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In the center of Medellin there are literally thousands of shops and restaurants inside the buildings. They are giant "centro commercials" or malls but you would never know it from looking at them from the outside. I found them by just wandering into buildings and looking around. They are like giant rat mazes and some of them are incredible. The ornate one in the pictures below I thought was a government office when I saw it from the outside. Instead it's an 8-story mall inside.

The video shows the streets around the mall in the photos below...



Furniture Store

El Centro

View From Metro Station

Fresh Herbs

Fresh Herbs

Mall In El Centro

Mall In El Centro

Copper Tops

Mmmm Frutas!


On my final Saturday in Medellin the town was rocking all day long. Medellin has a huge flower festival (I think it's in August) and this was some sort of pre-party for it. There were bands playing, traditional dances, modern dances, and LOT'S of flowers. It was a really cool experience to just wander around and soak it all in. I spent about 6 hours just walking around enjoying all the different bands and dancers.

I took some video of the various dancers and musicians...



Mmmmm Textiles!

Nice Billboard

Fiesta De Flores Is Coming

Dancing In The Street

Dancing In The Street

Fancy Sign

Dancing In The Street

Dancing In The Street

Dancing In The Street

Dancing In The Street

Dancing In The Street

Flowers

Nice Billboard

The Band

Morning In Medellin


I had to leave for the airport at 5:30 AM so I was able to get some nice early morning pictures on the ride to the airport. The pics are a little blurry because we were driving around 150 MPH on the hairpin turns but I think it gives them a nice effect. You can see the city below in a few of them and it gives you a feel for just how high of a mountain you have to climb to get to the airport. I believe it's around 3000 feet of vertical climb from Medellin up to the airport.

I took some video on the ride to the airport. It's a shame youtube compresses the video so much because the scenery is absolutely stunning on some of the video. Hopefully you can still get the idea of how beautiful Colombia is...



Morning In Medellin

Morning In Medellin

Morning In Medellin

Morning In Medellin

Morning In Medellin

Morning In Medellin

Morning In Medellin


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