Bogota, Capital of Columbia
Trip Start Jan 08, 2008
16Trip End Jun 11, 2008
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A friend's house
I flew from Santiago to Bogota with American Airlines Business class - not a patch on Lan Chile - for one thing the seats did not recline and there were no footrests. However, in their defense, the food was quite good. I had the most wonderful fruit platter for breakfast - my plane left at 8.30 am and arrived in Bogota 6 hours later.
My friend Luisa was at the airport to meet me and took me back to her house. They live in downtown Bogota in a lovely family house. She is a really kind person and all the family made me very welcome. I did not do anything that evening - just chatted with the family.
The next day we went to the Salt Cathedral, which is most unusual
On the following day Louisa took me into Bogota central and we visited the Gold Museum, lots of galleries and churches - again, very ornate. We went up the funicular and came down in a gondola to the church of Our Lady of Monserrat - the views of Bogota were magnificent. Afterwards, we visited the home of Simon Bolivar, who was a famous conquistador in Columbia. We got home at 6 pm - pretty tired after a long day sightseeing.
On Sunday the whole family were taken to a wonderful place way out in the country. Ivan - Louisa's husband did all the driving. We went to a lake high up in the mountains and did a 4 km trek to the top where we saw a beautiful lake and great scenery.
Having collected a hire car, which was 3 levels higher than I had booked, I drove to Sarasota in three and a half hours. It was an easy journey on I75 all the way. That night I stayed with my really great friends, Judy and Rob.
At last I have uploaded my photos so I will now close this chapter of my travels. Hope you enjoyed it and I look forward to completing this trip in May and June. Bye for now and thanks for reading this blog.