Castillo San Felipe de Barajas

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  • Day12

    Castillo San Felipe de Barajas

    December 28, 2019 in Colombia ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    Heute bin ich auf die tolle Idee gekommen die spanische Festung Castillo San Felipe de Barajas zu erklimmen. Bei Aussentemperaturen von 30 Grad und gefühlt 100% Luftfeuchtigkeit eine ziemliche Herausforderung.

    Heute war ich das erste Mal enttäuscht, dass ich nicht so viel Platz im Gepäck hab. Oben auf der Burg wurden alte Tür Knock-Knocks verkauft und ich hätte so gern eins mitgenommen.
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  • Day4

    Castillo San Felipe de Barajas Cartegena

    December 20, 2019 in Colombia ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    The departure from Santa Marta was sedate, as was the rest of the evening. However Cartagena beckoned in the morning.

    An early start to beat the breakfast rush, we ate and packed for the day before heading on deck for the sail in which was spectacular. Having to navigate around islands before coming into port in Cartegena gave us views over the new high rises and the old town alike, sat side by side in glorious sunshine.

    The port is unique in having a mini zoo at the entrance and we were treated to a plethora of birds as we headed for the taxi rank. A lovely chap named Manuel was our taxi driver and gave us an excellent running tour of Cartegena as we headed in to the Old Town. From the drop off at the clock tower, we headed back to a few photo stops he pointed out on our drive. The coloured and graffitied houses of Getsemani were lively and exciting, as was much of the vibe of the city.

    Whilst we mostly stuck to the shade, the walk out of the Old Town to the San Felipe fort was unshaded and the heat was already sweltering at 10am. The fort itself was massive, full of tunnels to explore that were designed to carry sound so intruders could be detected. Building began in the mid-17th Century and it was never taken...although whether that is due to the impressive fortifications or the unbelievable heat that just leads you to needing a long sit down is up for debate!

    The views from the castle over the city were incredible, as we sheltered under a pagoda and indulged in a bit of free wifi! After wandering in and out of tunnels, and up and down endless stairs, we trekked down the fort and back towards the Old Town.
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  • Day15

    Castillo San Felipe de Barajas 

    October 22, 2019 in Colombia ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    The San Felipe castle was built in 1536 and was the most important defence weapon against invadors. Especially when britain under Edward Vernon attacked the city in 1741. The spaniards were outnumbered by one to ten but still could hold the castle unter the lead of Blas de Lezo who just had one eye, one arm and one leg. Vernon was so convinced about the victory he sent home coins in advance about his victory...well that did not happen. The coins are visible on the statue of Blas de Lezo infront of the castle.Read more

  • Day198

    13.3 Cartagena (again)

    March 9, 2019 in Colombia ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

    Because I didn’t get to explore Cartagena after we arrived with the sailboat, I stayed there for some nights. Luckily there was a film festival in the city for that time and you could watch movies from all over the world for free.

    One of my favourites: Still Recording (
    A documentary about the war in Syria. I can’t say much about it, you just have to see it for yourselves. (recommendation)
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    Susanne Cherry

    Hope that movie made many people become aware of the situation I Syriah!

  • Day138

    Layover in Cartagena de Indias

    November 15, 2017 in Colombia ⋅ 🌬 29 °C

    Nachdem ich ja kein großer Fan von Cartagena bin, legen wir nur einen kurzen Stopp für eine Nacht hier ein. Ich finde man sollte besonders die Altstadt mal gesehn haben, aber sonst ist alles viel zu teuer, zu touristisch und viel zu heiß. Und es ist ein guter Ort um eine kleine Pause auf der Busreise weiter in den Norden zu machen, um weitere Bekannte zu besuchen.
    Nach der üblichen Tour durch die Altstadt besuchen wir noch die Festung, die ist auch für mich neu, und am nächsten Nachmittag geht's dieses Mal per Collectivo weiter nach Santa Marta.
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  • Day16

    San Felipe

    December 8, 2018 in Colombia ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    The hilltop fortress protecting Cartagena. Started in the late 16th century and expanded in the 17th. Never captured. The first pic looks at the fort from a distance. Then some pictures of various parts of the fort. The bell was the alarm when enemies were sighted. The last pic is of the barracks, now a series of shops.Read more

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