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Miguel Aguirre Miguel Aguirre | 08:51 UK time, Friday, 15 October 2010

In Miraflores a couple of giants have the longest kiss of their lives. They are loving in front of the sea, below the gray sky, above of the stares of curious people. Their bodies are not perfect, the silhouette of their figures are irregular, but they don't care about it, because they are genuine. The day could be sunny, cloudy or rainy but they will always be there. Nothing matters because they will love for all eternity.

The love in times of war

During the19th century Miraflores was in the middle of a war, known as The Pacific War. (Between Chile and Peru). Peruvian soldiers and civilians died defending his district, for this reason Miraflores it’s also know as “heroic district”.

Boat anchor, symbol of the Pacific War

Nowadays Miraflores is considered one of the most exclusive districts in Lima. There are luxurios hotels, pubs, discos, restaurant and places of entertainment. Although this disctrict is not only attractive for its buildings but also for its beautiful parks and gardens. One of them is: "El parque del Amor" (Love Park).

Miraflores distric

The sunset could be the inspiration of many people that find in that a place a perfect shelter to think, cry or to love. Between the see and the city. Love Park is located on the cliffs of Miraflores overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Parque del Amor (Love Park)

The peruvian poet Antonio Cilloniz used to say that "In the cities, they do not build monuments to lovers", for these reason "Love Park" was opened on February 14, 1993, St Valentine's Day. It’s a place dedicated to all lovers and offers a stunning view over the bay of Lima.

Love Park (romantic quotes)

Mosaics on the wall

Love

In the surrounding it’s possible to see some romantic quotes, from peruvians poets, which are artfully decorated with colorful mosaics on the wall

“Amor es como luz” (Love is like light) Martin Adan.
“Finge corazón, díle que las amas” (Pretend my heart, tell her that you love her) Marco Martos.
"El viento es blando cuando se aproxima al corazón" (The wind is soft when approaching a heart).
“Amor es solo un pajaro que deambula” (Love is like a bird that wanders through the night) Rocio Romina Bances.

It’s possible too, read some lines of Inca poetry.

“Al cántico dormirás /media noche yo vendré” ("With the song you’ll sleep / I will come midnight”), Inca poetry.

“The kiss” of the giants

Victor Delfín is a peruvian sculptur and is the father of the the giants in love. He made this monument of love and he baptized as “El Beso” (The kiss) the same day of the inauguration of Love Park.

The Kiss

“El Beso” (The kiss) is the most impressive sculpture of Love Park and it describes two lovers in a passionate kiss. It’s normal during the day and night see couples here, kissing or snuggled close together. The monument has a dimension of 12 meters long and 3 meters high.

Many just married couples, with a bouquet in hand, go to the park to be sealed with a kiss the consecration of their wedding. It’s common to see couples in love promise eternity love, fidelity and draw a heart with tiny stones in the ground as symbol of his love while the sunset is painted in the skyline.

Every year on "Valentines Day" a massive people participate in a particulary contest. The competition takes place between couples attendees who can keep "the longest kiss”.

Love Park - Love is like a bird that wanders through the night


Voices in the park

“My memories are stronger than your oblivion”. It belongs to Carlos A. Salaverry, peruvian poet, and his quotes tranport me to the past when, every weekend, I used to go to the "Love Park" to read some poems. I used to read in silence, like praying, until the night came on me. Until "she" came into my mind.

Comments

  • Comment number 1.

    Hi Miguel!

    You are a real romantic, aren't you :) I like the way you think and write. Your post have inspired me to create something as well. May be it's time to write "poetry" again... :)

    Thank you and take care,

    Marina the Pocahontas, Kazakhstan-Almaty

  • Comment number 2.

    Hi Miguel! Well, another interesting tour to getting to know the history and unbelievable city of Lima. Not just that. At the same time you have mastered in a decent way to learn me a little bit of spanish and some names of peruvian Literature. I confess without hesitation that´s all in all unknown world for me. And believe me I am only surpised in a positive way. Much better than to watch any travel documentary on TV. Lovely weekend for you and all! marianna,Slovakia

  • Comment number 3.


