Mira (sol and flores)
Trip Start Feb 28, 2011
22Trip End Jun 01, 2011
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The next afternoon Mirasol met me and we went to Kennedy Park in Miraflores and took a tour of the city. We went through Plaza San Martin and Plaza De Armas ,both are beautiful open squares in the middle of the busy city with brightly colored buildings and people everywhere. We were able to go into Iglesia San Francisco built in 1674. Inside the church there is an incredible library with books from the 17th century. Unfortunately, you cannot take pictures in there, but it is an amazing place. Then we headed down to the catacombs, which were the city’s first cemetery. There are bones everywhere. The ceiling is about five feet high so I had to duck for about twenty-five minutes. Inside the catacombs there are wells and at the bottom of the wells there are bones that are used to create a design, I would not want to be down there alone. We headed back to Miraflores and had some local Peruvian food that night
The following day I went to Museo Larco on the other side of town. They have a collection that includes over 3000 years of Peruvian history and surrounded by beautiful gardens. It is one of the best museums in the world. I ended my time in Peru by walking through Miraflores eating a churro that was filled with something from another planet. It was a combination of warm chocolate, vanilla and peanut butter. I made my way to Kennedy Park to say goodbye to Mirasol and while I was sitting there waiting for her, I decided to walk into Iglesia Virgen Milagrosa. Since it was Sunday night Mass was going on. It's a huge church and must have had thousands of people inside. There was so many people inside they were spilling out into the street. After a few minutes I was able to make my way into the back of the church. Everyone was standing singing in Spanish and the Catholic Priest was leading the way. It was a kind of singing that I never heard before. It was another indescribable moment on this journey for me.
"May the best of your todays be the worst of your tomorrows" Jay-Z, Young Forever