We love the bohemian neighborhood called Barranco and wish we had more time to explore it. It's full of beautiful old mansions (many of which have yet to be restored), art galleries, cafes, live music & restaurants. Apparently many of Peru's most famous writers, artists and photographers live and work here.
When we arrived on Monday, many of the restaurants were closed. However, family owned Songoro Consongo was open and welcoming guests. It's located in a large building which is part restaurant and part private residence. The owner, Herman, welcomed us and explained that we were guests in his home and gave us a brief history of his family (he is the 3rd generation living in the house). He walked us through the menu, telling us who cooks each dish and made some recommendations. As the evening continued Herman played the piano while friends joined him playing the guitar or signing. One patron asked if he could participate and so an impromptu band was formed. They had also just recently hired a waiter from Cuba who had the most amazing voice. I wish I'd taken video of him singing because he was incredibly talented. Overall it was a magical evening full of music, conversation and a home cooked Peruvian meal!
By the way, if you are wondering about the title of this entry, we saw loads of people napping all over the city - on lawns, in cars, under trees, and along the malecon. And I really like Queen. :-)
Here are some pictures of our day & night in lovely Lima: