Peter and Caroline's Most Excellent Adventure!!!
From little seaside resorts to the bright lights of Peru's capital city. Where do the other tourists hide that's what we want to know because the whole time we were there we hardly saw anyÂ¡ Initially our tour guide put the fear of God in us and told us not to stray from the beaten path etc etc to the point we thought that these city living Peruvians must be on the verge of a cumulative psychosis. Happily the contrary we discovered to be the case. Possibly because our Spanish is improving everyday (you should hear us in restaurants we sound like gastronomic localsÂ¡Â¡) or maybe it is because we have become addicted to Pisco Sours so all our inhibitions are out of the window. Whatever the reason unlike many other people we have met on our travels we received a very warm welcome in Lima and found the locals only too happy to help us and talk with us. The place itself is composed of quite contrasting types of architecture but we have found most cities we have visited have this divide. The disheartening mix of shanty towns against a back drop of the shimmering mirror veneer of wealthier properties. Unlike other cities though the veneer here does not adourn skyscrappers. The tallest building in Lima is 13 floors and the top 5 are only inhabited by bats because the locals believe that being that high up is simply not right - strange but trueÂ¡Â¡ We have had some great nights out here including a karaoke fiasco which found Caroline singing Knock Knock Knocking on Heavens door and both of us dueting Knights in White Satin at 4am in the morningÂ¡Â¡ Well when in Lima...... The changing of the guards was quite wonderful although listening to a brass band with a hangover is quite an out of body experience we can assure youÂ¡Â¡ Talking of out of body the church we visited in Lima is amazing full of interesting frescos and odd architecture. Externally it looks like something from Hitchcock's "Birds" and internally... well a synthesis of horror and wonderment. Harry Potteresque librarys and open graves full of 1000's of lovingly organised bones complete with skulls. Not for the faint hearted especially if you are in the slightest bit claustrophobicÂ¡Â¡ All in all a great city which we would love to revisit, 3 days is really difficult to do the place justice in!! Anyway off to the home of Pete's new favourite beverage...PiscoÂ¡Â¡