    Hi Miguel!

    Wow! It's quite extraordinary!! Which not, in fact, the topic....the sense...and the writing style!!! I get confused while I read your blog that I'm reading a piece or enjoying a painting. You had better be a painter rather than a writer, I guess. You're a real poet (as you mentioned, Miguel).

    I wish if I could be there and kiss my...........Anyway, thanks a lot.

    @ Marina: Miguel is not only romantic, but also he can make others so, I think. And, I don't think you're quite exceptional. Then, keep up trying. Look forward to reading your poetry.

    Thanks.

    Ashish, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

  • Comment number 4.

    Thank you Marina, I'd like to read some poems of you. I enjoy reading poems, and I tried to write some pieces of poetry, but I am not good (I think so). =(

    If I am a romantic guy, well I think so .... but I belive that everyone is romantic in the way they can express their feelings, some guys can show their feelings and others can't.

    I hope your poems soon MArina =)

    Thank you "bbllmm" (sorry, I don't know your name). You mentioned in your previous post abou Paul Gaugin, well you are right, Gaugin came to Peru with his family and he was known as "salvaje peruano". (Peruvian Savage). Interesting isn't it?

    Best Regards friends!

    Miguel

  • Comment number 5.

    a wonderful post!
    I expected for a picture of you and your GF, kissing in the park
    by the way, what’s your record? How long is your kiss :)

  • Comment number 6.

    Hahahaa you're so funny Mustapha, I don't have a girlfriend yet and I prefer taking photographs to other people ... and about my kiss record??? uhmm I think a kiss could be like a shot of Whiskey, You enjoy it more if you try only a little bit... "Quality rather than quantities"

    Thank you Mustapha

    Miguel



  • Comment number 7.

    Sorry me Ashish, I hadn't seen your comment!

    Thank you so much for your words!! I was very flattered. When I was a child I used to paint and draw places and people, but I think write is a way to draw and to express emotions and feelings as I draw...

    And waht about the Kiss? hahaha Are you looking for your Blue prince?

    Thank you Ashish

    Miguel


  • Comment number 8.

    Hi, Miguel: Always interesting and well written your blogs, and speccially attractive "El Parque del Amor". The poets quotations on the wall with the little tiles decoration make the monument picturesque. I think after reading the last paragraph "Voices in the park" that you are a very sensitive and romantic guy. Very nice the photos. I´d like to see some more of the Pacific coast. Could it be? Thanks. Bye. The best. Beatriz.

  • Comment number 9.

    Thank you Beatriz!

    I'd like to show you more photos about Pacific Coast, but it's a little complicated in this time, because the weather is crazy. In theory we are in Spring, but it's like winter. The sky is cloudy and foggy, and the photos are not good, but I try to take some =)

    MIguel

  • Comment number 10.

    Hi There
    Again you did a great Job , Miguel . Well done ! I can see you have changed mood of the BBC LE fans to a Romantice one . The love park is realy exclusive And what a beautiful mosaic decoration ! Is it so common in Latin American ?
    By the way don't wonder too much about the weatehr , Here in the north hemisphere we are enjoying completely mild weather while it 's autumn !
    have nice time in Love park
    see you

  • Comment number 11.

    ooh Miguel.
    I wish to be all ears to hear those kind of poems all the time just like music flowing into my heart!!
    It is inspiring!
    the love park,
    are there also people marrying?
    I love the mosaics
    thanks and love
    xx

  • Comment number 12.

    hello man but why you didn t answer my previus answer in other blog??*

  • Comment number 13.

    HI Taltha !!

    I Apologize, I forgot to answer you before! =(

    Well, I want to be clear and honest, my aim is not to spread any particular religion, If I mention any particular topic about catholic tradition like Lord of MIracles is because I think is a good way to know my culture. As I told you, I respect all kind of religion!!

