|Candlelit Christmas Eve|
|The guy on the panflute was awesome|
|White Christmas in Arequipa|
After breakfast and opening presents we relished in a mellow Christmas day. Arequipa is a wonderful city for walking, which we happily did. We cruised throughout the fairly empty streets and made our way to the main square, Plaza de Armas, which also houses the Basilica Cathedral. There were families hanging in the park as usual, most lining up to be photographed with the large Christmas Tree in front of the Cathedral. Looking for lunch, we were so lucky to happen upon a customary procession of elaborately dressed groups singing and dancing from church to church. We followed the reverie for a while, mesmerized by the spectacle. One of our favorite restaurants was open and offering up a delicious menu, or set lunch. With our bellies full we relaxed and chatted with our families. We are so happy we decided to spend Christmas in Arequipa. The white city not only provided us with a white Christmas, but a very, very merry Christmas as well.
|Plaza de Armas|