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South America » Peru » Lima March 4th 2014

We have been planning to visit South America for quite some time. Years ago Linda's brother visited Machu Picchu and raved about it. As it is the only continent, other than Antarctica, that we have never visited it is about time that we go. As retirees, we have a pretty flexible schedule. We wanted to go when the weather was good (no rain and fog obscuring Machu Picchu) and the tourists few (no crowds and lower prices), which meant May, September or October according to our Travelblog research. We originally targeted mid-Sep to mid-Oct of this year. I mostly use frequent flyer miles for my travels, usually reserving 330 days in advance to ensure the availability of seats using the fewest miles. But last fall I didn't have enough miles for two round trips, so waited ... read more

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima February 24th 2014

20 February 2014 – Thursday – Lima, Peru Visit to Historical Centre; Live Jazz at the Jazz Zone – This morning we headed out the door and in the opposite direction from yesterday, toward the historical centre and the Plaza de Armas. (Most South Amrerican cities and towns have a Plaza de Armas, which can be translated as ‘army square’ and which was the place where power was displayed, but they are mostly now renamed Plaza Mayor or Main Square for political correctness.) It is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It was founded by the Spanish Conquistador, Francisco Pizarro in 1535. Although severely damaged by earthquakes, the 'City of the Kings' was, until the middle of the 18th century, the capital and most important city of the Spanish dominions in South America. Many of its buildings ... read more
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South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Lima February 20th 2014

19 February 2014 – Wednesday – Lima, Peru Walkabout Lima. San Isidro and Miraflores. We are staying in a small apartment in San Isidro, Residencial Sori, at 3060 Avienda Arequipa, one of the main through roads in Lima. It is very noisy with steady traffic all day and most of the night. We begin our day with a walk in the neighbourhood and a disappointing coffee and empanada at a local bakery. (The coffee was so poor, more milk than coffee, micro-waved but still cold, that we sent it back and asked for a bottle of water in its place.) Both San Isidro and Miraflores are residential/commercial suburbs south and nearer the coast than the historical centre. The streets are lined with lovely, well-maintained houses and apartment blocks, as well as high-rise business towers of a ... read more
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South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Lima February 11th 2014

Sunday 9th February (Odyssey Day 93) It was a lazy breakfast of bread rolls with jam today. We certainly had an easy start to the day. Ellie and I soon headed out to the San Francisco Monastery and catacombs. It only cost S/. 7 to enter this beautiful looking monastery. You do need to have a guide to take you around though and we had to wait about 10 minutes for the next group with an English speaking guide. The tour was very informative but a bit rushed. The guide was certainly enthusiastic about the place, though he seemed to speak in a whisper most of the time. Perhaps that was just his way of adding to the enthralling atmosphere of the place. In the ossuary are piles of the bones of approximately 25000 people found ... read more
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South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » La Molina February 10th 2014

I have arrived in Lima, to start a trip which would not have happened, but for last year’s event. A journey I am undertaking with my mother. It should have been my father who accompanied my mother, it was their trip. But it was not to be. And so my mother and I start on this journey, on the trip she and my dad had planned. It is in a very real sense a new beginning. For the first time I won’t be able to share my travels with my dad, he won’t be reading my blogs, he won’t be asking me questions about the places I visit, he won’t be tracing my wanderings on a map back home, and when I come home, he won’t be there waiting for me. This trip with my mother ... read more
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South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Miraflores February 8th 2014

Tanker omkring et kontinent - på vej til Caribien ! På hele kontinentet har vi oplevet en fanastisk forskel på livet mellem land og by - storbyer på ligefod med europæiske storbyer, og landliv så fattigt og ubegribeligt tilbageståenhed. Her er slum hvor vi i Danmark ville tvangsanbringe ALLE børn øjeblikkelig. Gadebørn og gadefamilier, familier på landet i lerklinede huse og mudder til anklerne, børn der bare tisser på gaden osv. Her er affald overtalt - tusinder der lever uden rimelige sanitære forhold. Hunde - der er hunde overalt. Løse hunde der løber rundt i store flokke på gaderne, gør og strejfer rundet efter mad. Hunde i alle størrelser, forfatninger og tilstande - maske der skulle overvejes en hundefænger som i "gamle dage". Vi har desværre oplevet latinoernes ikke særlige gode omgang med dyr, ingen tager ... read more

South America » Peru » Lima February 8th 2014

Life in Bohemia. Spent about a week in Barranco, Lima during which I had the pleasure to meet some of the coolest people on the planet. Funnily enough the sun was too hot and the ocean too cold, but the Peruvians seemed to deal with it just fine and made it a daily practice to fill up every last remaining inch of the long beach. Far from all the hustle and bustle of the center, Barranco proved the perfect escape from the around-the-clock honking and the overwhelming sense of an incomprehensible vastness (it's pushing on 10 million folks) that is Lima. In short, I loved it.... read more

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Miraflores December 24th 2013

from an ecuadora city high in the sky surrounded by volcanic mountains---sleeping peacefully at the moment---to the capital city of peru, lima, where the pacific ocean and humid, balmy weather predominates, is a big jump...a welcome one because even though the altitude eventually becomes mostly unnoticeable the shift to men in short sleeves, women in the skimpiest denim cut offs, and ocean breezes is wonderful...i'm staying in the tourist section of lima, miraflores, and it's the day before christmas so the five story department store i just left was swarming with shoppers...it could have been macy's if everyone didn't have a tan...the people in ecuador were attractive, the people in peru are sexy...at breakfast this morning an asain-american couple from california shared a sad, scary story with me...the woman, who by profession is a prosecuting attorney, ... read more

South America » Peru » Lima December 14th 2013

The border crossing into Peru was relatively painless but whilst driving to Punta Sal it was very noticeable that the Peruvians or not hot on litter free countryside. The dry, dusty environment didn't help the first impressions of Peru either but fortunately the beach we camped on for a couple of nights was pure heaven. No hawkers or locals or even any other travellers as Dragoman had the whole site and stunning, private beach to ourselves. The sea was warm enough and it took least 5 minutes after pitching our tent on the sand, to be in the water. The bar served the local speciality - pisco sour by the bucket load and there was more live music for our entertainment in the evening. A beach fire was also lit and it was difficult to imagine ... read more

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Miraflores November 22nd 2013

As I stepped off the plane in Peru the feeling hit me. I was in the chaos. Not only was I in another American continent (the south one) but it was the other half of the globe. It was where summer is winter and winter is summer. My world was flipped. Muy Bien!! I had stepped into the mystical world. I had known Spanish language, countries, customs and people since I was 14. So I felt somewhat at ease in a Latin country. It had been my desire and dream to visit Peru ever since I had seen pictures of the famed ancient civilization of Machu Pichu. Soon I had heard about and seen photos of the epic waves that peel down deserted sandy desert beaches. I would count the days until I could experience that ... read more
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