Medellin skyline
Medellin skyline

The city at dusk: lights reach up the steep hillsides as a Metro train streaks by in the center

The Death of Pablo Escobar
The Death of Pablo Escobar

Fernando Botero's depiction of the rooftop shoot-out which killed the feared narco lord in 1993.

Medellín's excellent Metro System
Medellín's excellent Metro System

World famous and award winning; even though the trains are older now, they are immaculate and well maintained. They look new.

Botero's Bird of Peace
Botero's Bird of Peace

This juxtaposition is still the most compelling image to symbolize the transformation of Colombia (and Medellín) from lawless violence to a safe, progressive country. When the original sculpture was damaged in a bomb blast, sculptor Fernando Botero donated a replacement but insisted that both be kept.

Downtown Medellín
Downtown Medellín

Looking from the Antioquia Museum across Plaza Botero with its many sculptures. Two iconic buildings - the domed Cultural Palace and the tallest Coltejer skyscraper shaped like a needle representing the important textile industry.

Plaza Botero
Plaza Botero

One of Fernando Botero's many public sculptures; behind it is the Palace of Culture.

Concrete sculpture by Rodrigo Arenas Betancur - one of many of his works that grace the city

Wonderful William Zuluaga
Wonderful William Zuluaga

William, our guide and newly made friend, is a good exemplar of a fiercely proud, passionate and exceptionally friendly Paisa (one born in Medellin)

Attitude of hope
Attitude of hope

“This youth wakes up everyday with a dream of being someone in a great city”

MetroCable
MetroCable

Cable car connecting the Santo Domingo barrio to the rest of the city. It is part of public transit.

MetroCable public transit
MetroCable public transit

In the Santo Domingo barrio; the famous España Library is the black structure, middle rear

Santo Domingo Barrio
Santo Domingo Barrio

A community garden sprouts where once a landfill, garbage dump, and slums once stood

Comuna 13
Comuna 13

As depressed and geographically difficult as the Santo Domingo Barrio

Comuna 13
Comuna 13

Community investment took the form of a public urban escalator

Comuna 13 escalator
Comuna 13 escalator
Comuna 13 escalator
Comuna 13 escalator

What was an arduous 2 hour walk up to their houses now takes an easy 10 minutes.

Comuna 13
Comuna 13
Comuna 13
Comuna 13
Botanical Garden
Botanical Garden

Spectacular orchid show and competition as part of the Flower Festival festivities

Botanical Garden
Botanical Garden

Dramatic wooden architecture of the display pavillion

Giant flower sculpture
Giant flower sculpture

At least 7 of them on public display at a major plaza

Santa Fe Shopping Mall
Santa Fe Shopping Mall

A carpet of flowers beneath a retractable ceiling during the Flower Festival

Santa Elena
Santa Elena

A member of the Londoño family constructing a silleta about child labor. The completed artwork is shown in a following photo

Finished silleta
Finished silleta

2014 award-winning entry by the Londoño family

El Peñol
El Peñol

National Monument

El Peñol
El Peñol

We walked the 649 steps stitched into a natural crevice

El Peñol
El Peñol

View of the islands and man-made lake from the top

Guatape
Guatape
Guatape
Guatape
Guatape
Guatape
Guatape City Hall
Guatape City Hall
Bandeja Paisa
Bandeja Paisa

Hearty heavy meal that is the unofficial national dish

Silletero Parade
Silletero Parade

We had a lot of fun with these four Paisa women who we sat next to at the Parade

Silletero Parade
Silletero Parade

Caribbean float, band, and dancers. Note the crowds lining the Pedestrian Bridge over San Juan Ave.

Silletero Parade
Silletero Parade

The ciy's proud sanitation engineers

Silletero Parade
Silletero Parade

The excitement on a boy's face shows when he was plucked from the stands to ride with this military man on his horse!

2013 Silletero Parade
2013 Silletero Parade

This internet photo gives you an idea of the crowded parade route from above with the exciting silleteros. We bought tickets to be able to sit in stands like you see on the left.

Silletero Parade
Silletero Parade

Silleteros finally began appearing in front of us at about 3 pm.

Silletero Parade
Silletero Parade

Silletero in traditional dress stops to show off his silleta to the crowds

Silletero Parade
Silletero Parade

Silletas sporting company logos

Silletero Parade
Silletero Parade
Silletero Parade
Silletero Parade

Silletero in traditional dress carrying the 100+ pound flower arrangement

Silletero Parade
Silletero Parade

Young silletero

Silletero Parade
Silletero Parade

Young silletero responding to the crowd's cheers

Silletero Parade
Silletero Parade
Silletero Parade
Silletero Parade

Silleta pays homage to Gabriel Garcia Marquez, beloved Colombian author, who was known for his magical realism

Silletero Parade
Silletero Parade

Flower display proclaiming "No More Violence for Colombia"