Day 11–Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011–Lima, Peru

     We were up early this morning for breakfast because we had to meet in the Crow’s Nest by 8:30 for our first tour with Vacation Vignettes.  This was a gift from Mike at Online Vacations.  It was a great city tour of colonial and modern Lima.  We saw the Main Square, the Government Palace, The Cathedral and the City Hall.  We walked through the San Francisco Convent and the Casa Aliaga.

IMG_0975 IMG_0981 IMG_0995  IMG_1018IMG_1028  IMG_1031 IMG_1006 Check out the parquet floors in Casa Aliaga, America’s best preserved colonial mansion, occupied by the same family since 1535.

     We had lunch at Huaca Pucillana restaurant, located within the compound of a 1,500 year old adobe pyramid built by the original inhabitants of Lima.  I had a Pisco Sour and Ray had white wine.  We had Causa, Grilled Trout and Suspiro de Limena.

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I was proud of myself, I tasted everything.  I didn’t care for the trout, but Ray thought it was okay.  The desert was caramel and very sweet.  The Pisco Sour was very strong.  We enjoyed the Causa, a dish made with yellow mashed potatoes seasoned with chili and stuffed with shrimp, tomato & avocado.

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We rode back to the ship along the new road by the water.  We decided to do wash this afternoon.  It is $2 a wash, but the machines are small.  The dryer is free.  The ship supplies soap.  We had a quick wonderful dinner of Salisbury steak because we wanted to get out in time for the one showing only of the Peruvian Folkloric Show at 7 PM.  As always, it was a wonderful show. 

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     The movie tonight was a repeat of Social Network, so we watched TV in the room and caught up on a few things.

IMG_1108  Sweet dreams.

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