2019-05-19 Ife Boutique Hotel, Lima, Peru

This morning once again Jesus collects us from our hotel and he takes us into the centre of the city passing Lima’s famous football stadium
We pass the elegant building housing the Museum of Art
While arriving in the city centre to park the car we see a regional band preparing for a procession and local women arriving in traditional Peruvian dresses
A large crowd of people are already assembled in the main town square
The band begins the procession
Many of the locals today were also dressed in traditional Peruvian clothing
The rest of our Peruvian family meet us at the main city square
The procession continues through the crowds lining the streets by the Cathedral
There was plenty of music and dancing in the street
It is wonderful to catch up with Gladys once again
Gladys and her two grandsons, Johan and Andy
Mohan with us in front of the main city square fountain
The Cathedral with it’s twin towers dominates the Plaza mayor
Crowds gather for the changing of the guard, in the background is the Lima Municipalidad (Town Hall)
Wonderful Peruvian colours
We leave the main square and head towards the old railway station
The old railway station has now been transformed into a library
The ceiling in the old railway station still looks amazing
There are very few trains passing at this time however as we arrived one of the oldest trains passed through the station
By the station there was a long wall of local art murals
The boys!!
The striking facade of San Francisco which comprises of a church, a convent, chapels and catacombs
Two traditional dressed ladies with one of the highest points of Lima in the background
Many Spanish style overhead wooden balconies can be found in Lima
Live performances of musicians and singers can be seen in the Amphitheater in Parque de la Exposicion, home to free cultural events
Icecream vendors are popular during the warmer weather
We head back towards the main square to collect the car
We pass the statue of General Jose de San Martin in the centre of Plaza San Martin
After leaving the city square we drive to a popular seafood restaurant where the family had booked a Sunday lunch for us all
The first dish we ordered was three different types of the popular Peruvian fish dish called Ceviche …. all were absolutely delicious
Scallops baked in their shell came next
The seafood with rice was absolutely delicious
Lastly we enjoyed some deep fried seafood
After lunch we visited the busy area where our daughter in law grew up
There we met some of the very friendly locals
It was wonderful meeting some of our extended family
We spent the afternoon enjoying the local area
Dancing in the park was very popular
The train was fabulous for the the families with young children
Campo de Marte is one of Lima’s biggest parks, a green area for the district of Jesus Maria and whole Lima. The large monument in the park commemorates the war between Peru and Ecuador
In the evening we have dinner at Villa Chicken which apparently has the best roasted chicken in Lima
We enjoy a wonderful family dinner on our last night in Lima
There was no doubt that this was the tastiest and best roasted chicken we had tried!!
Some delightful fresh salads were ordered to accompany the delicious chicken
Three lovely sisters enjoying their Pisco Sours
For dessert we try some Peruvian doughnuts with icecream
Happy Birthday!!!!
There was also some birthday cake to try too!!

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