After mini-mooning in Turkey this bride-now-been headed home to start married life in Santiago.

Gabriel O'Rorke

BRIDE-TO-BE BLOG: MINI-MOON IN TURKEY

The grind of work, schedules and normality lasted a grand total of eight days before our suitcase were re-packed and we returned to the airport. This time for a longer honeymoon - aka maxi-moon - in Peru.

Our first stop was the new boutique Hotel B in Lima. Things got off to a good start as we swilled back welcome champagne and excavated the free mini-bar.

A Belle Epoque-style townhouse dating back to 1914, Hotel B doubles as an art gallery with wonderful pieces including a series of photographs of Andy Warhol surrounded by Peruvian corn.

BRIDE-TO-BE BLOG: THE BIG DAY

The next morning we hopped in a taxi and drove along the coast to Mistura, South America's largest food festival, which, as fate would have it, happened to coincide with our visit.

The Peruvian foodie craze has finally made its way across the Atlantic, with restaurants Lima and Ceviche leading the London scene. Whereas, for some time, Peruvian chefs have been viewed as culinary gold dust in South America.

Needless to say, eating our way around the world's second largest food festival was no hardship. Of course, there were some areas from which we kept a respectful distance - think guinea pig and barbecued offal.

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Whilst other sections were more Mr than Mrs - i.e. lines of barbecued pork cooked on metal frames over red-hot embers that resembled a scene from Armageddon.

Meanwhile, the food market (which happened to be where the taster samples were) as well as the coffee and chocolate tents were meticulously explored by us both.

The weekend passed in a happy blur, and we soon found ourselves flying inland to the Peruvian Amazon.

From the misty capital, we emerged into the junglous humidity and boarded our hotel transfer: a motor-powered canoe which transported us up the river to Inkaterra Hacienda Concepcion.

Details to follow in the next blog…

12 MONTH PLANNER: WHAT TO DO WHEN

Trips to Hotel B (http://hotelb.pe) and Inkaterra (www.inkaterra.com) can be arranged with Rainbow Tours (www.rainbowtours.co.uk / 020 7666 1260). Lima's Mistura Food Festival (http://mistura.pe) takes place annually in September.