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When we think of the culture in Peru before Europeans, we normally think of the Incas. But they were just one of many people who lived on this land.

At the wonderful +Museo Larco in the capital Lima, is a large collection of artefacts from all these cultures.

This exhibit is the weapon used for ritual human sacrifice and the vessel the blood was collected in. It's from the Mochica people sometime between 100AD and 800AD.

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Inside the Cathedral of Lima

This magnificent church was built in 1535 by the first Spanish conquistadors to arrive in Peru. (Although it's had many reconstructions since.)

It's also the home of the tomb of Francisco Pizarro, the man who conquered the Incans and claimed the land for Spain.

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First day in Peru and I spent it exploring the sights of the capital, Lima.

This photo is from the main square, Plaza Mayor. In the background is Government Palace where the changing of the guard was taking place (with a cool soundtrack, I must say!)

Tomorrow I'm going to try to find some slightly less-touristy things. Would definitely welcome any suggestions!!

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You can try the local cuisine, therer are many restaurants and pubs, in La Punta District, perhaps in Miraflores or in San Isidro, or perharps you could visit some beautiful landscapes close to Lima, in Canta, Huachipa, If you can go further you must visit Ica and Nasca, these are excellents choices (4- 5 hours of travel by car). If you are planning to gou to the interior, there are infinte options!
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When I mentioned on social media that I was about to go and visit Hadrian’s Wall, one cheeky follower replied that the long stone barrier was actually built to keep the English out of Scotland. Obviously a joke, in reference to the independence movement in the north. But still… it raises the interesting notion that every border has two sides.

Construction started on the enormous stone wall in AD122 and was about 120 kilometres long. At the most fortified points, it was up to six metres high and three metres wide. Hadrian’s Wall must have been a formidable sight, indeed. But what was it there for?

Find out more: http://www.timetravelturtle.com/2014/04/visiting-hadrians-wall-england/

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Checking in for my +KLM flight to Peru. There's no queue at the Skyteam premium desks here at London Heathrow.

I've got a quick jump across to Amsterdam and then onwards to Lima. Can't wait!!
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Ha ha - there are a lot of people who would not classify a trip to China as "sensible", +James O'Brien! I've just got to Peru, though, and hopefully will be able to share plenty of photos for the vicarious traveller :)
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A young girl plays with the pigeons outside the San Francisco Convent in Peru's capital Lima.

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Bonita toma! 
Clasica de Lima!
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Here's the first tip I can pass along from Peru...
Always head to the local restaurant and ask for the menu of the day. This large and delicious lunch cost me 7 soles... which is about US$2.50

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Looks yummy!
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Hadrian's Wall, England

The ruins of the two thousand year old barrier the Roman's built along the north of England.

Find out more: http://www.timetravelturtle.com/2014/04/visiting-hadrians-wall-england/
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No, this isn't a Disneyland ride. Found these very cool seats at Amsterdam Airport on my +KLM  trip to Peru!
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This is the Rietveld Schroder House in the Dutch city of Utrecht.

It looks a little out of place, doesn't it? Well, it may appear strange but it's actually been listed as a World Heritage Site because of the unique design inside and outside. It revolutionised architecture and the use of space.

Find out how on the blog: http://www.timetravelturtle.com/2013/06/rietveld-schroder-house-utrecht/ 

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The site itself isn't as striking as nearby Housesteads but it has a much prettier setting. The river and the fields are beautiful and worth the stop alone. The museum is also great with lots of artefacts found in the area. Make sure you don't miss that part of it.
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One of the best sites on the long path of Hadrian's Wall. It really gives you a good idea of the strength that some parts of this barrier had. The museum is quite small but there's plenty to see on the actual site. Be warned, though - it can get pretty cold and windy up there on a bad day (of which this part of the country has many!).
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The bunker complex was much bigger than I expected and the Churchill Museum within it has more to see than you could ever fit into one visit. It's a really cool place and it's incredible to walk through such an important part of WWII history. Definitely check it out and leave yourself enough time to do it slowly.
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A great way to see the island. The guides really know the place well and will find lots of little things to show you and explain. I did the levada walk which was beautiful and it was incredible to see how the landscapes changed so much during the walk.
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I was a bit disappointed not to see more of the building which is currently in use - but, of course, it makes sense that it would not be accessible to the public. This is more a historical experience and you can see the rooms where Queen Victoria grew up, for examples. Many of the rooms are used as a museum and display important artefacts of the residents who lived here.
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The Laurisilva is a really important protected forest that once covered most of southern Europe but can now only be found on the island of the Atlantic. There are lots of different ways to access it but it can be easily combined with a levada walk on Madeira.
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The cathedral is absolutely incredible today - I can't even imagine what a masterpiece it must have been when it was built almost a thousand years ago. There are so many intricate details in the cathedral, you could spend hours there or go back multiple times. I would highly recommend getting a guided tour or a guidebook to truly appreciate all the elements that make up such a huge building.
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