 2012

    Love it! Thank you for sharing. It has always been my dream to travel to Cusco and Machu Picchu. Have lots of fun, and share some more photos 🙂

  46. April 2, 2012

    The kids and I just learned about Cusco in homeschool. I showed them these beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing them, and thanks to WordPress for pressing them! 🙂

  47. April 2, 2012

    Loved the pics and the upbeat narrative! Eye-catching sweater. Don’t know much about fashion, but as a Mexican I know all about native wares and that was a real find. Congrats on this and the entire experience!

  48. cnaska #
    April 2, 2012

    Wow, the pictures are beautiful!

  49. Carlie Chew #
    April 2, 2012

    Looks like an amazing time. The photographs are beautiful, I love the picture of the woman sitting in front of her yarn.

  50. April 2, 2012

    Great photos; you look very happy in the pics, and I do like that sweater you bought!

  51. April 2, 2012

    I love Cusco! It is my favorite place in the entire world! I have not been back in a couple years, thank you for the amazing pictures and for taking me back to some of my favorite places in Cusco!

  52. April 2, 2012

    The pic of the old lady with multicolored yarns in the background, absolutely stunning

  53. April 2, 2012

    What lovely images! I would love to go to Peru; the colors you have captured here make me want to travel there even more. Thanks for sharing!

  54. Kristina #
    April 2, 2012

    Beautiful shots! I’m getting ready for a trip in June with my husband’s Father who is originally from Cusco. Can’t wait–especially after reading your post! Thanks for sharing!

  55. April 2, 2012

    Love the angle you captured Cusco with! I was there in 2010 and absolutely fell in love with this place. The people, the culture, the history… it’s all surreal. If you are interested you can read about my time in Cusco: http://lesleycarter.wordpress.com/2012/01/22/peru-with-a-purpose/#more-4574

    Great blog!

  56. April 2, 2012

    Wonderful photos!

  57. April 2, 2012

    uhhhhhhh amazing!

    these photographs are awesome! Might have to feature them on my little blog 😉

    Thanks for sharing such great photos!

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  58. Lutgard #
    April 2, 2012

    Hey schatteke,
    Wat een ervaring. Papa heeft me zojuist uitgelegd hoe je dit allemaal moet doen. Het heeft welwat geduurd! Maar voilà tis gelukt!
    Zo een mooi en onvergetelijke ervaring. Genieten hé? Kusjes mama

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  60. maryfollowsthelamb #
    April 2, 2012

    Are the colors so much brighter there because the sun is closer, or is it the love of life there that makes them seem that way? I guess it doesn’t matter – they are gorgeous no matter what the reason!

  61. April 2, 2012

    Nice Blog Great awesome post

  62. April 2, 2012

    Beautiful photos!! Are you going to Machu Picchu??

  63. April 2, 2012

    Nice pics

  64. April 2, 2012

    What great pics. All in all, you guys had a blast and that’s all that matters.

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  65. April 2, 2012

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  66. April 2, 2012

    Reblogged this on Gealachs Blogg and commented:
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  68. April 2, 2012

    Wonderful! Thanks for sharing ❤

  69. Pedro Abreu #
    April 2, 2012

    Lindo e limpo!

  70. April 2, 2012

    Great pics! 🙂 Makes me want to hop on a plane and head on down. 🙂 Thank for posting.

  71. April 2, 2012

    Thanks for sharing! Your photos capture nicely a culture not many have first-hand experience with.

  72. April 2, 2012

    love the pics, enjoyed the rain jackets… Feel bad about the hard beds. I enjoyed your blog, gonna have to visit again.

  73. April 2, 2012

    ah I can’t wait to go! It’s on my itinerary sometime in the second 1/2 of this year on my trek through South America

    my fave shot was the kids doing loops through telephone poles (:

  74. April 2, 2012

    beautiful photos. i even reposted it to my blog even though it has nothing to do with nutrition… hehe 🙂

  75. April 2, 2012

    Very happy to see in foreign eyes my country.

  76. April 2, 2012

    this seems like an amazing trip that i would adore!!! love the cardigan!!! and great photos!!happy trails and peace;-)

  77. April 2, 2012

    love the wall of yarn and the poncho pics, congrats on FP

  78. April 2, 2012

    love the pictures its a photographers dream lots of bright colors and a lot of good places to take pictures, i’ve been there once in the winter and took the tour there. i heard about the main market never been there.next time i’ll go there just to save money,instead of dinning at a restaurant. i love pizac its a tourist trap.

