The wifi has been a bit of a problem this trip but not so much that I am worried. I have more time to do absolutely nothing. The week days at the beach are perfect it really is a case of get up have breakfast (use the wifi) go to the beach and then sleep. I must admit the tan is coming along just nicely!.
Yesterday we ventured to Lurin market about 15 minutes drive away just for a look, we certainly didn’t buy anything useful but the photos are good.
The end of the day is surfing time for the King of Peru apparently it is his office.
Peppers in the market
Everything is colourfully packaged you want to buy it even if you don’t need it
Bags of Rice
Shopping Bags hanging
The flowers are always wonderful
The King of Peru off to his office (he is the one in front)
The light just before sunset
And sunset the last shot of the sun before it vanished
It is not often that I manage to take a decent photo so yesterday as the King of Peru and I sat on the balcony looking at a spectacular sunset I decided to dust off the Nikon. I haven’t used the camera in a very long time so I was more than a little surprised when I managed to produce this little number. Thank you Nikon
Finally I am in Lima and it is wonderful (despite the usual wifi problems) and I will be sharing all of my adventures with you. Every year we have a bellini for breakfast which we drink on the balcony whilst looking at the ocean (blessed)
It is grey outside today so I thought I would share a little sunshine and ocean with everyone. I always say I won’t countdown the days until Lima every year but once I get to mid November I just can’t help myself. (it is 43 days to go) It isn’t wishing my life away it is just pure excitement to see family, walk on the sand, enjoy the sun and enjoy a Bellini to two!
This view always brings tears to my eyes (happy not sad) on the first morning and it is usually accompanied by a breakfast Mimosa or a Bellini.
After all of the usual countdowns that I put myself through every year I am finally enjoying the annual trip to Peru. I arrived a week ago and it is already a wonderful adventure.
I was lucky enough to fly with my favourite airline KLM and in business (the perks of flying between xmas and new year when its empty!!) so it was champagne all of the way. As always the crew were fantastic and I certainly cannot complain about the food it was yummy.
A small view of the day champagne and my travelling companions, Isabel Marant and Victoria Beckham!
My first day in Lima was New Years Eve which meant a long weekend in the city, everybody heads to the beach for new year here so we DONT
Our first meal out is usually at La Tiendecita Blanca a Swiss restaurant in Miraflores, its always been one of my favourites as I know I am safe in their hands! They also make the best Lomo Saltado which I love!!
The Whistles tee says it all Tres Bon a Cuba Libre and a Pisco Sour before the food.
Being in the city has meant a lot of walks around the coast line of Miraflores and Barranco it is so beautiful looking at ocean in the sunshine, the distance flies by. On Sunday we found ourselves in Barranco a very bohemian neighbourhood. Hotel B is our favourite place for cocktails as you can see below.
Hotel B: the King Of Peru enjoying a Negroni
A beautiful sunset on the walk home
On Monday we headed out to our piece of heaven at the beach and boy was it worth the wait. Just smelling the ocean is enough to bring tears to my eyes, and the flowers on the balcony are so pretty too.
I will keep you all up to date with our beach life!!
One of the areas I love most in Lima is Barranco, it has a real bohemian vibe. I haven’t spent much time there yet on this trip but the King of Peru often cycles there very early in the morning and stops for a coffee. I have included some photos from his travels!
Today was a total beach day, it was gorgeous just chilling by the ocean. It was very hot so I had to venture into the waves a few times to keep cool and a very cold cusquena also helped!!
This morning we went to the local market for breakfast and I had a melon juice that tasted like heaven, it was amazing. If I could have one of those every day I would be very happy but they just dont taste the same at home!!
Finally today I wore my beautiful blue skirt it is by Charo Ruiz a designer based in Ibiza but it is stocked by Beachcafe I have been waiting for my legs to look tanned before I wore it, I didn’t want to waste it.
Barranco life on a bike
Coffee stop at Bisetti
My melon juice or should I call it nectar
Me in my beautiful blue skirt
The beach is waiting for me
Minestrone soup for lunch and oops another Cusquena
The King of Peru has a new toy and I love the colour!!
Yesterday was quite a monumental day for me as I actually went into the Pacific on a surfboard. People who know will be surprised as I never go into the water, I have a real fear which until now I hadn’t overcome. It all came as a bit of surprise really a few days ago I announced that I wanted to have a go so we went and got me a wetsuit. That was a commitment as I would have hated to waste the money and not used it.
With the help and patience of the King of Peru I went quite way out on the board and when I knew I had enough for one day we came back in. There were a few nerves but I knew I was in very safe hands and I will be going out again soon.
After that it was a celebratory drinks on the beach and then a Pizza at our local restaurant. All in all a very good day.
This morning it was breakfast at the local market a fried egg sandwich and a gorgeous juice to make everything feel better!! I have this into a new tradition and I do love a good tradition!!!
It has been a very chilled day and we had some of favourite food for lunch Chicken soup (Peruvian style) which is so good followed by yellow potato puree (unique to Peru), fried egg, rice and fried banana. Comfort food at its best served with a cold Cusquena!!
Tomorrow we will be off to Lima for the weekend so I will be visiting the Indian markets and having a few cocktails along the way.
Me ready to surf!!
Juices served in the local market
All prepared by Vicky, here she is at work.
The finished product fried egg sandwich and a Tuna & Granadilla juice. This juice is amazing and is especially good when you have an upset tummy.
