Lima, Peru – second part of my travel

One week since I got back from Lima and I still have plenty to write. But I have been lazy lately. No excuses accepted! When you know you have something to do, it’s always good to start once what you have to do. Time passing is not a solution for sure. You should scold me, but I know that some of you can’t wait for those lovely photos. Photos which indirectly carry you away in those places where you have never been, places of which you have always dreamt or maybe they are already checked on your travel notebook. Unlike some other people who travel a lot, I’ve traveled only a bit but I know that bit of traveling belongs to me. For a lifetime! It’s mine because imaginary I have left my footsteps there and I have also taken a piece of that place with me. And I do hope that I am showing it to you as best as I can via photos and writing. And I do plan to travel even more. Because this is something which I feel it makes me richer and better in so many ways. So no more beating about the bush and I will continue this blog post with the rest of the photos from Lima. We had three full days in Lima and on the second one, we decided to visit Museo Nacional de Arqueologia, Antropologia e Historia del Peru (National Museum of Archeology, Anthropology and History of Peru). Between you and me, after some time in a museum, I get bored but this one totally captivated my attention. I have not taken photos of everything because in some rooms photos are not allowed or photos with flash are not allowed and rooms are too dark, but I hope that what I have may raise your interest.

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The interior yard of the museum with flowers

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Gold tweezers

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Important to know about the Paracas culture is that they lived in Ica Region of Peru and had plenty of knowledge about irrigation and water management as well as textile arts. I regret not taking more photos of the rooms or objects where I could but if you feel you want to know more, here is a link of the museum where you can find pictures of the museums’s heritage: http://sistemas2.cultura.gob.pe/pyBienes/index.jsp?txtdenominacion=&selectmuseo=22&selectcategoria=&btnBuscar=ok.

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“This is not your country/Because you know its boundaries/Nor because of the common language/Nor because you know the names of the dead/This is your country/Because if you had to do it/You would choose it again/To build your dreams here.” – a poem by Marco Martos

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Battle field

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Como en las telenovelas (as in telenovelas)

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After the visit at the museum, we strolled a bit close to city centre called Plaza de Armas. But we had to leave the place quickly as a concert was taking place and they closed the area.

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Another important highlight of Lima is Huaca Pucllana ruins. When in Lima, go visit them. They are an important part of Lima culture and heritage. So what’s the story of this Huaca Pucllana ? Shortly, these ruins are located in Miraflores, a district in central Lima. For your information, Miraflores is the district to stay for your safety and your fun activities. You can also walk in the evening, there are lots of people on the street. Yes, Lima is lovely, but not all districts are safe and surely you don’t wanna risk your safety or belongings. Coming back to the ruins, Huaca Pucllana ruins look like a pyramid and it’s a sacred place. It seems it served for religious ceremonies and as an administrative centre. Sacrifices were made in extreme conditions such as floods or earthquakes and young women were sacrificed with their approval. A pre-Inca civilization lived here. Huaca Pucllana ruins started to be protected around the 1980’s. Because the ruins were not protected until really late, a brick factory used bricks from the ruins as raw material to produce modern ones.

Our guide in English

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What really holds the bricks together is a combination of clay, straw and shredded shells helped by the fact that rain is in a small percentage per year.

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Moving further and bringing you the best pictures, this is one of the best cakes ever eaten if not the best. When I think of it, it makes my mouth water. Name of it: Cinco leches al estilo de Sandra (5 types of milk in Sandra’s style). If only I could order it in Europe!

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Right after this delicious cake, I took this picture. I loved the tree, the hedge with the pink flowers and the house behind me.

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Another tree in Lima’s style

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And right after a short walk, we headed for some Inca markets. Colour, diversity and always something to buy! If you let me alone in such a market, I promise I’ll sleep there and in the morning you’ll find me still there hahaha! I liked a lot all of their clothing and souvenirs. But pay attention to alpaca sweaters and baby alpaca sweaters! Because not all of them are pure alpaca. But that’s another story I promise to mention in the next post. DSC_0418.JPG

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So, what would you choose from here?

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That was pretty much all about Lima! The most important I could take of it. Of course, three days were not sufficient, but it was the best vacation for me until now. But wait, there’s more!! No, no, writing is not finished here. Until next post, warm hugs, a great week and anytime you have the chance, travel as often as you can! Life is adventure!

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From Riegersburg Castle with love

I have to admit: I love castles. A lot, actually. 🙂 As a child, I was dreaming of myself as a princess and read happily fairy tales with princesses and castles. Oh and I watched Fantaghiro, my favourite childhood movie. But coming back to our times, castles tell more than you actually see when you visit them. It feels strange and magical at the same time because somehow you feel you go back in time. Going back in time has been one of my dreams, but unfortunately the inventor of a time machine hasn’t been born yet. Luckily, we can work out our brains through imagination and touchable proofs.

Riegersburg Castle, a medieval one of a kind construction, lies upon a dormant vulcano in the south of Styria and looks majestically upon its valleys, forests and vineyards. The 850-year old castle delights the visitor’s eye and promises a relaxing state of mind due to its green surroundings and beautiful landscapes.

And while I went higher and higher on the path to Riegersburg, up until 450 m, I had the chance to feast my eyes with the greeness of the views.DSC_0319

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Together,under the tree, life seems carefree!DSC_0373

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Getting closer to Riegersburg, at a certain point, I could admire the vineyards on both sides of the road.DSC_0426

Curious and excited, I made my way to the castle.

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With its turbulent past, the castle invites you into the medieval atmosphere. There are two exhibitions which can be visited: The Witch Museum and Tale of Riegersburg-Legendary Women. A quite interesting insight into the beliefs and convictions of those times! And when I think that many met their fate here…cold chills on my skin!!DSC_0535

He asked me to take a photo together. 😀 Under no circumstances could I refuse him!

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For a minute or two, I was in the shoes of a shooter. Not any kind of shooter!

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And also tried a helmet. Quite heavy and no sight at all!DSC_0517

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Have a go? I would strongly recommend you a visit. Castles in Austria are a MUST!

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