Footsy in the Big City

Trip Start Aug 09, 2007
Trip End Ongoing

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Sunday, November 16, 2008

Our time in Peru is coming to an end and have headed to Lima for a few days before our flight to Panama.  Lima is the capital of Peru and home to 8 million Peruvians.  Also home to a disturbed man who beelined straight for Jeremy (who is wearing sandals) and removed his shoe (which was sockless) and quickly rubbed his toes on Jeremy and then squealed as he walked away.  It was disturbing, disgusting and hilarious all at the same time.  After a footbath, we headed out into the city.

As we must in every city, we headed to the Plaza de Armas for a look around.  Part of the courtyard faces the Palacio de Gobierno which is home to Peruīs president.  We were lucky to have strolled in when they do the daily changing of the guard at noon.  It was quite cool to see and the entire perimeter of the palace is surrounded by armed police officers so you canīt get too close.  After our obligatory tour of the cathedral, we headed to the Monasterio de San Francisco that is famous for its catacombs which houses some 70,000 skeletons.  Along with a library that was amazingly stunning and shelves books from the 13th century though they are deteriorating as they donīt have the funding to preserve them.  Pictures were not allowed on this tour though we got some postcards for reminders. 

We stayed in the trendy, coastal area of Miraflores.  The second night we were there we noticed a large abundance of armed police officers on every street corner.  Wondering if this was normal we found out the next morning that APEC (Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation) was in town and therefore beefed up security.  Known for excellent seafood, we headed down to the beachfront to a "nice" restaurant and had a very mediocre meal while watching an excellent sunset.  The end of our Peruvian adventure.
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