Kapoors Year 12B: Mexico and Colombia travel blog

On Our Last Day In Bogota, A Sunday, We Ventured Out To...

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There Were Dozens Of Vendors Ready To Sell Bags Of Corn To...

This Little Girl Was Nervous, But Eventually Let The Birds Eat Out...

Mass Was Underway At The Cathedral, We Stepped Inside And Noticed That...

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We Admired The Handicrafts And Jewellery, But I Admired This Young Man's...

At The 'Friend's Lane' We Stopped In At The Museo Botero To...

After A Lively Visit Through Botero's Sculpture And Paintings We Had Lunch...

It Was A Very Steep Uphill Climb, And I Stopped To Take...

Once We'd Climbed High Above Plaza Bolivar, We Turned And Traversed Across...

Could That Be Damaged From A Long-Ago Bullet, What Other Reason Would...

I Admired The Old Stone Walls, And The Wooden Balconies, They Give...

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As We Turned To Begin Our Descent, I Took A Photo Of...

Here's The View In The Other Direction, Looking Down Towards The Plaza...

This Street Was Especially Steep, I Was Glad That We Were Going...

I Looked Ahead And Saw A Lone Figure Making Her Way Uphill,...

I Suspect These Large Blocks Were Laid So That A Wheeled Cart...

Near The Bottom I Noticed The Street Began To Be Almost Level,...

Before We Turned, I Used My Rudimentary Spanish To Decipher A Stone...

The Word 'Silencio' I Thought It Might Be A Convent For Cloistered...

At The Opposite End Of The Street I Spotted The Tower Of...

The Red And White Stripes Reminded Us Very Much Of An Old...

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We Were Making Our Way To Watch The Changing Of The Guards...

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But It Was All Over When We Arrived, Apparently It's Been Changed...

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Before Leaving, I Spotted This Whimsical Figure Atop The Neighbouring Library

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The Street Led Us Back To Admire 'The Palacio De Justicia', The...

It Stands Along The Southern Side Of Plaza Bolivar, We'd Done A...

Simon Bolivar Played A Role In The Liberation Of Several South American...

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Speaking Of Disrespect, This Little Girl Was Giving Her Mother Some Major...

I Turned My Attention To This Group Of Women, Some Were Wearing...

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The Sunday Market Was Still In Full Swing, But We Were Tired,...


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BACKGROUND

Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – Colombia chapter Cartagena has to say about Candelaria:

“Blissfully alive and chock-full of key things to see, La Candelaria is Bogotá’s colonial barrio, with a mix of carefully restored 300-year-old houses, some rather dilapidated ones, and still more marking more modern eras.

The usual place to start discovering Bogotá is Plaza de Bolívar, marked by a bronze statue of Simón Bolívar. It was the first public monument in the city.

The square has changed considerably over the centuries and is no longer lined by colonial buildings; only the Capilla del Sagrario dates from the Spanish era. Other buildings are more recent and flaunt different architectural styles.

Some of La Candelaria’s most popular sights, are within a couple of blocks east of the plaza. The slightly confusing web of museums run by the Banco de la República, including Museo Botero, Casa de Moneda, Colección de Arte and Museo de Arte del Banco de la República, are essentially one massive and labyrinthine inter-connected museum complex and form what is easily one of Bogotá’s top attractions.

Museo Botero

The highlight of Banco de la República’s massive museum complex is several halls spread over two floors dedicated to all things chubby: hands, oranges, women, mustached men, children, birds, Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) leaders. All of these are, of course, the robust paintings and sculptures of Colombia’s most famous artist, Fernando Botero (Botero himself donated these works).

The collection also includes several works by Picasso, Chagall, Renoir, Monet, Pissarro and Miró, and some hilarious sculptures by Dalí and Max Ernst.

KAPOORS ON THE ROAD

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