Thursday, August 6, 2015


A few weekends ago we loaded up the kiddos and headed to the Botero Museum which is located in La Candelaria, or the historic district of Bogota.  The artist, Fernando Botero, donated over 100 pieces of his own artwork in order to create the museum back in 2000.  Other international artists' works are on display there as well, and the museum itself is housed in a beautiful old colonial mansion that is open to the public for free.  We were unaware of that fact, so we were pleasantly surprised when we were allowed to stroll right on in.  

We arrived a little after noon, so we grabbed a quick bite for lunch at the museum cafe. I do not recommend it if you are ordering something more than coffee and pastries.  The food was horrible and took more than 40 minutes to arrive, which, if you have small children you know is a nightmare. Thank goodness for the outdoor courtyard where S and I took turns taking the kids out to play.  

Bad food aside, the museum was wonderful.  I love when the architecture of the building feels like a part of the artwork on display.  I've said that about the Guggenheim, and I will say that about this place. The old colonial vibe just made it all the more enjoyable.  

S and I, and E--our little museum guru--really enjoyed walking from room to room and taking in all the paintings, sketches and sculptures.  D relaxed and observed for approximately 30 minutes before he was screaming to escape his stroller.  No bother. S and I just took turns with him outside while we each went in with E.  

In the end it was a fantastic day and E even got a little note pad as a souvenir.  He has yet to draw or write it in though because he is "saving it."  For what, I have no idea, but I'm sure we'll find out soon enough. 

I'm not quite sure what this building is, but it was right outside
the museum and I thought it was gorgeous.

Ditto with this building.  I will find out, I promise!

The Botero hand at the entrance to the museum.

This is the museum from inside the courtyard.  Beautiful.

E loved this

Believe it or not, he's laughing because the statue has no arms.

If you look on the top of that mountain you can see  Monserrate.
I'm sure we will be venturing up there soon enough.