Feliz cumpleaños.

Celebrating my birthday – Colombian style.

A welcome break from the staff quarters came in the form of an invitation to spend the eve of my birthday at ‘Casa Principal’ (the main house). A room here normally costs circa £100 a night – it is a gorgeous place in an amazing location.

Casa Principal is equipped with a huge outdoor cinema, so that evening we watched ‘a good year’ staring Russell Crowe.

Next morning I was treated to ‘breakfast in bed’ followed by a leisurely ‘lie in’. All the staff at Hacienda Venecia had got to hear about my birthday and as I met them, as the morning unfolded, I was bombarded with smiles, hugs, and kisses. Later that day Hanna and I were driven into Manizales where we enjoyed lunch and some retail therapy.

At around 7.30 pm we arrived back at Hacienda Venecia and enjoyed a sumptuous meal with Juan Pablo and his parents. A simple but absolutely scrumptious birthday cake was also quickly devoured along with the odd glass of Malbec.

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About Richard Griffith

My first independent travel experience was a trip to Israel, in 1997, it was here that I caught the 'travel' bug! In 2001 I took an 8-month sabbatical and traveled around South East Asia. Since then I have managed to visit most of Eastern Europe along with India, Bangladesh, and a few other destinations in between. I love travel and I love meeting new people.
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