|Cathedral of Lima|
|Plaza de Armas of Lima|
|Senora Ingrid, at the Museum in Lima|
Ingrid works in a little village south of Lima. She took a bus to meet up with me Lima where we stayed at 'the Friend's House', The House is a hostel where several of Ingrid's Peace Corps buds turn up and I got to meet several of them.
The day I arrived, we toured Lima, starting with the Museo Nacional de Arqueología Antropología e Historia del Perú - quite the mouthful.
We enjoyed playing dress up for a bit with Inca shawls and pottery. I think the things may have been meant for kids, but we're just bigger kids.
|The museum has an inner garden area that I eagerly birded, finding Vermillion Flycatchers |
and a new species that reminded me of White-winged Doves
|There were many spooky looking skulls that had me thinking of ancient alien theories|
|I was quite taken by this ancient pottery owl that so|
closely resembles the Wise Potato-chip Owl
|This glass bottomed hall seemed to scare off some |
museum guests who hesitated to cross it
|Facinating Incan tapestry that looked almost 3-D in construction|
|Ingrid following behind yet-another group of Lima |
school children exploring the museum.
You can make out the little door to the left of the carport doorway. Beyond the big gateway is a small Lima street, which for its small size is absolutely bustling with cars, cabs and citizenry. Still, as busy as the street was, the room was nice and quiet.
Later that day, we ventured back out, and took a cab to downtown Lima. There we did a little sight seeing, and had a nice, fairly tame dinner at a local restaurant. Later Ingrid directed us to a ruins, via a wild bus ride and a short walk. The ruins are in the middle of Lima and in the photo below the ruins look more like a Lego castle than genuine ancient ruins.
The cool thing about the ruins is that they are in the middle of the city, and just across from the ruins, affording a great view is a restaurant. Ingrid and I had dessert at the v. swanky restaurant.
|View of the ruins from inside of the restaurant.|
If you are interested, Ingrid had a lovely chocolate pastry with exotic nuts and loads of syrup.
I had a mix of ancient grains (quinoa and the like) with a big scoop of lemon flavored ice cream and flowers for toppings. Yummy.
Tonight is the last night in Lima for now. Tomorrow we head off to the desert town of Nazca.