Howard Johnson Hotel Versalles Barranquilla
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... Flowers, one of the main activities. Then .... the "Great Parade" is on Sunday and Monday; highlighted by an Orchestra Festival with Caribbean and Latin bands. On Tuesday, the finality is the burial of Joselito Carnaval, who is mourned by everyone.
The slogan of Carnaval is:
Who lives it, is who enjoys it! Quien lo vive, es quien lo goza!
The pics you see here ...
... and VERY important to the Columbians.
*it was designed by Italian architect Angelo Mazzoni and took 27 years to build
*a massive bronze sculpture of Christ by Rodrigo Arenas Betancourt looms above a
very simple alter
*the ceiling is waves of concrete, open to the ...
... fun, lively, open-air bar that overlooked the parade and was blasting traditional music. We didn't make it in there without getting sprayed with foam though. That's the thing to do there - get cans of soapy foam and spray one another. Of course it was especially fun for the locals to get the "gringos" wet. We managed to avoid flour being thrown in our faces though until Sunday night. After hanging out at the bar for awhile, we got hungry. Caroline tried asking for ...
... and burial of Joselito. There were lots of 'dead' bodies knocking back the rum. And lots of 'priests' with monkey mask heads.
(After Carnaval, we took a short break for recuperation and to wash the jungle out of Pamplemoose's clothes, back in Cartagena. As a sharp reminder that carnaval is supposed to mark the beginning of Lent, the streets here werefull of people with small grey crosses marked on their foreheads, for Ash Wednesday.)
... 8211; they didn't have a hostel booked, but were going to party through the night. After realising that you had to be in with the local crowd to score an invitation to the real party, they decided to join us on the trip back to Taganga. By this time, it had become apparent that Jose only owned one mix-tape cd. Unphased, the Finns stocked up on rum and kept the party alive by insisting that Jose keep the cd on constant repeat.
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- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Fitness/Health center