Everyone dies. Not everyone truly lives. -William Wallace "Braveheart"

Thursday, April 7, 2011


One of my favorite cities in Peru is Barranco.  To me, Barranco has more historical flavor than the more popular neighboring district of Miraflores.  If you ask the locals they will tell you to go to Lacomar in Miraflores to shop.  Lacomar is an impressive outdoor shopping center in the heart of Miraflores, but it is decidedly American in feel, hence the reason the local Peruvians love it, because they see Peruvian all the time.  To them Peruvian is the everyday...they can't understand why you are so excited to go to the hole-in-the-wall across the street that they have been going to for years versus going to a shiny new megamall in the heart of a big city.  The architecture in Barranco is spectacular, very Spanish.  Local artisans line the stone walkway that meanders down toward the shore below peddling handmade jewelry and other crafts.  Local musicians serenade you by a beautiful park filled with beautiful fountains and statues.
Alejandro's parents actually got married in Barranco at this church and Alejandro went to seminary school a few buildings from that.

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