Cartagena.

2 Nov

Cartagena must mean color in spanish.  This city is awash in it.  A compact old city with walls twenty five feet thick to help protect them from the pirates of old, Cartagena, Colombia is a walking town.  The streets are paved, sort of, and narrow.  ImageI don’t know what I was expecting, but we are both very pleasantly surprised.  It’s an old city.  It was attacked and burned 3 or 4 times in the 1500’s and 1600’s before they actually built the wall, and it’s lasted.  Our hotel is inside the walls and just about anything you’d want is in here too.  It reminds me of a small Seville, Spain.  Image

We arrived just about lunchtime yesterday and spent the afternoon strolling around.  All throughout the city there are activities.  Some for tourists Imageand others for the locals. Image In fact today was the Cartagena 10K.  Afterward all the runners gathered in a plaza and did salsa!  ImageThere are parks and squares and cafes galore.  While its easy to get lost in the maze of narrow streets, it’s hard to get too far off the beaten path as you’ll run into the city wall within 10 minutes in almost any direction.  Last night we had a wonderfully fun dinner at a local restaurant that was celebrating its birthday and giving out presents to the diners after spinning a wheel (of fortune).  If the right number came up, you win!  Who knows the right number?  Only the owner.  So we must have done something right because we won!  Speaking of winning, I am thrilled that my premonition in the first post came true.  We hope you made it to the Red Sox rolling rally.  Even here there is news of the Sox winning the World Series.Image

Today we walked for hours seeing the colors, the architecture, the people and getting a good feel for the city. Image ImageImageTomorrow we’ll head to an island that we hear has wonderful beaches.

Enjoy the images of Cartagena and we’ll post again soon! ImageImageImageImage

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10 Responses to “Cartagena.”

  1. sharon November 2, 2013 at 8:38 pm #

    so fun…thank you. Sharon

  2. Mindy Shanfeld November 3, 2013 at 12:27 am #

    the photography is so great, I think you bought local pictures!!! Thanks for sharing. Love, M&R

  3. Slewie November 3, 2013 at 7:25 am #

    I’m sold. Looks like a great trip to add to our list of places to go people to see. Besos to both of you

  4. Susan Leiber November 3, 2013 at 7:57 am #

    Great start to a great trip

  5. richard cohen November 3, 2013 at 8:06 am #

    already the enjoyment is overwhelming

  6. Sally Patrick November 3, 2013 at 9:52 am #

    Colors are amazing! Keep the photos coming – loving them.

  7. Janice November 3, 2013 at 11:09 am #

    I am struck with how neat and clean it all looks. The colors and textures are delicious. Such a sense of life! Love these photos!:)

  8. Karen November 3, 2013 at 5:01 pm #

    Thank you for sharing your amazing travels…….

  9. Cheshta November 3, 2013 at 8:11 pm #

    See if you can get out to the Rosario Islands. Some amazing beach cabanas owned by the folks from Bogota and the cartels. A great place to Eat lunch from floating tables at the beach!

  10. Carol November 3, 2013 at 10:09 pm #

    We’ve been wondering how you travels have been going so far, obviously you are having a blast. Your pictures are wonderful, I feel a part of the colorful scenery. Enjoy and keep posting! Carol

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