Follow by Email

Monday, June 30, 2014

MEDELLIN MAGIC -- EXPLORING COLOMBIA'S REMOTE METROPOLIS 6



MEDELLIN: MUCH MORE THAN EL POBLADO



Far too many visitors from the United States stay, eat, shop and play in El Poblado and never leave.

Certainly, the area is beautiful and features most of the city's 4-star hotels as well as its highly-rated restaurants and malls.

El Poblado is pretty, but it no more gives a realistic picture of Medellin than Beverly Hills does of diverse and fascinating Los Angeles County in the states.

Stroll downtown's San Diego district (indeed, it is safer before sundown.)

Marvel at old mansions in El Prado.

Set up camp in La Laureles, a middle class neighborhood near universities and the city's soccer stadium.

Dance, drink and dine on street food along the enchanting street fair that is La Setenta.



Monday, June 16, 2014

MEDELLIN MAGIC -- EXPLORING COLOMBIA'S REMOTE METROPOLIS 5


MEDELLIN: MUSEO DE ARTE MODERNO, IN CIUDAD DEL RIO



The accessible and dynamic Museo de Arte Moderno displays an impressive collectino in its magnificent adaptive reuse building in the rapidly developing Ciudad del Rio section of town.

The contemporary museum has a nice selection by the late Cleveland, Ohio native Ethel Gilmour.

Gilmour spent most of her adult life roaming around Colombia and capturing everything from folk life to political tensions on her canvas.

Bonaur, one of Medellin's most progressive restaurants -- specializing in everything from new takes on traditional cuisine to a funky blend of American Low Country/New Orleans cooking -- is connected to the museum.

A pending museum expansion. plus urban infill housing, office and other mixed use development is taking place in the increasingly fashionable Ciudad del Rio district.

Monday, June 2, 2014

MEDELLIN MAGIC -- EXPLORING COLOMBIA'S REMOTE METROPOLIS 4


MEDELLIN: A VIEW FROM CERRO NUTIBARA


Visit Cerro Nutibara at sunset and marveL at the varied centers of commerce and housing that fill the basin and creep up the hillsides in every direction.

At night, the million lights from basin to near mountaintop create an urban image as exhilarating as any urban setting in South America.