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April 7th 2008
Published: April 12th 2008
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Milaflores Cathedral Milaflores Cathedral Milaflores Cathedral

around the corner from the Flying Dog (where I stayed)
Note: this will be the last entry for awhile as my trip is complete and now I'm back home to numerous hugs and kisses from my girls. I crammed as much as I could possibly get into 3 weeks and I had a great trip, but 3 weeks away is a bit too long I think (especially for Mikaela, but for me too). Ann is awesome, of course. I've put lots of other blog entries up (for which you didn't get emails). Just click on my name and scroll down and you'll see the whole list (in reverse chronological order). Or, just go to this link: and scroll down.


In 1532 the Spanish Francisco Pizarro landed in Peru with a force of around 180 men. Conditions were favourable to conquest, for the empire was debilitated by a just-concluded civil war between the heirs to the Inca throne, Atahualpa and Huascar, each of whom was seeking to control the empire.

When Atahualpa arrived, the Spaniards ambushed and seized him, and killed thousands of his followers. Although Atahualpa paid the most fabulous ransom known to history—a room full of gold and another full of silver—for his freedom, the
the Cathedralthe Cathedralthe Cathedral

at the Plaza de Armas
Spaniards murdered him in 1533.

The city of Lima was founded by Spanish Francisco Pizarro on January 18, 1535, as the City of Kings. Today nearly one-third of the nation's population lives in this one metropolitan area with near 8 million inhabitants.

In 2008, the Canadian Gerry Timmermans landed in Peru with a force of just 1. Conditions were favourable for beer-drinking and darts, for the Milaflores neighbourhood contained an English-style pub with a dart-board (thee Old Pub). The ensuing duel between Australian, English, Peruvian and Canadian forces was awesome to behold and a Canadian/Peruvian alliance was seen to decimate the English/Australian enemy in a quick, decisive battle.

The victory was shortlived, however, as an ensuing battle less than 24 hours later saw Canadian and American forces ambushed by a newly formed English/Peruvian alliance. The defeat was so overwhelming that it forced the Canadian to flee the country, back to his native Canada.

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cathedral at nightcathedral at night
cathedral at night

at the Plaza de Armas
cathedral cathedral

view from the pedestrian street across the plaza
the Plaza de Armas (Presidential Palace)the Plaza de Armas (Presidential Palace)
the Plaza de Armas (Presidential Palace)

about to be trampled by a horse and carriage (Presidential Palace in the background)

minus the carriage

security around the Presidential Palace is tight, at least 6 tanks and dozens of soldiers patrolled the area.
a Peruvian flaga Peruvian flag
a Peruvian flag

on the mountainside in view from the Plaza de Armas
Monasterio de San Francisco Monasterio de San Francisco
Monasterio de San Francisco

Catacombs are built under the monastery, and are said to connect to other catacombs beneath the cathedral and other area churches. The convent's library is world-renowned. The church was completed in 1674.
15 piece band15 piece band
15 piece band

By fortunate coincidence, this 15 piece band was playing in the Plaza in front Monasterio de San Francisco as I wandered by.
San Francisco churchSan Francisco church
San Francisco church

inside the San Francisco church
Plaza San MartinPlaza San Martin
Plaza San Martin

this is a panoramic, I'll work on improving the look of this one
Iglesia de la Merced?Iglesia de la Merced?
Iglesia de la Merced?

this is a vertical panoramic shot so I could get the whole thing in, I'm going to work on this to make it look better
the shorelinethe shoreline
the shoreline

along the beach near Milaflores
the cliffsthe cliffs
the cliffs

along the beach near Milaflores, I had a beer on the patio way at the top there, from which I took the picture of the shoreline

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