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THE SALT CATHEDRAL OF ZIPAQUIRA MIGHT BE AN EXTRAORDINARY FOLLY BUT IT IS ALSO EXTREMELY IMPRESSIVE.. 250,000 TONNES OF SALT HAS BEEN REMOVED FROM THE EARTH TO CREATE THIS KITSCH, UNDERGROUND SANCTUARY. YOU DESCENDS 180 METRES BELOW GROUND , PASSING THROUGH 14 CHAPELS MARKING JESUS’LAST JOURNEY. THE ABOVE PICTURE IS OF THE MAIN NAVE – LA CATEDRALE DE SEL DE ZAPAQUIRA,  A 50 KMS DE LA CAPITALE, VISITE INCONTOURNABLE CAR IL N’EN EXISTE QUE 2 AUTRES EN POLOGNE.  250,000 TONNES DE SEL ONT ETE EXCAVEES JUSQU’A 180 METRES SOUS TERRE  POUR CREER 14 CHAPELLES ORNEES D’UNE CROIX ET UNE NEF AVEC UNE CROIX GEANTE.  LES JEUX DE LUMIERE RENDENT L’ENDROIT PLUTOT KITSCH ET AMUSANT.  L’EGLISE FAIT LE PLEIN LE DIMANCHE.
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A NATIVITY SCENE IN THE SALT CATHEDRAL. 50 KILOMETRES TO THE NORTH OF BOGOTA, IT IS ONE OF ONLY THREE IN THE WORLD, THE OTHER TWO BEING IN POLAND. SCENE DE LA NATIVITE, TOUT EST EN SEL.
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WE ARRIVED IN BOGOTA ON A SUNDAY, WHEN THE LOCALS TAKE OVER CARRERA 7 TO DO…WELL, PRETTY MUCH WHAT THEY WANT. NOUS ARRIVONS  A BOGOTA UN DIMANCHE, IL SEMBLE QUE SES 10 MILLIONS D’HABITANTS SOIENT DANS LA RUE POUR MANGER, DANSER, PEINDRE, FLANER, OU VENDRE DU BRIC A BRAC.  
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NEVER MIND DONKEY RIDES, IN BOGOTA LIFE IS INCOMPLETE WITHOUT A CIRCUIT OF PLAZA BOLIVAR ON THE BACK OF A LAMA.  SUR LA GRANDE PLACE BOLIVAR, ON NE FAIT PAS DES TOURS DE PONEYS MAIS DE LAMAS.
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WHAT BETTER PLACE TO EXPRESS YOUR GRIEVANCES THAN THE MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATION. WE FOUND MANY OF THE PRINCIPAL BUILDINGS DAUBED IN GRAFFITI AND SOME HAD EVEN BEEN USED AS TARGETS FOR THE PAINT-BALLERS, LENDING AN AIR OF ANARCHY.  POUR SES REVENDICATIONS EN GRAFFITIS, AUTANT UTILISER LA FACADE DU MINISTERE DE COMMUNICATIONS. LES BATIMENTS PUBLICS SERVENT AUSSI DE CIBLE POUR LE PAINT-BALL.
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HANGING OUT IN PLAZA BOLIVAR. – PLACE BOLIVAR, LA CATEDRALE N’ECHAPPE PAS AUX ATTAQUES DE PEINTURE.  LE CENTRE VILLE A BESOIN D’UN GRAND NETTOYAGE.
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A TYPICAL STREET IN BOGOTA’S OLD TOWN. THIS VIEW IS LOOKING WEST OVER THE CITY. UNE DES RUES DU  QUARTIER HISTORIQUE, LA CANDELARIA. 
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JUST ONE OF FERNANDO BOTERO’S MANY FAT LADIES, TO BE FOUND AT THE BOTERO MUSEUM . UNE PERLE DE LA CAPITALE, LE MUSEE BOTERO.  COLLECTION PERSONELLE ET OFFERTE PAR LE PEINTRE-SCULPTEUR.
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BOGOTA’S GOLD MUSEUM PRESENTS A STUNNING COLLECTION OF PRE-HISPANIC GOLD AND CERAMIC OBJECTS. THIS IS A BIRD-SHAPED OBJECT WITH ANTHROPOMORPHOUS FIGURES. L’AUTRE PERLE, LE MUSEE DE L’OR, PRESENTE DES MILLIERS D’OBJETS EN OR ET DE NOMBREUSES CERAMIQUES PRE-HISPANIQUES, RACHETES PAR LA BANQUE NATIONALE A DES PILLEURS ET COLLECTIONNEURS.   SUPERBE SCENOGRAPHIE.  NOUS Y PASSONS DES HEURES.
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THIS IS A STAFF FINIAL IN THE FORM OF A HERON.
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AN EXAMPLE OF THEIR CERAMIC WORK.
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IN THE MUSEUM’S “OFFERING ROOM” VARIOUS GOLD OBJECTS  HAVE BEEN CLUSTERED TOGETHER TO FORM STUNNING PATTERNS, SUCH AS THE FLOCK OF BIRDS IN THE LEFT-HAND SIDE OF THE PHOTO.  EXEMPLE DE LA SCENOGRAPHIE  CREATIVE……QUE FAIRE DES MILLIERS DE BOUCLES DE NEZ EN STOCK? LES DISPOSER SUR LES MURS  DANS UNE PIECE RONDE, ET LES TRANSFORMER EN VOLS D’OISEAUX OU DE PAPILLONS. OU ALORS ON POURRAIT S’IMAGINER DEVANT UN AQUARIUM, C’EST SUPERBE.
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YOU JUST CANNOT KEEP THE FRENCH OUT OF THEIR PATISSERIES.  CHOUETTE, ENCORE UNE PATISSERIE FRANCAISE! JE N’Y PEUX RIEN, JE DOIS ETRE AIMANTEE AUX ECLAIRS AU CHOCOLAT.

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