CartegenaJuly 15 in Colombia
A quick flight brought us to Cartegena - once the main port for shipping Spanish plunder to Europe and an incredibly rich city in its’ day.
The original city walls are still intact and make a stark contrast between the old, stately Spanish architecture vs. the huge high-rise apartments that dominate the nearby shoreline. While the city is very beautiful, it was stinking hot (up to 100 degrees some days), so we limited our time out-of-doors to morning and evening, when it was still hot, but almost bearable. The feel of the city reminded us of New Orleans, with lots of horse-pulled carriages trotting through the narrow streets, and many, many restaurants and bars with some people walking through the streets with drinks-in-hand. It also reminded us of Galle in Sri Lanka, with its’ spectacular walls and beautiful old buildings. We particularly enjoyed eating delicious ceviche and indulging in a few very well-made martinis in several of the city’s charming, old bars.Read more