A day of tourist stuff

Trip Start Jul 05, 2005
Trip End ??? ??, 2006

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Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Yesterday, the weather was beautiful and so I decided to go rollerblading along Carrera 7 which closes up from 7 am to 2 pm every Sunday and holidays. I hadn't roller bladed in years and I felt it this morning. After blading, I decided to try to see the Museo de Oro (Gold Museum), so I jumped in a cab and headed to the center of town. I arrived at the museum at about 1 pm and there was a line around the corner and down the block. Apparently, every Sunday the museum has free admission to all. So, I decided to bad it and walk around down town. There was a street festival going on (seems to happen often), so I walked around and eventually found Plaza Simon Bolivar. The Plaza has a Capilla de Sagrario, a church(shocking, I know), Capitolio Nacional (Congress), City hall equivalent and the Palacio de Justicia (Supreme Court). The plaza was full of people and pigeons. Kind of reminded me of San Marco in Venice. After taking a few pictures, I headed towards Casa Narino (the white house) and convinced a military guy to let me take a picture of Casa Narino. Apparently, it's prohibited to take a picture of the front of Casa Narino. Another guy, a guard, let me take his picture as well.

Then, I found a cobblestone street with a great view of a stripped church, kind of like the one in Sienna, Italy, though I can't remember its name right now. Took many more photos and then off to Cerro de Monserrate I went. Monserrate is a peak located in the mountain range overlooking the city. There are three ways to get up this 3160 meter peak -- teleferico(cable car), which was broken, funicular railway (the option I chose) or walk (I was way too tired by then). The ride up was pretty cool, but i kept wondering what or how I would save myself if the funicular malfunctioned. The track was really, really steep. Luckily, I didn't' have to find out. Once I got to the top, there was still some climbing to do. The path that leads to the top is surrounded by various stations of the cross. I can't name them, so please don't ask. :-) The round trip up was about $US 3.50. After checking out the view, I decided to stop at one of the restaurants, Santa Clara and have an aromatica (aromatic water) which I've become very fond of. Then, back down the funicular I went. Someone passed gas on the way down (no not me!) and it was brutal. Eventually, I made it to the bottom and then I jumped in a cab and headed home.

I'm glad I did some touristy stuff so that when you all come visit, I can tell you where to go!!!

Miss ya!


PS Freddie and his family are fine. He's not back in Baton Rouge yet and his older brother and father are still in New Orleans, but everyone is okay. Haven't been able to get in touch with Masini, but I am hopeful that Morales will let us know!!!
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lgrohmann on

Is it me?
Or is AV rubbing it in on what a great time she is having?

alexinreston on

Slow week?
Humm.. no new entries...from Aug 29 to Sept 8th. I think we are getting jipp'd

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