September 6, 2011

Historic Lima

Lima is the capital of Peru in many ways:  politically, financially, culturally.  Named “City of the Kings” by its founder, the Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro, the city is teaming with history from the colonial, republican and modern periods.

During our visit we explored the main Cathedral on the Plaza de Armas, a treasure trove of religious art and symbolism.  We witnessed the noon-time changing of the guard at the Presidential Palace.  We snapped photos at the fountain in the center of the plaza.  And we concluded our tour with a walk to China town and a meal of chaufa (fried rice) and other specialties at one of many popular chifas (Chinese restaurants).

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