Alicia and I visited a gorgeous old villa called Hacienda Fizebad to check on holding our Colombian wedding there. I'll show you photos of the villa later. For now, here are some orchids from the patio of the main house. (I'd love to live in a house with a patio again.)
Be still, my heart! I LOVE orchids, but have always had a difficult time getting them to live. Ha. Fortunately for me, the house where I work has many thriving plants, so I get to enjoy them vicariously. These are simply gorgeous. Thanks for sharing the pics with us.
@YouToMe - Our house in San Cristóbal (a small town on the outskirts of Medellín) had a patio similar to this one in the main part of the house, and a simpler one by the kitchen/laundry area. The front one had a palm tree in the middle, and orchids hanging from the eaves. I personally moved the palm tree out to the front yard when I was in about 9th grade. When the patio was roofed, we ended up with an enormous living room. (That place is now a rest home. I've posted photos here several times.)
@SandraErickson - Aldi sells gorgeous orchids for as little as $10 sometimes. If you're ever a few bucks ahead, plan a visit to Medellín during the Feria de las Flores and visit the Birds, Orchids, and Flowers show at the Botanical Garden. I have dozens of gorgeous pictures I took last year. I posted them on Facebook but not over here. (I must remedy this situation.) If you go this year (first week of August) you may get to hear Alicia sing with an orchestra directed by her cousin Raul Rosero.
@promisesunshine - Our home in San Cristóbal had a patio very similar to this one (but with only a couple of orchids hanging from the eaves). I loved it. Dad had it roofed and it became the biggest living room I'd ever seen. Our place is now a rest home for indigent elderly folks. I've posted photos a couple of times.
@WildWomanOfTheWest - Colombia has many, many varieties of wild orchids. A kid who went to high school with me at the missionary base got the nickname "Orchid Ears" because he discovered a previously unclassified variety of orchid growing in his yard.
@ordinarybutloud - @a_thousandmiles - @promisesunshine - Colombia and Costa Rica both claim to be the orchid capital of the world, but I think Colombia has more right to the title. The traditional home in Antioquia has a porch across the front (painted a dark color below and white above) with flowers hanging above the porch rail, and then the center of the house is a patio with more flowers hanging from the eaves. Not many houses are built that way anymore.