Monday, August 8, 2011

The Long Way Home - Final South America Photos

Idiot that I am, instead of taking a one-way flight home from Rio de Janeiro, I opted to "save money" and take return flights back to 1. Buenos Aires and 2. Lima. Here's a quick look at my last time in each city.

I got back into Buenos Aires late, so the next morning before I flew to Lima, I quickly went to Recoleta Cemetery, final resting place of Evita among others.

If it weren't for the crowds, Evita's grave would have been nearly impossible to find in such an enormous cemetery.

Next stop = Santiago de Chile (again!). Just passing through this time...

Finally, back in Lima, I went to see the historic center, Plaza de Armas.

It was a school day, and multiple field trips were occurring in the plaza (like this one to La Catedral).

I believe this was the bishop's palace, adjacent to La Catedral

One side of the plaza was almost entirely yellow and... oh look a horse!

La Catedral, Plaza de Armas

Jiron de la Union is a pedestrian street that links Plaza de Armas and Plaza San Martin. It's a nice walk.

Inside La Merced, a major church along Jiron de la Union

Gran Hotel Bolivar, allegedly the birthplace of the Pisco sour.

Plaza San Martin

My lunch at the Hotel Bolivar, including a pint-sized sample of their famous drink (very strong and acidic).

Final tourist attraction before going back to the Miraflores district = the Monastery of San Francisco.

For some very odd reason, this group of students on a field trip decided to surround the gringo. Very amusing.

The monastery is famous for its catacombs, which are highly recommended (note = photos aren't allowed, but if you linger at the rear end of the tour group line..........)

The highlight of the catacombs was this display of bones... very macabre. I wasn't the only tourist breaking the photo prohibition at the sight of this.

This man is guilty of surreptitious photography in 49 countries...

A sneak peek into La Catedral (which cost money that I didn't want to spend; this was taken just beside the ticket counter)

Back in Miraflores, just in time for sunset.

Miraflores is known for funky art installations by the water.

"Love Statue" and some, uh, lovers...


Last meal in South America = pizza! But not just any pizza = this is Glorietta's signature eponymous pizza, which features ham, bacon, and white asparagus. Outstanding.

Glorietta was on "Pizza Street," a hot spot of local restaurants and nightlife... and of course, pizza.

Thanks for looking at my photos... not sure where my next trip will be, but hopefully it won't be as crazy as this "vacation." Lesson learned!

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