I’ll try keeping an up to date blog although Kiron thinks it’s a really naff idea.
Before we left Jaya made a lovely breakfast of smoked salmon and scrambled eggs and at 9:10 gave us a lift to the station. Train really busy though not everyone necessarily going to Gatwick it seemed. Arrived on time and got the shuttle to North Terminal. Airport, NT especially, looked very un-busy so dropped off our bags very quickly and went through security which seemed much more intensive than recent flights. D went straight through but K got body scanned and had her bag searched – she did leave her Kindle in it!
K not very hungry after large breakfast so D had a quick Pret sandwich and on to Jamie’s Bar for a glass of prosecco. Gatwick has renumbered all its gates – ours was gate 573! Boarding was very quick as the plane is only half full – our block of 24 World Traveller Plus seats only has 11 people in it. Lots of leg room though. Off stand on time but still didn’t take off for another 25 minutes. Oh and they brought round some extra glasses of prosecco from Club while we were still on the stand.
Pre-lunch drinks came around soon into the flight closely followed by lunch. We both had steak with roast potatoes and veg with a little pot of sauce – very nice but a bit dry though the sauce helped. Nice lemon and mint couscous for starter, choice of bread rolls and a cheesecake dessert and a nice little bottle of wine.
Both watched films but the entertainment system seems to have a fault – it was down for 15 minutes at one point while they re-booted it but it doesn’t seem to be much better.
Just over half way they came around with a snack box that had nachos with a tomato salsa, piece of cake, a chocolate, an oat cereal bar and a drink which was quite nice.
Both of us tried snoozing on and off, K more successfully I think – I never find it easy to sleep of the plane. Another small meal came along about an hour and a half before we were due to land. I had red pesto penne and K had chicken korma – it came with a very sweet lemon drizzle cake, definitely not as nice as Jaya’s.
It got dark outside as we got nearer Lima and there was a spectacular sunset. Also it was interesting seeing the lightning in some storms far to the north. Straight in for a very smooth landing. Weather dry and around 17 C. The airport was very busy; a couple of large airplanes seemed to have arrived around the same time but we got into immigration ahead of the big queues which occurred after we had got through. Took a little while for our bags to arrive but we collected those and met up with our guide and group.
There are 8 in our group – apart from us there is a slightly younger than us mother and son pair, plus a group of 3 (1M, 2W) and a single woman. Our guide speaks good English and she gave the usual welcome and updated information – we have a 9:00 start for the city tour tomorrow (Monday) and have to meet in the lobby at 6:15 on Tuesday to be taken back to the airport for our flight to Cusco.
Got to the hotel by about 21:00. We’re in the Hotel Jose Antonio in the Miraflores district quite near the sea (Pacific Ocean). Rooms are OK for an economy hotel. I think everyone decided straight to bed.