Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Villa de Leyva - a gorgeous & safe colonial town in Colombia

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We have just arrived at the most gorgeous villa - Posada St Martin.
at Calle 14 9-43, Villa de Leyva.
It has traditional decorating and antiques with a quirky feel.

All the streets are stone and most places you walk.
Not too flash for my sore foot, as the stones twist even in sneakers.
But a great relaxing town, with an incredible safe feel to it.

As the sun sets on our first night, my son enjoys the huge square.
Chasing the dogs.

Today is a chill day.
We are the only people staying here last night.
The manager has a little girl the same age as my son.
The dining room is all ours as she has gone to town.
Great - catch up on web-pages we can use for our insect studies.

In the afternoon we wander the streets, and read the map.
It is quiet.
Most hostels and hotels close on Monday and Tuesdays.
This can be a challenge to find somewhere to stay as we found out.

We visit the church, and once again there is a stack of gold.
The antique paintings on the walls are worth a look too.

Opposite us is a lovely hotel and we have a good chat to the owner.
He speaks 5 languages.
We try to tee up a time for a lesson, but each time we go, his wife says he is out.
Maybe tomorrow - as he won't charge us!

As we wander the old buildings and museums we notice a lot of the paving.
Genuine old fossils from the are and deer bone make great patterns.

As the sun sets on the square, we head out for dinner.
This town is completely geared for tourists.
So are the prices.

We find a lovely courtyard.
In the distance you can see a church and the terracotta tile roof.

It overlooks the Blue Mountains as they call them
 - a lot different than the Blue Mountains of Australia!

After dinner my son meets some local kids.
They play ball in the street.
He learns a few Spanish words.
They invite him to school.
We will see how that works tomorrow.

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