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Jan 27, 2019 - Sunday Afternoon at the San Antonio town square Park

In San Antonio and most other places in Colombia, Thursday - Sunday is when everyone visits the town Plaza Park. Venders put up kiosks for food, drinks, clothing, potted plants and souvenirs. It seems everyone from infants in strollers to elders helped along by family members is there to socialize and shop the kiosks. I stood and watched a man with many customers around his kiosk making what looked like cheese on a grill. I decided to try one and when he motioned to a container with white sauce I thought it would be something like spicy...

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Jan 26, 2019 - Tutucan Park in San Antonio Antioquia, Colombia

This beautiful Saturday morning drew us outdoors and on a one mile walk to the Park on the other side of the San Antonio Square. A huge public park across rolling hills and valleys with plenty of play areas for children including bumper cars, a Ferris Wheel, and a carousel. At the far end was a lake with boats for rent and even a small train encircling the park. We wandered to the top of a hill to see the colonial plaza with buildings, restaurants, and a church. There was an outdoor stage with actors portraying something from colonial...

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Jan 22, 2019 - A Day Trip to Santa Fe, Colombia

From our lovely Posada San Sebastián in San Jeronimo we decided to visit the colonial town of Santa Fe for the day. The owner of the hotel was nice enough to drive us there and arranged for a taxi to deliver us back in the afternoon. Sante Fe was founded in 1541 when Colombia was a colony of Spain. It’s main wealth then was from gold mining, now agriculture and tourism. Known for its colonial buildings, cobbled lanes and tamarind candies, the whole city is a national monument. Even though it was a hot, steamy day, we enjoyed our sightseeing...

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Jan 21, 2019 - An Excursion to Medellin and San Jeronimo, Colombia

Saturday we took a bus from San Antonio into Medellin, about an hour ride over curvy roads hanging on the edge of the Andes. We are to spend a night at Mary’s preferred Medellin Hotel the Hotel Laureles. I did the booking because I get a Booking.com discount and because non citizens don’t have to pay the 19% COP tax. But I made a mistake bringing the laminated copy of my passport and not the real passport. They needed the passport stamp I got on entry. However they were trusting enough to ask me to email a picture of it to them later. I...

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Jan 12, 2019 - San Antonio de Pereira Antioquia, Colombia

The best type of traveling can be about visiting friends. So now I’m in San Antonio Antioquia, Colombia for a return visit with my friend Mary who decided about 4 years ago to move here from the US. She has a lovely home in the small ‘plaza’ town of San Antonio and is making a very relaxed retired life here. And I am amazed at how inexpensive it is to live here. Every morning after coffee I try to take a walk in the nearby park. Later in the afternoon we walk to the plaza where we get the “Especial de dia”. daily lunch special. It consists...

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Mar 1, 2018 - Medellin

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – Colombia chapter Medellín and Zona Cafetera has to say about Medellín: “Medellín packs the punch of a city twice its size. Situated in a narrow valley, the city’s skyline reaches for the heavens, setting high-rise apartment and office buildings against a backdrop of jagged peaks in every direction. Its pleasant climate gives the city its nickname – the City of Eternal Spring – and the moderate temperatures put a spring in the locals’ steps, at work and at play. It’s a bustling...

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Jul 31, 2017 - Guatape

The weather was all over the board today - cloudy, overcast, we drove through fog as we climbed in altitude, and beautiful clear skies at the lake. The breakfast buffet was nice at this hotel. They had good scrambled eggs with ham, an omelet station, tangerine juice, plus all of the regular cheeses, meats, cereal, pastries, etc. The breakfast area was a covered open air restaurant. On the bus at 8:00, our local guide, Julian, talked about his life in relation to what was happening in Medellin. He talked about the unrest, FARC, religion,...

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Jul 30, 2017 - Medellin

Weather was cloudy, but no rain. We did breakfast at 6:00 today. Bags out at 6:30 and on bus at 7:00 for our ride to the airport for our flight to Medellin. Diego arranged for a group checkin, all we had to do was wait for him to return our passport with our boarding pass. We had a 9:01 flight today. We arrived in Medellin about 10:00. Diego made sure our luggage was gathered and taken to the bus. We met Julian, who was to be our local guide for Medellin. (The "ll" usually is pronounced as a "y" sound, but when Diego & Julian pronounced...

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Jan 13, 2017 - Colombia – Medellin

Ahhhhh a sleep in day. Nice to have those every now and then. We had nothing pressing so we had a leisurely breakfast and then walked to the Poblado Metro Station. Medellin has been very progressive with their Metro, adding an extremely modern train from the south to the north of the city (over 31km), and 4 or 5 cable car routes up the various hillside barrios, or cumunas. We purchased 2 tickets each and as long a short we didn’t leave the ‘fare paid’ area, we could ‘ride the rails’ all day. We took the train from Poblado to the last...

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Jan 11, 2017 - Colombia – Medellin

Ahhh Medellin, the ‘City of Eternal Spring’, what a lovely city. The majority of people live in apartments or condominiums from the valley right up to the peaks surrounding the city. It is very dramatic and beautiful. The material of choice is brick, so tall red/brown structures are backed against the lush green hills. And it seems this ‘dry season’ is unusual as we have been getting rain and thunderstorms each day, so lush it will stay! Our first 2 days here we took the local TuriBus, similar to a Hop-On, Hop-Off, however at each stop they...

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Jan 10, 2017 - Colombia – Marsella to Medellin

Adios Marsella, Hola Medellin! We are up early, packed and ready to go by 7:00am, and then we look outside…..it’s pouring, and we have about 10-15 minutes to walk to the bus terminal. Thankfully, like most tropical storms, it is over in a few minutes and we head out. We catch the 7:30am cooperativo and squeeze into seats with our backpacks – why do the seem to expand as the trip goes on? Traffic was a little heavier, finally it is a work day, however we still managed to be at the Pereira bus terminal by 9:00am, an hour early. Time went by...

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May 1, 2016 - San Antonio Antioquia, Colombia

Yesterday Mary and I flew from HOT Santa Marta to Medellin airport and then a drive to mild temperature San Antonio., about 6500 feet above sea level. It is a very welcome relief from the hot temperatures of Santa Marta and Cartagena. Mary is a US expat living here for several years and has established a beautiful home where I'll spend a few nights before returning home. Today we walked the few blocks to the main plaza part of San Antonio. We enjoyed browsing the stalls, sampling a few desserts and later an early dinner at one of Mary's...

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