Lima, the gourmet capital of South America, and it never rains!

Lima, the gourmet capital of South America, and it never rains!

div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-8AbB477twc8/UYiVPNHABI/AAAAAAAAOCM/zUcTw58Ex2A/s1600/mosaic14cc81b1ba164fcf0a49a6f8ab10cd0e024c0b4c.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" height="640" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-8AbB477twc8/UYiVPNHABI/AAAAAAAAOCM/zUcTw58Ex2A/s640/mosaic14cc81b1ba164fcf0a49a6f8ab10cd0e024c0b4c.jpg" width="640" //a/divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"br //divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"When we arrived in lima the sky was grey and the air humid. I asked the taxi driver if it was going to rain and he told me that it never rains in Lima. "Never?" I asked again, "Never!" he replied. Wondering if my Spanish was failing me, over the next two days I kept asking everyone I met the same question: at the hotel, the tour guide, the friends we meet for dinner... /divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"br //divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"Apparently it doesn't rain in Lima, but its position and proximity to the Ocean means that the air is always humid, and in fact the trees were green, while hibiscus and other tropical looking flower bushes appeared in full bloom./divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"br //divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"br //divtable align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"tbodytrtd style="text-align: center;"a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-EmFE3-wrBg4/UYiVQoLasvI/AAAAAAAAOCc/fxjRyrsC0r8/s1600/mosaic995393d3d1ac9c7853d294e791b08516b9b03b50.jpg" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"img border="0" height="640" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-EmFE3-wrBg4/UYiVQoLasvI/AAAAAAAAOCc/fxjRyrsC0r8/s640/mosaic995393d3d1ac9c7853d294e791b08516b9b03b50.jpg" width="640" //a/td/trtrtd class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"divspan style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"The historic city centre is quite grand and with a mix of styles, also due to various reconstructions after earthquakes (the Cathedral - top left, being the best example, with the original Colonial facade and then two neoclassic bell towers on the sides. /span/divdivbr //div/td/tr/tbody/tablebr /div style="text-align: center;"span style="color: #444444;"br //span/divdiv style="text-align: center;"span style="color: #666666; font-family: inherit;"I was also impressed with t/spanspan style="background-color: #f7f7f7; color: #666666; font-family: inherit; line-height: 24px;"he Archbishop’s Palace in the Plaza Mayor (bottom right in the photo collage above), /spanspan style="background-color: #f7f7f7; color: #666666; font-family: inherit; line-height: 24px;"designed by the Polish Peruvian architect Ricardo de Jaxa Malachowski. This and other stone and marble building have incredible wooden balconies attached, quite a contrast. But the best surprise in the square is the fountain. We took a tour of the central city with a guide and she told us that on July 28 (Peru Independence Day) instead of water the fountain has a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pisco"Pisco/a! No rain and Pisco from fountains? /span/divbr /div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"span style="color: #444444; font-family: inherit;"br //span/divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"br //divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-UNRRLteRQtM/UYiVNSxGKI/AAAAAAAAOC0/aLE-73zBxdE/s1600/IMG5426.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" height="640" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-UNRRLteRQtM/UYiVNSxGKI/AAAAAAAAOC0/aLE-73zBxdE/s640/IMG5426.JPG" width="480" //a/divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"br //divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"br //divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"We were not allowed to take photos of this, but the most intriguing site we visited in the city centre was a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MonasteryofSanFrancisco,Lima"St Francis Monastery and the Catacombs./a The catacombs are full of bones and skulls, quite a sight! /divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"br //divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"The centre was great to visit, but to stay we choose Miraflores, a district that used to be the sea resort of Lima, and it is now one of its suburbs. Safe and residential, Miraflores has parks and beaches that on the weekends are full of surfers and paragliders. Some of the small houses are really cute, although it is quite a sight seeing all the security fences around them./divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"br //divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"br //divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-eMnMwWRFaiQ/UYiV9-1KLvI/AAAAAAAAOCk/AhQrWNyRVPA/s1600/IMG5397.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" height="640" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-eMnMwWRFaiQ/UYiV9-1KLvI/AAAAAAAAOCk/AhQrWNyRVPA/s640/IMG5397.JPG" width="480" //a/divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"br //divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"Our hotel was the a href="http://www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/peru/hilton-lima-miraflores-LIMMFHH/index.html"Hilton/a, brand new and a real treat, never mind that the sky was mostly grey and hazy, we enjoyed the infinity pool on the 11th floor, and all the little sweet treats that were in our room and in the executive lounge. /divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"br //divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ObcnVg2OcE/UYiVOTODzWI/AAAAAAAAOB8/DwQLW43CKI4/s1600/mosaic07550bcb7e69b8e97305d9095eef3844d5ce7fd3.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ObcnVg2OcE/UYiVOTODzWI/AAAAAAAAOB8/DwQLW43CKI4/s1600/mosaic07550bcb7e69b8e97305d9095eef3844d5ce7fd3.jpg" //a/divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-KbjUk7zv6g/UYiVPMHYUVI/AAAAAAAAOCE/QVUQ7V6OMjU/s1600/mosaic3e6299c874970bda55c075b441821aa890a88e25.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" height="640" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-KbjUk7zv6g/UYiVPMHYUVI/AAAAAAAAOCE/QVUQ7V6OMjU/s640/mosaic3e6299c874970bda55c075b441821aa890a88e25.jpg" width="640" //a/divbr /And talking about treats: I have to tell you that Peru surprised me with its cuisine. I was told that it was good, but it even exceeded my expectations: definitely the best of all the countries I have visited in South America. We ate well in Cusco, and we ate well in Lima. Our friends took us to La Bonbonniere, one of the many cafe/restaurants that are based in a href="http://www.tripadvisor.com/AttractionReview-g294316-d596436-Reviews-ShoppingCenterLarcomarCentroComercialLarcomar-LimaLimaRegion.html"Larcomar/a, Miraflores' fancy terraced shopping centre with great ocean views. It was too dark to take photos of the food, but I had to include the a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PiscoSour"Pisco Sour/a photo, the obligatory drink if you visit Peru.br /br /br /div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-YGVmmJx34e8/UYiVPIjTKUI/AAAAAAAAOCI/NXZ4CarQwNs/s1600/mosaic60bc6ef07513a90f670f4817b9b7c61f2d9fc03a.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" height="640" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-YGVmmJx34e8/UYiVPIjTKUI/AAAAAAAAOCI/NXZ4CarQwNs/s640/mosaic60bc6ef07513a90f670f4817b9b7c61f2d9fc03a.jpg" width="640" //a/divbr /Anyway, we liked La Bonbonniere so much that Arantxa and I went back the day after (we really wanted to see what it looked like in daylight, especially the decor and sea view), but not for a Pisco this time: for a Peruvian hot chocolate. Smooth and aromatized with vanilla, cinnamon and cloves, hot chocolate is definitely another "must try" in Peru :-). I am sure that I will try a few more Peruvian recipes in the next few months!br /div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"br //divbr /div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-5uEH6hjCf8I/UYiV-5vy3mI/AAAAAAAAOCs/pPJBrPTXAUk/s1600/IMG5399.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" height="640" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-5uEH6hjCf8I/UYiV-5vy3mI/AAAAAAAAOCs/pPJBrPTXAUk/s640/IMG_5399.JPG" width="480" //a/divbr /div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="background-color: white; color: #444444; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 18px; line-height: 18px;"span lang="EN-US"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: xx-small;"Photos by Alessandra Zecchini /span/span/span/spanspan class="Apple-style-span" style="background-color: white; color: #666666; font-family: 'Josefin Sans'; font-size: 18px; line-height: 18px;"span lang="EN-US"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: xx-small;"© /span/span/span/span/divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"br //divbr /div class="blogger-post-footer"

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