Having a chilled day wearing Juliet Dunn, Melissa Odabash and Havaianas.
Well I have to say the weather here has been gorgeous, hot and sunny so the beach has featured a lot over the last few days.
We have been starting every morning with a walk along the coast so todays photos include some of the things we pass along the way.
In Punta Hermosa surfing is huge so they have surfboards in the pavement and the names of surfers on the boards, it just like the Hollywood!!
Tonight we went for Piccarones which if you are in Lima you have to have. They are like a very light donut fried and the sauce is honey, they are delicious!!
Anyone who knows me knows that I do not like the sea at all but tonight I became the proud owner of a wetsuit (blue of course) and over the next few days there will be photos of me on a surfboard. This little adventure will test the patience of the King of Peru but it will be fun.
Here I am ready for the day ahead.
The rocks that look like a whale.
A surfers hall of fame
Santa with his surfboard, he must be holiday too!
The local fisherman with their catch.
After the walk it was time for a look around the local market and a well deserved beer.
A shrine in the market!!
A quick beer and some cancha.
Waiting for my burger in Don Nico’s, great burgers and a chilled atmosphere.
Well it has been a few days since I posted from Lima so here is my catchup.
One of my favourite places to visit is Magdalena Market in the Magdalena district, not far away but a different world. It is very chaotic and you can buy anything at all, and I mean anything!! There is the normal fruit & veg, the meat, ingredients for witchcraft potions plus diamonds & gold. I can remember the first time I visited 8 years ago, I must have looked like a proper tourist as the sight of the chickens hanging in the heat was enough to make me a vegetarian (well nearly). Now the sight of fruits and vegetables that are only available in Peru amaze me, they have so much variety. We all recognise corn on the cob but have you ever had purple corn.
I always love to visit the “garden centres” here they really are like small sections of the Amazon. I always keep my eyes open for unexpected creatures hiding in the trees but so far so good. I took some photos of the one we visited yesterday and I think you will have to agree the plants are amazing.
We learnt today that it was the 479th anniversary of Lima, City of Kings so I have included a photo of Lima and the King!
As it is our last weekend it was a beach day today, I do have a tan but I just want to soak it all up, there is time enough at home to be cold and white. There were plenty of waves on both sides of the beach to keep the King happy today. He was waxing his short board this afternoon for his second session and I just loved the pink wax.
Fruit stalls at Magdalena Market
These herbs are ready to be turned into lotions & potions
Candles in every colour and smell
A small piece of the Amazon (ok garden centre)
It is the 479th anniversary of the Lima, The City of Kings
I made my first trip to LIma in 2006 with the KIng Of Peru I had no idea of what to expect but I knew that I had always wanted to visit the country so it wasn’t daunting. The heat and the sheer amount of humanity around cannot fail to overwhelm you. Peru has a population of about 29million of which 8 million live in Lima.
When you first leave Jorge Chavas airport the heat, noise and traffic hit you head on, the traffic can only be described as chaotic. The thing that will strike you most are the smiles, the people are so friendly, they will reflect your smiles right back.
Peru is a rapidly growing country they have minerals that we could only dream of but there is still unimaginable poverty, and these are the people you need to be aware of. The people who walk up and down the beaches every day in the heat selling their wares they live for the day, for the evening meal or their children’s school fees. By school fees I don’t mean the £5k a term like in the UK I mean a basic education. No matter how hot it is or how tired they are they always greet you with a huge smile.
All that aside Peru took me under its spell immediately, for me the annual trip is a joy, a home from home. It is amazing to keep a wardrobe in far flung land. On my very first trip I fell in love with a property in Las Gaviotas, sitting literally on the Pacific shore line. This has been our Peruvian home for six years but in december 2013 will see us in a a different home after I fell totally in love with it on day trip to a beach south of Lima.
I once asked the King of Peru “what do you eat in Peru” and in fairness he could never have given me an adequate answer, the food is amazing. An article in the Economist was testament to this. Peru is a garden of eden, there are fruits that only grow in Peru that are so sweet you will think you are in Paradise, combine this with the fruits of the Pacific ocean and you have food you can only dream of.
Our trips are fairly simple we have out own routine, that doesn’t include going to Machu Picchu, Cusco and the amazon it includes messing around at the beach and Miraflores. Having crab ceviche at the beach or Lomo Saltado in La Tiendecita Blanca, just whatever we fancy with no real plans.
On the last trip were luck enough to celebrate the 92nd birthday of the King of Peru’s stepfather, I have included a photo of the birthday boy.
Mario Testino has also just opened MATE is new foundation for Peruvian artists, an old traditional Lima house has been restored magnificently in Barranco. A collection of his own vogue covers was on display at the time, well worth a visit at any time.
This december it will be different, we will be in our new property in Caballeros, a beautiful spot about 40km south of Lima. This will add a whole new vibe to the trip it will much more of a beach lifestyle. I am looking forward to spending some time everyday on the gorgeous beach whilst the KIng is surfing the famous waves.
We have travelled with KLM on every trip and it is has always gone smoothly apart from the year the snow meant I spent xmas day in Schipol airport, interesting it was not, but I got there in the end. Last year Vicktor & Rolf had taken over the design of the comfort bags, much better than before. Pink for girls and black for boys. It is time for the phone call to KLM again.
Here are a few photos of past trips, the amazing views, the amazonian garden centres, our garden, birthday boy, surfer boy, (the king of peru) and a few more.