    Best Regards

    MIguel

  • Comment number 14.

    HI Pary and Sero_03

    Thank you for your opinions! Well Another Love Park in South America, I don´t think so. Lima is also know as Garden City so we have many Parks and Garden, In this blog I only show you one of them, because I thought it is picturesque

  • Comment number 15.


    Dear Miguel

    You make me cry hahaha...

    Seriously, I do like it!It remember me some good days there!You really touch me... you review is so precise and good, as well

    About you: That's a side I couldn't find in class babe...Good job!

    kathy

  • Comment number 16.

    Hi Miguel!! What a nice and romantic blog. You make all of us romantic for a mintute. I like the name of the park 'Love Park' :). Lima must be very beautiful as you said it is also called Garden city. We'd love to see more shots of this beautiful wonderland.
    Bye till your next entry.

  • Comment number 17.

    Hi there
    The park is really really beautiful.
    I congratualate you on writing but the result sounds to me slightly pretentious, sorry.

  • Comment number 18.

    Hi Miguel , as you said there are many parks and garden in Lima , please if you don't mind give us a virtual tour to them . I love visiting gardens and parks !
    cheers
    Pary from Iran

  • Comment number 19.

    Thanks a lot! Miguel. Beautiful scenes and impressive sculpture, especially colorful mosaics.
    Is there another Miraflores in Peru?
    I searched it in Google Maps and found a inland place named Miraflores in Peru.

  • Comment number 20.

    hi miguel,
    ı like your way of writting, you are enjoyable so ı always lookıng for your next artıcle,,,

    have nıce time...

  • Comment number 21.

    oooofff, ı am new user for this page, to be honest ı have known and check very often but ı am just writting, ı like be here, all emaıl very delighed :) they make me smılıng, be relaxing and learning o lot about all over the world
    thank you all...

  • Comment number 22.

    Matter of love is very sensitive. According to me, for everyone there is diffirent love or no love. I think talking about 'love' to anyone is not moral, beceuse you may be consedered to be unrealistic romantic dreamer while you consider it as most important thing in the world.

    Love is just thinking of beloved. It should not be mention eonyone except your beloved.

    If a man could pass thro’ Paradise in a Dream, and have a flower presented to him as a pledge that his Soul had really been there, and found that flower in his hand when he awoke—Aye? and what then?

    —from the notebooks of Samuel Taylor Coleridge

  • Comment number 23.

    dear aliöztürk
    your view of love is miracle,, the most ımportand that love must be given to who deserve it,,, here will be starting big discussion, because the real love,you should not accept anyone look your love, you just love of her/ his smiling, lookıng, hand, eyes or her/hıs view of life.
    thıs ıs the love.....
    ı love.... all the sentences starting with this two word...
    the god created us for love

  • Comment number 24.

    Hello Miguel,

    It's a pleasure to read your post once again.

    Hi, Nadliv. It's pleasure to have you here.

    I've just to read your last post and i confess that the last sentence is absolutely correct "God created us for love". It's enough !

    Cheers - Natanael - Rio de Janeiro - Brazil




  • Comment number 25.

    Hello Pary,

    It's a long time. Isn't ?

    How are you? What about it the Miguel' last post?

    What about your family. Are they Well? I hope so.

    Cheers - Natanael - Rio de Janeiro - Brazil



  • Comment number 26.

    Hello Katherina,

    Where are you from?

    Cheers - Natanael - Rio de Janeiro - Brazil

  • Comment number 27.

    Hi Sventla and Nastya from Russia,

    I was studing about "Pedro I" your czar ou tzar on the net.
    Just to know a little more about your history and your amazing country.

    Also, so again some photo about the Moscow subway station. Very interesting.

    I miss both of you.

    Cheers - Natanael - Rio de Janeiro - Brazil





  • Comment number 28.

