⭐⭐⭐ Starfish ⭐⭐⭐ Have you ever touched a starfish?

We have and it was pretty rough.  That was Emily's descriptions by the way.

I love that we get to do these things so that the children have their own memories and experiences to draw on in the future.

One day, I hope that they will be writing a story at school and they'll use a simile like
🦑🦑🦑 Jellyfish Garden 🦑🦑🦑 First up, I need a jellyfish emoji.  Poor old squid has had to step in today.

We loved the jellyfish garden though.  It was like a weird magical place full of the strangest creatures on Earth.

I'm not a fan of jellyfish.  I'm not sure what the point is, but I am aware that that is probably just me being ignorant.

If I spot a jellyfish in the sea then I am out SO FAST.  They creep me out.

That said they are mesmerising and fascinating.  The way they swim and move around.

We need to learn more about these funny little blobs. ❤️ #jellyfish #sealife #sealifesydney #sydney #aquarium #underthesea #deepsea #exploringtheoceans #exploringtheworld #travelblog #traveljournalist
🌊🌊🌊 Sealife Sydney 🌊🌊🌊 After a week of walking around quoting Finding Nemo (think
👸👸 Sisters👸👸 Anyone else got one?  We've all got one.  Mummy's got a sister, Daddy's got a sister and Emily and Alice have each other.

It is funny watching these two together. It reminds me so much of the relationship I had with my sister growing up. 
They love each other so much, but sometimes they can't stand each other.

A lovely game can turn into tears and screams within seconds, but is usually resolved with a grumbled
🧜‍♀️🧜‍♀️🧜‍♀️ Mermaid Rocks 🧜‍♀️🧜‍♀️🧜‍♀️ I coined little rocks that jut out like this
🦀🦀🦀 Rock pooling 🦀🦀🦀 Another thing that we loved about Balmoral Beach were the rock pools.  We'd done a bit of rock pooling back home but this was another level.

The rock formations around the edge of the beach were beautiful and created natural pockets of water full of shellfish and crabs.

The girls had a great time climbing over the rocks and peering into pools on the hunt for crabs.

We saw several of them scurry off and hide in dark corners but one or two stopped to pose for a photo. ❤️ #rockpools #worldschool #exploretheworld #crabbing #beachlife #childrenoftheworld #learningontheroad #bigwideworld #sydney #australia
🌴🌴🌴 Balmoral Beach 🌴🌴🌴 No trip to Sydney would be complete without a trip to one of their gorgeous beaches.

After getting chatting to a random guy in the park, he recommended Balmoral Beach as a great place to take the children.

This was then backed up by a recommendation from the doctor that we took Emily to see (another story). With two recommendations, we packed our bags and jumped on a bus.  And wow!  This beach did not disappoint!

With two sandy coves separated by a rocky point in the middle it was the perfect spot for the kids.

It is sheltered nicely from the big waves that roll in from the Pacific meaning that you an go in and swim properly. ❤️ #beachlife #sydney #australia #kidsthatexplore #traveltheworld #familytravel #kidsthattravel #travelingtoddler #seetheworld #bestbeach
⛲⛲⛲ Darling Harbour ⛲⛲⛲ After some rather firm demands from the kids, we set out to find a playground in Sydney.

The first one we found was incredible.  The best playground we've been to.  EVER!

It is in the Darling Harbour area, which is a stunning place with lots of restaurants and entertainment.  But the park is by far the best it.

It had the usual swings and slides, which were better than average anyway.  But the best bit was the water play. 
There were three water play areas.  One with a series of dams and waterwheels where you could change the route that the water flowed through.

Then there was a huge paddling pool with stepping stones that i love soaking my hot and sweaty feet in.

But the bit the kids loved the most was this.  The jets of water.  It was the bit that ruined my
🌉🌉🌉 Sydney Harbour Bridge 🌉🌉🌉 On our first day in Sydney, we caught a train to the North End of the bridge.  Our plan was to use the pedestrian path that runs along the east side to get some great views of the city.

