|A stray dog sleeps VERY contentedly guarded by three soldiers in Candelaria.|
So I decided to organize my own walking tour of Candelaria. And since it was Tuesday (martes) and not Monday (lunes), more should have been open. So I toured a few churches that were open, El Museo Arqueológico, and the Museo Militar. What do you want to see first? Iglesias? O museos?
|Iglesia de La Candelaria|
|View from the back of the church|
|Ceiling of Iglesia de la Candelaria|
|Off to the right when you enter|
|Templo de San Agustin|
|Interior views of Templo de San Agustin|
|View from across Calle Siete|
|Casa de Nariño|
|Entrance gate to Casa de Nariño|
|Soldiers guarding the southern perimeter of Casa de Nariño along Carrera Siete|
|Troop transport across the street from Casa de Nariño|
|Dog squeezing through a fence|
|Casa del Marqués de San Jorge|
He looks like he is having quite a good time now, doesn't he? But some of the pieces bordered on teh creepy:
Why do pots need faces on them? Although this one just looks like he needs a little love:
And, finally, this one looks like one of those possessed dolls that you would see in the 1970s in those "made-for-TV" horror movies, which usually starred Karen Black:
But the highlight of the day was the Museo Militar:
|Soldiers guard the Museo Militar|
Interestingly, you did not have to pay to enter, but you did have to show I.D. First time in Colombia outside the airport or my hotel I have been asked to show identification. My passport was safely locked in the hotel safe, but my Nevada driver's license was sufficient to get in.
The courtyard had a lot of weaponry on display when you walk in.
Lots of uniform on display, too.
From the ancient to the more modern era, including this which was probably more from the era of Colombia's founding.
I have got no clue what this was or what it was supposed to be, but I think it looked cool.
The soldier who checked my identification tried to helpful, but language barrier and all.
He even posed for a picture in front of the weaponry.
At least he posed more respectfully than this one soldier. It was nice that one of the soldiers working museum duty posed for a picture with an elderly American tourist celebrating the day after his 55th birthday. But then the soldier had to pose in a way that would make every 10th grade boy in the USA extremely proud, ruining what could have been a very nice respectable, family-friendly photograph with said elderly tourist with his juvenile debauchery:
I mean, come on, he HAD to know the imagery that would result from posing for that photograph in precisely that spot. And if he didn't ... well, then it's even more freakin' hilarious. Best photo yet from Colombia, in my opinion.