Day 42 | Sunday, December 4, 2016
We have read that the changing of the palace guards is an impressive sight and if you go on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month it is done by the Presidential Escort Life Guard Dragoons Regiment “Field Marshal Domingo Nieto”, in the presence of the President of Peru and the First Lady or the chief of the Presidential Military Staff in their absence. We have purposefully waited so that we could go on the 1st Sunday of the month.
Heading out the door this morning we started walking in the direction of the Plaza de Armas through yet another area of this vast town that we have not been through. Not far from our apartment we discovered a small farmers market that must only be out on weekends. We didn’t have time to stop and shop as we were running a little late to be able to make the changing of the guard at noon. Still I love seeing how real life is lived in Lima. We are passing by countless people (sometimes whole families) out running, biking, roller blading, walking and using the outdoor exercise equipment they have in parks. Some are going to markets to get fresh produce for the day and others still are going about their normal Sunday routines.
After finally deciding that we weren’t going to make it on time on foot we ordered an Uber and arrived at the palace gates about 11:40am.
Thankfully we arrived when we did because we had just enough time to pick our prime spot and the festivities began.