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Lima, Peru

sunny 90 °F

February 8, 2009, Lima, Peru. Lima is a huge and fascinating city. The city center is modern and building architecture is very European in design. Unfortunately, much poverty exists resulting in a shanty town appearance in much of the countryside. We were also warned to be careful here, as thieves and pickpockets abound. Stories are told of having cameras and jewelry ripped from people, or taken at knive-point. Eight of us from the ship contracted a local van operator to take us for the day to the places we wanted to go. So, in a van that could hold up to 10 people, we first went to see Inca ruins, where we spent the morning. I took lots of pictures, words can't really describe what we saw, other than building remains of a lost civilization. A shanty-town is built on a hill next to the ruins. They think there are more ruins to be excavated under that town. They stopped any more building there and are pondering what to do at this point. We then went to a restaurant in a suburb of Lima, along the coast. The food was great. I had a shrimp and scallops dish and Letty a shrimp dish, both prepared Peruvian style; Letty's with vegetables and sauces, and mine with rice, sauces, and some unknown ingredients. After lunch we went to an Incan Market, an arts and crafts emporium. Then we went into the center of Lima, where we walked around. Most places were closed to tourists as the day was Sunday. All in all, it was a good day, we saw and learned much, but unlike Chile, Letty and I haven't any strong desire to ever return here. So, we returned to the ship to sail to our next port in Costa Rica. Len

Posted by Len Reeser 09:33 Archived in Peru Tagged family_travel

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Hi Len and Letty,

We have been enjoying your blog and are anxiously awaiting the opportunity to meet and greet you at the pier in LA !!!

Joe and Nancy (Realent)

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