Walking along the (free) path was grand but, due to the fires in New South Wales, some smoke had blown in and limited the views.

It is a spectacular bridge though.  Work started on the bridge in 1914 and was designed to look like Hell Gate Bridge in New York.

The bridge was finally opened in 1932.  It is the tallest steel arch bridge in the world and until 2012 was the widest long-span bridge too.

Aside from the iconic views, it attractive tourists for another reason: you can walk right over the top of it.

If I'm honest, just looking at the people walk over it made me feel nauseous.  But Emily said she wanted to do it.  Thankfully, she's too young, so she will have to come back when she's a bit older. ❤️ #sydneyharbourbridge #newsouthwales #sydneyviews #travelphoto #photooftheday #seetheworld #kidsthattravel #somuchtosee #travelbloggers
🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺 Sydney Opera House 🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺 This hugely iconic building was a must see on our list of things to do in Sydney.

It was pretty hard to see it really as it sticks out and train into the city went right past it.

Getting up close to it was incredible though.  It is MASSIVE!

One thing that I didn't realise was that the roof is actually covered in white tiles.  Not sure what I thought it was made from but it wasn't tiles.

Plus the views from around the opera house are stunning too.  You can see the botanical gardens and the harbour bridge and so much more. ❤️ #sydney #sydneyoperahouse #australia #nsw #travelblog #familytravel #travelphotography #travelfamily #globetrotting #wanderlust #downunder
🐦🐦🐦 Parrots 🐦🐦🐦 How cool is this picture?

Sydney Opera House in the background and a parrot on her shoulder.  It is one of Emily's favourites from the whole trip.

We've seen some pretty cool birds on our travels.  We saw some random parrot on the beach in Colombia.  But nowhere feels quite as exotic as Australia.

Even the bin chickens (white ibis') where exciting when we got here.  Until we realised that they were just fancy pigeons.

But you'll see green lorikeets fly up to balconies and they are just beautiful.

Much better than crows and sparrows back home. ❤️ #sydneyoperahouse #birdsoftheworld #parrots #binchickens #australia #sydney #traveltheworld #travelblog #kidsthattravel #worldschooling #exploretheworld #learningaroundtheworld

Our favourite capital city in South America? Lima!

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There were lots of places we loved in South America.  We love Old Town in Cartagena and the warmth of the Caribbean Sea, we loved the sunshine and wine in Argentina and the metropolitan vibes from Santiago.  But Lima still wins.

 

We spent a good few days in Lima, Peru with a little excursion to the desert in the middle.  But we loved every second of our time there and can’t wait to go back.

 

Where did we stay in Lima?

We headed straight for Miraflores and only ventured out for a couple of sights elsewhere in the city.  But you have very little reasons to head anywhere else.

 

Fortunately, we were able to book Airbnbs right in the heart of Miraflores and close to all the sights and amenities.  We paid less than £30 a night for apartments in the middle of a capital city, which I thought was a total bargain.

 

Our accommodation was less than a five-minute walk from the local parks and we had three supermarkets within 10minutes and the coast was only a 15 minutes stroll.

 

Best things to do in Lima

Being a big city there are lots of things that you can get up to, but as a family on a budget we had to be a little selective.  But here are our favourites:

Visit the local markets

We loved exploring the markets because they were bright and colourful and gave us a real taste of Lima.

 

There are two types of market that I recommend that you explore.  Firstly, there are the food and produce markets used by the locals.  You’ll find fresh meat, fish, fruit and vegetables aplenty.  All on display for you to stare wide-eyed at.

 

Then there are also the more touristy artisan markets that sell rows and rows of alpaca clothing and accessories.  This is the top spot to pick up souvenirs and we loved it there.

 

Make sure you go in low with your price and they will take less than they say it is, particularly if you are willing to pay cash.

 

Parque De La Reserva

Just North of Miraflores, and only a short Uber ride away, is Parque de la Reserva.  There is a small entrance fee but kids under 5 are free.

