Magical Medellin, New Year Frolicking, Visiting Middle Earth
26.12.2011 - 04.01.2012 32 °C
We finished our holidays in Colombia, first with a metro cable ride and then a tour of the botanical gardens in Medellin:
Then we traveled by bus over over mountain roads to a small town outside of Cartagena called Manzanillo de Mar:
Not pictured, blaring reggaeton 24 hours a day!
We spent New Year's Eve in Cartagena. We had dinner at our favorite Italian restaurant, I Balconi, then strolled the streets, looking at the lights and following the crowds.
Check out our fireworks here!
This guy didn't manage to stay awake for the sunrise:
But we did!
Next, we caught a flight from Cartagena to Lima via Panama, and arrived, mysteriously, in Middle Earth:
What else to do but check out Museo de la Nacion...
And the astounding private collection at Museo Larco...literally thousands of pieces in storage, yet open to the public.
And a simply incredible public collection of pre-Colombian pottery, fabric, jewelry, and statues.
And one ring to bind them!
These are the ruins in the neighborhood of Miraflores, two minutes from where we are staying at Rivendell:
This city, this entire country, is one amazing layer of history and culture after another. Where will we go next? Only this guy knows: