Good Friday, April 6, 2012
06.04.2012 - 06.04.2012
Ric and I made an early start to walk from Hotel Antigua to the Larco Mar shopping complex, at the south end of the Miraflores coastline, built down the side of the cliff across from the Marriott Hotel. It is definitely an upscale, rather North American development, but not much is open early on this Good Friday, so we continue to walk south along the coastline to the Barranco district. Formerly a holiday resort area for the wealthy in Lima, the area is now one of the centers of nightlife with numerous clubs and restaurants.
In the middle of Barranco is the Iglesia de la Ermita, a church built to commemorate the rescue of fog-bound fishermen guided to safety by a luminous cross they saw on the site. The church was abandoned after extensive earthquake damage in 1940, and a large new cathedral was built nearby to replace it.
There was a light rail system in Barranco many years ago, but today the remaining rail cars provide rides for tourists or have been converted to restaurants or galleries. We admired the grand old architecture still evident in many of the buildings in the central area, near the Spanish Embassy, and took a break looking out to the sea from one of the many viewpoints on the coast.
When we arrived back at Larco Mar we found many shops now open for business, but most seemed to carry things we might find in any high quality mall, and at much higher prices than the Peruvian marketplace, so we settled instead for ice cream cones and a panoramic view of the surfers riding the waves off Miraflores' beaches.
Back again to Hotel Antigua to find Chris and Nat, Clare and Charlotte getting their things ready to head for Lima Airport late this afternoon, so we carried on to the Kennedy/Central Park area for lunch at a pleasant little restaurant off the main street. I have grown fond of their tri-colour sandwich while Ric favours the chicken sandwich with fries - creatures of habit for sure. Then back to the market shops for some more browsing(some are actually closed today) before heading back to the hotel for farewells to Chris and Nat, Clare and Charlotte as they catch a taxi to the airport for their evening flights back to the UK.