  79. got light? #
    April 2, 2012

    Cusco has definitely a special place in space and time

  80. April 2, 2012

    Thanks for sharing these great pictures!

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  82. April 3, 2012

    Beautiful photos. The quality is great, what camera did you use?

  83. April 3, 2012

    Beautiful Photos 🙂

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  85. April 3, 2012

    Beautiful photos! The colors are amazing!

  86. April 3, 2012

    You did the right thing by staying at the local markets. The photos are amazing. I’d like to know how old some of the vendor ladies were.

  87. April 3, 2012

    What fabulous photos ! I’ll be in Cuzco in a month, and these photos give me great inspiration. Thanks for sharing and congratulations on being Fresh Pressed!

  88. pojokjendela #
    April 3, 2012

    Very colorful and interesting!

  89. Alaska Girl at Heart #
    April 3, 2012

    I’m headed there in September to hike the Inca Trail and see Machu Picchu (after 10 days in the Galapagos). I can’t wait. How long did it take to get used to the altitude? I’m very worried about hiking the Inca Trail in that altitude. I’ll ony have 1 1/2 days in Cuzco before the hike starts.

  90. April 3, 2012

    beautyfull… 🙂

  91. April 3, 2012

    I love your story…:)

  92. April 3, 2012

    That looks amazing! Peru is on my list to visit. Soon I hope!

  93. luckianton #
    April 3, 2012

    it’s not just culinary, but also a trip. Nice !

  94. Bex #
    April 3, 2012

    fabulous photos!!

  95. Sweets and Sweaters #
    April 3, 2012

    That sweater is amazing.
    Beautiful photography.

  96. April 3, 2012

    vibrant!!!

  97. April 3, 2012

    Really great pics! Loved Cusco and Peru so so much when I was there abroad travelling a few years ago! I always appreciate seeing pictures that remind me of it. Wish I had been blogging back then!

  98. MC #
    April 3, 2012

    really great pictures, i miss cusco~

  99. April 3, 2012

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  100. April 3, 2012

    Peru is such a beautiful and inspirational, I spent so time myself in Huarez…also a mountain town I loved the people the colours the whole ambiance and history of the place, very different from the coastal Peru. I also learned the the hats the women wear have significance with regard to whether they are available or married…great photos too…I sahll definitely check out the rest of your blog…

  101. April 3, 2012

    A very charismatic person would write a blog like this and take beautiful pictures like this.

  102. Lotto Ergebnisse #
    April 3, 2012

    Beautiful pictures! Awesome blog! Congratulations on being freshly pressed.

  103. April 3, 2012

    I like the pictures in the market especially, they seem to capture a little more of the everyday than in other locations.

  104. April 3, 2012

    5 6 n 9 are beautifully shot..

  105. April 3, 2012

    Brilliant pictures! And really love your sense of style.

  106. April 3, 2012

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  107. April 3, 2012

    These are beautiful photos!

  108. April 3, 2012

    Really nice photos, makes me wonder why i haven’t visited Peru yet, since it is so close to Brazil :).

  109. April 3, 2012

    what amazing photos and it seems an equally amazing trip. Enjoy the rest of it.

  110. April 3, 2012

    enjoyed this

  111. April 3, 2012

    Gorgeous! This is #1 on my bucket list, can’t wait to see more!

  112. April 3, 2012

    Yes love that yarn pic! My mom is from Bolivia so the culture is just like Peru. Love lake titicaca.
    Great job of capturing the essence of the culture.

  113. April 3, 2012

    Yeah, loves those poncho raincoats, but I guess if they kept you dry then they did their job.

  114. Victoria #
    April 3, 2012

    Gorgeous post, and i love that shot of the local women carrying the baby goats! Very evocative photographs, colours are vibrant…might i ask what camera you’re using?

  115. April 3, 2012

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  117. April 4, 2012

    Love to see my country captured in such amazing pictures!

  118. April 4, 2012

    Very nice That looks amazing! Peru is on my list to visit. Soon I hope!

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  124. April 5, 2012

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  125. April 6, 2012

    Exquisite photography!

  126. April 6, 2012

    Nice! I’ve got happy memories of Cusco!

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  135. April 9, 2012

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