A day to explore the city of grandeur

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July 13th 2016
Published: July 13th 2016
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Arriving in the early morning, we looked out of the fogged up window of our overnight bus. The sun was rising and we could make out the shapes and colours of the city as we entered into its heart. Despite hearing the many things this city had to offer; the churches, theaters, archaeological sites and other things of very little interest to us (such as the 24hr nightlife scene) we decided to limit ... Read Full Entry

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13th July 2016
Buildings of grandeur

15th July 2016
Hand-made building blocks

Adobe bricks!
Oh you Brits, with your stone and wooden buildings, may not know that cities in the New World were often made of mud! Yes, Machu Picchu and the nearby Inca sites are of stone, as are most remaining archaeological sites because adobe (mud) bricks tends to go back to mud after a few centuries. But in dry places like Lima, northern Peru and my California, indigenous people and the Spanish built with adobe because there was no stone or wood. I once helped make these adobe bricks of clay, straw and water, and it's heavy work, but hey, they had lots of workers (willing or not).
19th July 2016
Hand-made building blocks

Re: Adobe bricks!
Oh wow. Thats very interesting. We never knew that about the New World. Seemed like gruelling laborious work making thousands of these small things by hand. Seeing the ruins in Peru was very impressive knowing this.
17th July 2016

Nice story
We were in Lima ourselves a few years ago. I liked your story from there. I now realize that there is plenty more to see and to do in Lima than we took in when we were there. Good to know because it might be that we go back there some day. /Ake
19th July 2016

Re: Nice story
Thank you. We were unsure ourselves what to do in Lima prior to arriving, so only scheduled the one day there. We found it to be a very nice & interesting place. Glad we were able to show you a different side to your previous visit.

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