LIMA

Dec 24, 2015by tracey Comments

It’s that time of year – our annual holiday trip.  This year we are doing Peru, well, part of Peru. Eight days worth of Peru.   We got to Lima very late night before last. We leave very early tomorrow morning for Cusco.  Due to the fact that Peru is in the same time zone as New York it is much harder for me to blog.

Normally I am seven to thirteen hours ahead of when my blog gets sent out, so I can get up and write at eight in the morning and still be out of the room by 10:30 and get in a full day and night. Not so here. Plus, we have an official guide for the first time. The last two days a woman named Diana has been taking us around. She is usually waiting in the lobby and we are usually late.

So that very long explanation is to cover my own blogging ass and let you know I may be posting Peru blogs from New York next week.

The first day we only had the afternoon,  holy jet jag, that would have been yesterday. So yes, yesterday Diana picked us up in our mini bus and we did McLima. Downtown highlights, The San Francisco Monastery where we were forbidden to take photos though Taylor snuck one in the catacombs and I snuck one in the garden; where I had escaped to with Lucy as the catacombs freaked out. I have been in a lot of catacombs and they don’t actually freak me out. But Diana had said we had to spend 15 minutes in them and I am so adverse to anyone telling me what to do I left because she told me I had to stay and Lucy was freaked out.

Lima is big. It’s spread out. Twelve million people live here.  It’s second world peddling fast, but not as fast as some other countries.

It is very clean. It’s not as lively as Mexico City or as sophisticated as Buenos Aires or Rio, but it has its own charm. And as I said to Glenn when I woke up this morning and looked out the window, I just love seeing anywhere new and it’s fun to be here.

Obligatory room shot.
Obligatory room shot.
View from room.
View from room.
Colorful buildings - the new and the old.
Colorful buildings – the new and the old.

yellos - 1

cosmetics - 1 (9)
Knows where he’s going.

 

Near our hotel.
Near our hotel. I love South American street vendors.

street painting

Huac Pucllana a giant complex built by fisherman that dates back to 100AD sits in the middle of a modern neighborhood.
Huac Pucllana a giant complex built by fisherman that dates back to 100AD sits in the middle of a modern neighborhood.
Plaza Mayor - the biggest square. Too big to get in with my camera.
Plaza Mayor – the biggest Square. Too big to get in with my camera. That is La Cathedral
This is inside the small Chapel next to the big Cathedral. We didn't get to go inside the big Cathedral. Which pissed me off as I love a Cathedral, but Diana had us on a short leash and it did not leave time for the inside of the Cathedral.Glenn and I snuck off to get this and she was not happy.
This is inside the small Chapel next to the big Cathedral. We didn’t get to go inside the big Cathedral. Which pissed me off as I love a Cathedral.  But Diana had us on a short leash and it did not leave time for the inside of the Cathedral.Glenn and I snuck off to get this and she was not happy.
Presidentail Palace in the Plaza Mayor.
Presidential  Palace in the Plaza Mayor.
The museum part of the Cathedral - I think. It's attached since we didn't go, I can't explain.
The museum part of the Cathedral – I think. It’s attached since we didn’t go, I can’t explain.
Ready for Christmas
Ready for Christmas
Singing Santas
Singing Santas
The other side of the Square.
The other side of the Square.
This was a train station and its now a library of sorts.
This was a train station and its now a library of sorts; Mostly for displaying older texts.
I love this shopping street filled with Teddy Bears.
I love this old shopping street filled with teddy bears. The glass has been removed from the top because of all the earthquakes – there is no way to earthquake proof it.
We went off course again and wandered into this small museum devoted to an excavation of a 14th century house's workings.
We went off course again and wandered into this small museum devoted to an excavation of a 16th century house’s workings.
Lucy with her back to the excavation sight.
Lucy with her back to the excavation sight.
San Francisco built in 1557 contains a church, convent and catacombs, plus many chapels.
San Francisco built in 1557 contains a church, convent and catacombs, plus many chapels.
Bones in the catacombs
Bones in the catacombs- taken by Taylor.She gets the best shots!
Picture I snuck in the garden of San Francisco
Picture I snuck in the garden of San Francisco

people - 1

 

Girls are starting to let me take their picture with me more.
Girls are starting to let me take their picture with me more. Lucy still not smiling much.
Taylor took this - I like it
Taylor took this – I like it
coast - 1
Ten percent of Peru is coastal. Thirty percent is the Andes, the biggest mountain range outside of the Himalayas and sixty percent is jungle.
Eighty-five percent is Catholic.
Eighty-five percent is Catholic.