 

Once inside you will the Magic Water Tour which consists of 13 fountains.  Some of these fountains are interactive and the children can play in them.  There’s also a water tunnel which you can walk through if you don’t mind a few drips.

 

Larcomar

Larcomar is a shopping centre in Miraflores that is built into the cliff and looks out on to the ocean.  It is a beautiful place to shop and eat.

 

We visited a couple of times to look around and grab some lunch.  There is a playground at the top too, so you’ll be able to bribe your kids into going with both that and ice cream.

 

It contains many familiar shops but many are on the more luxurious end of the market, so we didn’t buy anything.  But it is worth a visit for the views!

 

Walk along the coast

You have two choices if you want to walk along the coast in Lima: top of the cliffs or bottom of the cliffs.

 

Walking along the top is far more scenic and there are several parks and cafes for you to enjoy too.  We loved stopping off at the café at Parque del Amour for a Nutella crepe.

 

The path by the sea is lovely too, but its hard to get to.  The beaches are mostly used by surfers and are targeted towards them rather than your typical beachgoers.

 

Huaca Pucllana

Right in the heart of Miraflores is a pre-Inca remain that you can visit and walk around.  It is super fascinating and you get a guided tour included in your ticket price.

 

The whole structure is made from mud bricks in a bookshelf formation.  Luckily, it hardly rains at all in Lima so that structure has stayed strong after all these years.

 

Food in Lima

I can’t write a post about how Lima was our favourite capital in South America without talking about the food.  Dan loves it purely for the food!

 

Firstly, as a coeliac, I was excited to find an extensive range of gluten-free products in all supermarkets.  There is bread, biscuits, pasta and pretty much anything else you want, so no issues there.  They also do cooked chicken and chips which is gluten-free too.

 

But the food is generally delicious.  We found a great food court in Lima Mercado San Martin.  There were several stalls selling all of Peru’s famous foods, so it is a must-visit destination.

 

We also loved all the sweet food stall that we found in Parque Kennedy.  In the evening, there are stalls selling everything from popcorn to churros to arroz con leche (creamed rice) every 10 metres.  Dan tried them all!

 

But if you are after churros then you need to check out Manolo’s.  For S/.16 (about £4), you can get 6 fresh churros to dip in the thickest cup of hot chocolate I have ever seen.  It was ridiculously thick and the kids loved it.

 

You will also need to check out La Lucha, a chain of sandwich shops in Lima.  They sell a variety of sandwiches and juices and get rave reviews from everyone.

 

Why we would go back

We spent a long time in Lima by traveller’s standards, but we would have stayed longer.  The general vibe in Lima is chilled but exciting.  It attracts people from all over the world and it just oozes culture.  That and the food is amazing!

On our travels through South America there was one city that we really loved. Lima in Peru is stunning and there is so much to do.Disclaimer:  Remember the information you read here does not represent advice.  Any ideas or suggestions are just that and may not work for you.  Read the full disclaimer here.

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8 Comments

  • Jazmine
    December 5, 2019 at 3:38 am

    I love this! Thanks so much for sharing. Lima looks like a tonne of fun! We can’t wait to visit SA. It’s literally at the top of hubby’s travel list.

    • charlottejessop
      December 5, 2019 at 4:57 am

      We had so much fun in South America. Generall, it’s pretty cheap and there’s so much to see.

  • Jennie Mayes
    December 5, 2019 at 4:10 am

    I love reading about peoples’ traveling adventures. I especially love the pictures with your kiddos!

    • charlottejessop
      December 5, 2019 at 4:57 am

      Thank you! The kids are pretty cute! Hehe!

  • Jen @ Jenron Designs
    December 5, 2019 at 2:34 pm

    Wow Peru looks amazing a place on my bucket list for sure!

    • charlottejessop
      December 6, 2019 at 9:12 am

      We had so much fun!

  • April Kusewicz
    December 6, 2019 at 4:57 am

    We would love to visit South America one day ! So much fun ! Love the video!

    • charlottejessop
      December 6, 2019 at 9:13 am

      Thank you! Video is all the husband’s efforts!

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