Captivating Cartagena

When I first set eyes on Cartagena the vibrant colourful buildings and hot tropical air first captured my senses. This was one of the most beautiful places I had ever visited and I was instantly smitten. Walking around Cartagena and its historic streets is a must for any visitor to Colombia. The old houses with…

Meeting the Locals in Medellin

Santiago is 17 years old and taking me on a tour of his neighbourhood in Medellin. St Javier or Comuna 13 was once the most dangerous district in Medellin where violence was the norm and no tourist in their right mind would visit. 10 per cent of all murders took place here and the area…

Zen in Medellin

I had always imagined Medellin to be a dangerous city on the edge but first impressions changed all that. Right in the city centre is Barefoot Park- a public space for people to de-stress. How could I resist an hour exploring and how would this change my perception of Medellin? Built 14 years ago by…

On the Road to Santa Fe De Antioquia

I rose at dawn in Santa Fe de Antioquia, restless from the heat but enchanted by the beauty of this town. As I crept through the streets taking pictures of colourful houses immaculately painted, a few locals sat nonchalantly in the park under the shade of a tamarind tree. A tuk tuk stood on a…

Coffee Picking in Colombia

“There is only one way to ride these jeeps,” said my guide,” and that’s standing up!” How could I resist an offer like that- and so the journey to the coffee plantation commenced. It was a misty morning as I left Salento in the centre of Colombia’s coffee producing region. The jeep raced up and…

An Explosive Evening in Salento

  There are two things that strike a newcomer to Salento in Colombia’s Armenian coffee growing district. The brightly coloured buildings resplendent with their contrasting shaded balconies and shutters give the town an air of fun. The second noticeable thing is the steepness of the streets as Salento was built on hills. The third thing…

A Taste of Colombia

One of the best things about travelling to another country is the chance to taste the food and experience a whole new cuisine. Colombian food is superb and there are some great opportunities to try street food in particular. It was an early start to get to Paloquemau Market but even at 8am the market…

The Beauty of Botero

I’m not an expert on art but am always open to learning more. Before visiting Colombia I had never heard of Botero. Having just eaten a typical Colombian portion of lunch I needed to walk off the calories so heading to the Botero Museum seemed like a good idea. Botero donated the works of art…

Gold and Grafitti

Bogota felt like an immense treasure trove of history and culture just waiting to be explored. After all this is the land of El Dorado.The Gold Museum is perhaps one of the city’s most famous attractions. With over 34,000 pieces of history relating to gold in Colombia this is one of the world’s greatest museums…

A Journey like No Other

I haven’t written on this blog for several weeks. The truth is, life changed in an instant through the spring and summer. When i wrote my list of things to do this year one was to spend more time with family. How true that turned out to be. Mum became really ill this year. Some…

Walking the Causeway at St Michael’s Mount

Snaking across the sands at Marazion the causeway to St Michael’s Mount only reveals itself at low tide. As a child I was captivated by the castle in the sea in Mounts Bay. Overlooking the town of Marazion and dominating Mount’s Bay St Michael’s Mount looks like a fairytale castle in the sea. I used…