Lima 2

Lima was a bit of a shock. By way of example, I bought my replacement cameras (Canon G15 and Sony Cybershot) because a replacement for my Lumix couldn’t be found in Quito and I thought, well heck, no way am I going to get one in Peru or Bolivia, better buy these while the going’s good. What a gringo idiot assumption.

I’m walking around Lima and it’s like, huh. All kinds of stuff. As it turns out Lima is an ultra-sophisticated 8.5M strong powerhouse. When I drag myself out of sick bed I first walk down to the waterfront in Miraflores, the ‘safe’ district. It looks like this. Not at all representative of Lima, but we’ll get to that.

Below here is a shopping center with all the US brands well represented and it’s full of rich Peruvians, who as we know are pretty darn small – generally about the size of Bruce Springsteen or a little taller. But as good looking as all the Latins have been. And rediculously well groomed and dressed.

Looking along the beach from here is lovely. Looking north

Looking south

While we’re looking at modern stuff here’s a big Scotiabank. As it happens, Scotiabank seems to own Peru. And Ecuador, and some of Colombia. The presence here is incredible. And it’s not like there are other Canadians, or even US’ers for that matter, there aren’t, just a billion Scotiabanks

Guessing that some riders aren’t interested in big banks, here’s the head of Government, where the President resides. The Guards of Honor here aren’t like at Buckingham Palace where you can do or saying anything to them and they remain expressionless. I made kindof a dumb face at this guy and he gave me a glance that said ‘if I meet you again I’m going to kill you and everyone in your cellphone’

The building on the right, below, is the cathedral, and it’s very special

Inside there’s a hall dedicated to Francisco Pizarro, Spanish conquistidor, who founded Lima in 1535. The remains of his body are here and they did a full autopsy on it. No flash cameras were allowed but there are displays of his various body parts and call-outs and discussion points. Of everything, tip-to-toe. My best shot, a skeletal overview. I think we need to do one of these of Trudeau, we could all have a good laugh

The construction is wood. Apologies for the shot. Built in 1604.


The woodwork is astounding

Even the pews

Along each side there are about 10 alcoves each, with a different theme of alter in each, guessing ignorantly as to what they are

And underneath the floor the cardinals are buried in a cool vault. You can hear them scratching at the stone.

And a box of heads of other people

Outside, next door to the Basilica is another example of the characteristic woodwork. I’m guessing the weather is kind. They’re balconies.

They’re everywhere

More commonly they’re less elaborate and look like this

Here’s a modern interpretation, with traditionals behind and opposite

Some very strange ones

I ran around looking at balconies for an afternoon. But here’s a construction that stuck in my mind

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