After a pretty restful night, Mike and I headed out to explore. We walked and walked, of course. The main street of Calle Larco in Miraflores, our neighborhood, was in the process of total renovation so it was difficult walking. We finally made it to the waterfront on the Pacific Ocean after passing tons of modern stores and many casinos. This area could be anywhere in the modern world. What was surprising to us was how much colder it was in Lima, further south and at sea level on the ocean, than Quito, Ecuador at 9,000' elevation. I was thrilled to have my alpaca sweater! This is their spring and the weather is very chilly and overcast all the time.
What a beautiful building! Turns out it's a historical old home that was once part of the cathedral across the street. She met us with 3 of her staff who had worked on our personal trip. Well, we couldn't have been more impressed! We will be leaving on this trip to go south of Lima the day after returning from our Machu Picchu week trip. So stay tuned for the reports on that adventure!
A goal of mine that day was to take a taxi and make our way into Old town, which is quite a ways from Miraflores, to go to the "eye glasses" area. There is a 5 block area that is totally designated to nothing but optical shops. They even have hawkers out on the streets to try and get you to come into their shop! Amazing scene!
We had made arrangements to take the city bus tour so we had to be up early on Wednesday. We took longer getting ourselves together so we ended up taking a cab instead of walking. A VERY good thing as we had no idea that we had to go underground to buy our tickets. Yup! Underground! Turns out that where we thought there was supposed to be shopping was actually UNDER the plaza park on the waterfront. Since it had been so overcast and we couldn't see anything, we never walked to the edge.
On our way to Old Town, we passed an Inka ruin right in town and lots of other beautiful sights.
So our journey continues in South America and we feel extremely happy to be seeing such wondrous places!