Monday, March 30, 2015
A lot of Cartagena's Old Town is picturesquely decayed - or at least in need of a new coat of paint. But I guess that would make it less picturesque.
A baby pigeon that had fallen from its nest in the eaves about a doorway
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Sunday, March 29, 2015
Saturday, March 28, 2015
Friday, March 27, 2015
Our base in Cartagena was the Hotel Sofitel Santa Clara, a former convent. It was full of beautiful vistas and details.
A conference of leading Latin American authors had been held here recently,
so the walls were full of large, elegant portrait photos
Thursday, March 26, 2015
From the mountains of Medellin we descended several thousand feet to Cartagena at sea level. We took an orienting walk to the sea walls that once defended the city from invading pirates. Things are rather more peaceful now.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Monday, March 23, 2015
El Peñon de Guatapé is a gigantic volcanic plug on the edge of an artificial lake formed by a hydroelectric dam to provide power for the area. It can be climbed to the top on about 700 steps carved into cracks in the rock. There are separate up and down steps.
A small portion of the downward staircase
View of the lake from the top
Ruins of an estate of the drug lord Pablo Escobar, bombed by his enemies,
on an island in the lake
Sunday, March 22, 2015
Saturday, March 21, 2015
Medellin has an excellent public transportation system, integrating light rail and funicular. The latter serves the poor communities that live on the steep hillsides, making it possible for the residents to get to and from work in the center. Looking down from a gondola, one sees the color and vivid graphics that characterize many Latin American neighborhoods.