|Take off of flight 2: Charlotte to Miami|
First stop: Santa Marta
Santa Marta: Day 1
Located on the coast, Santa Marta is the second oldest city in South America.
Many of the wedding participants stayed downtown.
|Looking north, from hotel, to the Caribbean Sea.|
The downtown is a pleasant place to walk.
|Murals are everywhere|
|A stop for lunch|
|Guests around the pool|
In the evening we went to a magnificent house, overlooking the water, for the wedding party dinner.
|Wedding party dinner participants arrive to a setting sun|
|Family sang in Spanish, English and Italian|
|Sun says goodbye for the day|
|Mother of bride, flanked by usual suspects|
|From left: relative of bride, bride, father of bride|
|Father of bride, flanked by usual suspects|
We were back to our rooms at a civilized hour, conserving social energy for tomorrow's wedding.
Santa Marta: Day 2
Today we walked to the Museo del Oro Tairona. The ground floor has artifacts made of metal and stone.
|Cayman Man performing dance in annual parade.|
|Looking out from second floor of the museum.|
Pleasant murals greeted us, as well as plazas, including the one around the cathedral.
Cathedral Basilica of Santa Marta
|Hotels along waterfront|
Guests were requested to turn off their phones during the ceremony. So I have no photos of the actual wedding, but took some shortly thereafter, and at the marathon known as the reception.
The wedding took place on the Santa Marta Marina:
|View from the wedding|
|Violin music before ceremony|
|Sunset at the marina|
|Entering the reception|
|Bride and father|
|Active dance floor|
|Lead singer in band|
|Beaming mom and stepdad|
|Bride and groom dancing|
|Wearing masks and dancing|
Monday's Santa Marta newspaper had several photos from the wedding. Thanks for the bride's father for catching this.
|Bride and groom|
|Bride and groom, flanked by parents and step-parents|
Santa Marta: Day 3
The temperature hit 90 today, so being outside was a bit of a shock, after experiencing the low teens several days ago.
Brunch by the Water
|The smart people were in the water|
Quinta de San Pedro de Alejandrino
The death place of Simon Bolivar, liberator of several Spanish colonies. There were several paintings and sculptures of Bolivar. There were also several art galleries with interesting works.
|Ser eterno es haber sido, Adriana Mendéz de Bustillo, Oil on Canvas|
|Toro de Luz, Alex Sanchez (Aleph) El Salvador, 1959; Acrylic/cloth 1994|
|Respira Rafael, Respira, Pablo Buelvas, Photograph, 2016|
|[Failed to get the details]|
On the grounds there were plants and creatures.
Day of the Iguana (apologies to Tennessee Williams)
|We hoped that this creature, and his three friends, were not hungry.|
In the evening several of us walked into the heart of Santa Marta for some street food.
In Transit to Villa de Leyva: Day 4
A long day of travel, broken up by a visit to the Salt Cathedral in Zipaquira.
|Pond Scum on the rocks|
|Fried plantain; avocado on steroids with mushrooms, corn and sauce; fries.|
Villa de Leyva: Day 5
In the morning our group of 17 tourists from the US visited three sites just outside of town: Convento Ecce Homo and Museo el Fósil.
Then it was time for lunch.
In the afternoon we walked around town.
|Entrance to Convento Ecce Homo|
|Interior Courtyard of Convento Ecce Homo|
|Carved stone, used in fertility rites|
|More pond scum|
|Iglesia del Carmen, near town square|
|After the day of tourism was over, several of us retired to a colorful wine bar.|
Bogota: Day 6
A 180 km bus ride took us to the capital city of Bogota. It is very modern, often feeling like Europe or the west coast of the US. With modernity comes traffic, which it does not lack. There are many buses, some on their own separated lanes.
|Huawei has found a place where it obviously gets some R-E-S-P-E-C-T|
|Meals on wheels, and electric scooter, in bike lane.|
|[No caption needed]|
|Oceans free from fracking|
After getting settled, we rode a bus to the base of the funicular that would take us up to the summit, overlooking the city, of Monserrat.
|Base of funicular|
|We were warned to be on the alert for questionable characters.|
|Looking down at the heart of the city.|
|Flower on tree|
|Our Lady of Guadalupe|
|A darker shade of Jesus|
Bogota: Day 7
Today we walked around the old part of Bogota. We saw murals, interesting buildings, two museums: the Gold Museum and the Botero Museum and Bolivar Square,
Fernando Botero (born 1932 in Medellin) is a Columbian artist.
We traveled to Medellin (which I thought was pronounced meddy yeen, but is in fact pronounced meddy zheen), had lunch and set out to explore.
|Palacio De La Cultura|
Cable Car Ride
The Medellin Metrocable is part of the city's transport system. It is mainly used by commuters, though lots of tourist known about it. It is just over 2 km in length. We caught it during evening rush hour, staying on, at the turnaround, to return to our starting point.
|Buses at cable car station|
|View from the platform|
|The sun set, during the ride, and the city's lights came on|
El Peñol & Guatapé: Day 9
The two villages, very near each other, have the Piedra el Peñol located between them. We also took a boat ride on the El Peñol Reservoir.
The exterior form of the church is intended to mimick the nearby rock.
La Piedra del Peñol
The rock is a popular pilgrimage. The determined can climb its 712 steps.
|Staircase to heaven (or ...)|
|Half way up. Time to pray for those knees.|
|Group's fearless organizer, blogger|
|The view from on top|
A colorful village.
Embalse del Peñol
A short boat ride on the reservoir.
|Glass boat house|
|A Pablo Escobar house|
|A Pablo Escobar house|
|A Pablo Escobar house|
|Rock we have known and loved|
|Lawless pirates on the high seas|
Santa Elena: Day 10
That's all, folks.