Saturday May 11, 20013
Sadly, I had to change hotels in the middle of this one pre-trip day in Lima and so was kind of limited to local sightseeing and a walkabout before the transfer arrived at 12:30. I set off to walk the neighbourhood down to the see the ocean - a 30 minute stroll. Observing the chaos at each busy intersection, I noted that the drivers did pretty well without traffic lights. If you look at the photo you will see no stop signs or traffic lights! These were busy streets! The method seemed to be for cars to nose into the intersection and if oncoming traffic didn't stop to make way the horn was used to signal a request for the other direction to have a go. It seemed that everyone was well trained as cars wove their way through intersections. A lot more difficult for pedestrians though - as there were no signals or ways to get the cars to stop long enough in one direction for a person to actually get across the street. I just watched for locals crossing and sidled up. It seemed a little like a game of frogger.
Lima and Miraflores is perched on the side of a mountain. The views down to the beaches and coastal highway were breathtaking.
The group at our first meal, which was called lunch but was actually larger than most dinners I would eat when out on the town in Toronto. Manuel ordered several dishes for us all to share. The feast was set out on the table and we sample of each dish. It was delicious! Also, the price was right and with drinks each of us paid equivalent of about $20.00 -- Sol/51.90 Peru uses the Neuvo Sol which is worth 2.6 CAD. I was told the price of this restaurant was very good by Lima standards and it was no dive - quite the opposite, it was fine dining with nice table linens and expertly plated dishes.
The specialty drink in Peru is the Pisco Sour. I will need to buy a bottle of pisco liquor to bring home for my Peruvian night party (in the planning!) PIsco liquor is made from distilled fermented grape juice (wine?). The cocktail is mixed with sugar syrup, lemon juice and egg white along with the liquor and is really delicious!! The first pisco sour was included in the meal.
I can't name everything I ate, but it was sort of Chinese food like - stir fried veg and meat and rice, but it definitely had its own set of flavours setting it apart from what we would be served as Chinese food here.
After the huge lunch and 2 pisco sours, we walked down the the lakefront park. Rory wanted to do some hang gliding and had seen a cliff-side location for this earlier, but the wind was not right so she was not able to go. Hopeful that today might be a better day for that we all joined her on her quest.
I left the group and Rory by the field where the wanna be air-borne set were patiently waiting for a shift in the winds and set off down the pathway to get to the waters edge. I needed some stones from the Pacific Ocean to add to my pebble collection.
On the way I saw the most curious drone vehicle flying above the buildings. I am not sure what it's purpose was, maybe traffic reports?? Anyway, it hovered and zipped back and forth a bit and then made a beeline for some distant point and I lost track of it.