Peruvian capital city
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In Lima we decided to head to the Miraflores end of town, which turned out to be the kind of place J.G. Ballard would set a novel (perhaps he already has?). There aren't many places where the policemen bid you good afternoon as they glide past on their segways.
Continuing the J. G. Ballard theme, we were also interested to see that the Miraflores shopping centre, which is built into a cliff, has a sign proclaiming 'no weapons allowed', suggesting shopping centres elsewhere aren't so picky.
Having decided to explore Lima on foot, we crossed a bridge to an interesting looking part of town, only to be greeted by a tourist policeman shouting DANGER DANGER go back, DANGER! Needless to say we heeded his rather melodramatic advice, and jumped on a tourist bus instead. From this vantage point we saw one of our favourite things in Lima, a statue of a woman with a llama on her head. Apparently the written directions intended her to be crowned with a ring of flame, but it turns out the Spanish word for flame is 'llama', leading to rather less imposing ensemble..