Today I visited the Centro Historico de Lima again, visiting a couple plazas and a new museum of the food of Peru. A nice short little trip as a homework break J
First we went to Plaza San Martin where there is a statue of San Martin (one of the libertadores) on his horse, but the statue I really wanted to see is below, a woman. She has a llama on her head. So the story goes, when they sent the instructions to Spain for the statue they wrote “llama” which also means flame; they wanted a tongue of fire on her head. Instead, someone assumed Peru-llama the animal, and thus, she has a llama on her head.
Saw some awesome architecture along the way…
Then we went to Plaza 2 de Mayo which I wanted to see because it is surrounded by all blue buildings in a gorgeous blue. I went through in a taxi the other day and decided I needed to go back. We were definitely out of normal tourist range there though.
After that we went to Casa de la Gastronomia (literally House of Gastronomy). It’s a smallish museum that just opened in March. Entrance was free, which was a nice surprise. It was neat and worth a look, especially now that we’ve been here awhile and recognize what we’ve eaten (and what we do and don’t like).