by Thomas Buechler - 2 years, 5 months ago
Medellin has successfully left behind its rather unhealthy reputation as a drug and crime El Dorado, and is now a prosperous and booming city, with a pleasant climate, warm during the day, and cool in the evening. Fernando Botero is probably Medellins’s most famous son, he was born here in 1932 and has become Colombia’s most distinguished artist. 23 heavy bronze sculptures can be admired in the heart of the city, at Plaza Botero, right across the Nutibara hotel. The third floor of the nearby Museo de Antioquia (that is the name of the province to which Medellin belongs to) is also reserved for the artwork that Botero donated to this museum. One of the paintings illustrates the death of Pablo Escobar, showing him with a revolver and bullets flying in the air, having his last dance on the rooftops of Medellin. I found Parque de Bolivar with its colorful market very attractive. Right behind is the Cathedral Metropolitana, supposedly the third largest brick stone building in the world. Comes nighttime, there is no better place to choose than Parque Lleros in El Poblado. Many restaurants (Mexico, Thailand, Peru food) to choose from. Last but not least one advise: stay within walking distance to a Metro station, so that your transportation around the city will be cheaper, less than a dollar for a ride!