I was in Lima a while back, to pick up my brother and his girlfriend, and before travelling around Peru together we stayed in Lima for a couple of days. We were incredible blessed to stay in one of the art and food districts of Lima - Barranco. It is very beautiful there - with tree lined streets, cliffs overlooking the Pacific, and gorgeous flowers abloom. There are musicians performing in many of the plazas and a vibe that is both lively and relaxed. And the food - Pisco Sours, Ceviches, Anticuchos (a Peruvian type of barbecue - traditionally of cow's heart), and good coffee!
We very luckily stayed in the former residence of one of Peru's most famous artists - Victor Delfin. His residence has now been converted into a small boutique hotel by the artists' daughter. The hotel overlooks the ocean, has beautiful grounds, and is filled with Delfin's art - both paintings and sculptures.
The art of Victor Delfin is full of beautiful colours, whimsical imagery of animals and people, it is also full of life. It is a mix of painting and sculpture and has a joy about it. Apart from his inspiration from nature, there are nods towards the work of both Picasso and Dali. His most famous piece in Lima is "El Beso" - The Kiss - It is a monumental sculpture of a couple kissing and it sits in the Love Park of the Miraflores district of Lima overlooking the sea.
Staying in the house was incredible as there was beautiful and colourful art around every corner. There was also a small pool that was an artwork in itself - the water pouring out of the mouth of a lion - and yes I took full advantage of swimming there amidst the art, overlooking the sea.
Tahira Nusrat Karim