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Aug 19, 2011

Travel Postcard: 48 hours in Bogota, Colombia

BOGOTA (Reuters) – Colombia’s capital city lures tourists with its mild year-round weather, booming nightlife and its museums about gold, emeralds and the artist Fernando Botero.

Once sleepy streets buzz with crowds at outdoor tables and modern art graces courtyard cafes.

Oct 21, 2010
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Germans atone for Holocaust with “stumble stones”


(Photo: “Stumble stones” in Berlin’s Wilmersdorf district November 7, 2008/Fabrizio Bensch)

The metal plaques, called Stolpersteine, or “stumble stones,” are set into the ground at my father’s ancestral home in this picturesque village south of Frankfurt.

The squares, 10 cm by 10 cm (4 inches by 4 inches), are barely conspicuous, but the words etched in brass seem to cry out for memory of the home’s last five Jewish inhabitants.

Jun 15, 2010
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Museum exhibit unveils Andy Warhol’s Catholic, abstract side


(Photo: Andy Warhol’s work “The Last Supper” from 1986/The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts)

As a pop art pioneer, Andy Warhol blazed his way to fame with trademark Brillo soap pad boxes and silk-screens of Campbell’s Soup cans.  But a new museum exhibit shows pop art was just a seven-year phase for Warhol in the 1960s, before his 1980s plunge into abstract art and Christian imagery, particularly his versions of “The Last Supper.”

Flippant, brazen and flamboyant as an art world personality, Warhol long kept private his devout, lifelong Catholicism.

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      "Walker Simon is a desk editor in New York specializing in emerging markets, particularly Latin America, where he was a long-time correspondent. Raised in Mexico, he joined Reuters in Mexico City and was posted to Lima, Caracas and finally Bogota, where he was the Andean bureau chief. Beyond the region, he has a wider geographic interest, whetted by knowledge of Spanish, Portuguese, German, French and Russian. Apart from editing, Walker writes frequently for the Reuters news service."
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