    Hello Miguel,

    Sorry but i forgot to comment your last post to Talha.

    You were perfect on your comment. We live on State "Laico" in Brazil and we don't have a oficial religion. Everybody have the religion that want to believe and you can to worship according to their faith. There is a freedom to express you thinking and your faith.
    Altough i'm Protestant (Evangelic), i believe first of all on the respect among the people, tribes and nations about the so important matter on our lives.

    Talha, tell us more about you, your family, your country, your very important cities and historic cities (the old Constantinopla (in Portuguese)), and your religion as well.

    Cheers - Natanael - Rio de Janeiro - Brazil

  • Comment number 29.

  • Comment number 30.

    Hello Miguel
    This is my first comment to you (late better than never), but I've been following your writings with a big pleasure. Your writings are very interesting, informative and witty.I had another trip through history, traditions, culture, religions... to your marvellous country.
    I had a chance to come your country last year.I admired it and visited Puno,(floating islands)white city, Arequipa (Colca..),Cusco and Machu Picchu..I have many nice memories as to your country. What a pitty I haven't been in Lima, maybe another time..Before coming overthere, I 've read some books about Peru. I had some information but have learnt many things through your writings. It is so special looking at the country through natives..

    By the way...I have found the film "Tune in Tomorrow" based on Mario Varga's book. I will watch it in a short time. My friend said that all books of Mario Varga has been translating into Turkish.

    Thank you very much. I am looking forward to your writings.

    All the best.
    Guzin from Turkiye :)))

  • Comment number 31.

    dear Nadliv,

    The last paragraph of my previous post belongs to Samuel Taylor Coleridge, not my words but I totally agree with him. I think his sentences give a wonderful description of love without saying 'love'.

    I did not quote these sentences directly from Samuel Taylor's book, quoted it from Orhan Pamuk's book, Innocence Museum, which describes these sentences wonderfully throughout the book. He did quoted Samuel Taylor's sentences in the beginning of his book. So, I quoted a quotation.

    Best wishes

    Ali OZTURK
    Turkey

  • Comment number 32.

    Hi guys!!

    Thank you for you words, I am writing my next post about a magic place. I hope you like it.

    Best regards

    Miguel



  • Comment number 33.

    Hi Miguel,

    I love reading your story. Your style is fascinating.
    I'm looking forward to reading your next post about 'a magic place', (whether what will be it? :)) but the two last places that you showed us were very interesting.
    The cemetery is topical in these days, because in two weeks it will be the All Saint's Day, when we're going to cemetery to remember our deads and we're lighting a candle for them.
    And the Love Park .... :), I've never heard about it yet. It's super. Unfortunatelly we don't have any Love Park or just I haven't heard about it :). It's grand and I like the kiss of giants ;).

    All the best,
    Ditta, Hungary, Budapest

  • Comment number 34.

    GOOD JOb Miguel !

  • Comment number 35.

    hi Mıguel,
    where have you been? we are waiting for your magıc next post

    :) :)

  • Comment number 36.

    Hi Miguel!

    I'm Cess Aguirre from Mexico
    just want to say I love your work, it's wonderful.
    I thought I never would want to know Peru, but now I know it's a lovely place
    I would love to know this Love Park
    thanks for making me dream


  • Comment number 37.

    Hello Miguel

    How is it going? I'm really impressed about the way you write. I like it. I liked how you describe this pretty and romantic place. Tonight I don't have enough words to comment something.
    About your previous post I tell you that I've read something about Vargas Llosa (by the way, congratulations). I think I have the book La guerra del fin del mundo but I haven't had time to read it completely. Well the book belongs to my brother but I borrowed it from him.
    I'd like you to talk us about the Inca empire and their characters.

    Greetings from Mexico

  • Comment number 38.

    Thank you so much Abraham, CEss, Pary, Dita!

    I'll write something about INCAS, I've noticed people it's really interesting on that topic

    See you soon

 

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