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Sep 23 Free day in Cusco

Shopping and more Shopping

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Had our first sleep in today...it was wonderful. Leisurely breakfast, dry toast :-( And then headed out to do some shopping. First went to a silver shop recommended by Alvaro. Her name is Rosa, and you have be rung in. The outside of the building looks horrible but once you get inside, there is a beautiful courtyard with several rooms around the square that are her shops. 2 for silver and one for gold. The items just go on and on! All of the silver is 950 and the inlay silver is stunning. Necklaces, bracelets, earrings, pendants, you name it.

We had a leisurely lunch in one of the restaurants that overlook the main Plaza. The chicken soup was wonderful. Made to order with a whole chicken breast, fresh veggies and thin noodles. Fun just to watch the comings and goings of everyone.

One of the main buildings on the square is Church la Compañía de Jesu, a church and Jesuit College originally built in the1500’s. Devastated by an earthquake, it was rebuilt in 1668. No photos allowed except from the choir area on the second floor so we headed up there. Very impressive alter. Then we climbed higher through narrow stairs with tower lookouts over the square with great views, not only of the square but of the construction of the church.

Refreshed, we walked (uphill) to San Blas, the bohemian and artistic area of town. Lots of little cobblestone streets and a cute square.

Slowly wandered back to our hotel, and along the way I was in search of a store I had seen. Luckily I ran into someone who recognized the name and got me on the right track. Paul continued on to the hotel and I had to backtrack. Worth it though.

We went across the street for pizza last night, the girls (Bonnie, Mary, Dorothy and Maija), Paul and John. Just wanted something simple. It was cheap and delicious. About $6 with all our additions. We have found the wine in Peru to be quite pricey, which is a surprise considering how reasonable Argentinian wine is at home. Even the Peruvian wine is expensive, but very good.

Rosa’s jewellry shop:
San Cristobal:
Inca wall on the way to San Blas:
Streets of San Blas:
Lunch in Plaza de Armas:
Local kids, part of a dance troupe:

Posted by barb3389 06:33 Archived in Peru

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I really my time in Cusco. Your photo sitting in the restaurant looking out at the square looks very familiar to me. I am positive I sat in that same restaurant and took a similar photo of the square. If not that restaurant then I was in one right next to it.

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