Centro de Interpretación de la Muralla Púnica

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    • Day31

      Sightseeing Cartagena

      January 3 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

      Fuente Álamo, so sieht Fluss in Spanien aus!

      Heute haben wir uns Cartagena angesehen.
      In Cartagena ist die größte Marine Basis am Mittelmeer. Von den Schiffen sieht man leider nicht viel und auf das Marine Museum hatten wir keine Lust.
      Dafür haben wir uns lieber das römische Theater angesehen.
      Seid der Restaurierung gibt es hier auch wieder Aufführungen.
      Beim Schlendern haben wir einige schöne Fassaden gesehen und am Hafen sitzt der Schutzheilige der Cartagener.
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    • Day30

      Stellplatz bei Shell

      January 2 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

      Umgezogen nach Cartagena.
      Die Shell Tankstelle beim Stellplatz hat auch einen Womo Waschplatz. Bevor wir weiterfahren muss ich mal testen, ob es 2023 nach dem Fahrzeug waschen genauso regnet wie die letzten 50 Jahre davor.Read more

    • Day271

      Semana Santa

      April 8, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

      Holy Week celebrations start the Friday before Good Friday in Cartagena. It is a bank holiday and the first procession is at 3am on Friday morning. We don’t attend but the drumming does interrupt our night’s sleep.
      Semana Santa is very big deal here and there is a busy calendar of events for the week including a procession almost daily.
      We go the evening processsion on the first Friday; it is massive and runs for an hour and a half. There are well over a thousand participants with elaborate and immaculate costumes. The costumes are shocking because the hoods remind us of the Ku Klux Klan. As more and more hooded people file past us we acclimatise to this Spanish religious tradition.
      There is a wonderful sense community here and many of the participating groups are intergenerational which is so lovely to see.
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      Great photos


      Eerie reminder of the KKK. No similarity but triggers memories of my childhood!

    • Day268

      Gearing up

      April 5, 2022 in Spain ⋅ 🌧 11 °C

      Regal has been docked in Cartagena now for six months. All of us are ready to leave but we are not ready to leave… There is outstanding work yet to be finished on the boat and there is bad weather about.
      A storm comes in for two days on the 4th and 5th of April bringing torrential rain, howling wind and cold weather. The noise of the wind doesn’t stop for two days and I finally understand how the wind gets to people during the wild winters of West Cork. The four of us are down below most of the time and the boat never felt so small. It is challenge for everyone’s patience. Colm gets some respite on board his friend’s James boat. It is a gorgeous 70 motor vessel and they don’t feel the bad weather and even do some baking.
      James and his family had been away for a number of months over winter but since their return we see James everyday and have enjoyed a few get-together’s with his parents.
      We have made connections with several live-a-boards here on the marina and some boats are beginning to leave. We hope our paths will cross again when we are out on the water.
      We are waiting for Juan Pedro to fix the generator and finish wiring up the solar panels so in the meantime we keep going with our own jobs.
      We do ‘The big shop’ several times and load up the bilges with stores - We reckon Ruby could live for at least a month on the cereal and UHT milk stored in her bedroom floor. The hope is that when we are at anchor we will only need to buy fresh food which is easy to transport by dingy.
      We all have go in the bosun’s chair being hoisted up the mast to clean it after the winter and the mucky rain and to double check everything up there is still intact.
      Saturday’s weather is beautiful so we decide to go on a trial sail to check everything is working. It takes ages to make the boat ready for sailing because things that have been thrown down everywhere while we are docked - now they have to be stowed or tied down in advance of the boat heeling over.
      In glorious sunshine we take a two hour trip down the coast and pick up a mooring in a little cove. We swim and snorkel in wetsuits and dry off in the sun. We are getting very excited now about leaving Cartagena and heading out into the wide blue yonder.
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    • Day160

      Cartagena at Christmas

      December 18, 2021 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

      The whole city is lit up for Christmas with each street having a particular style of decoration running the length of it.
      There are nativities a-plenty, the most elaborate is in a marquee tent in San Francisco square. We walk around and follow the story, beginning with the angel appearing to Mary and ending with Jesus as a young boy in Nazareth - all set in a model of the town of Cartagena.
      A small Christmas market sets up 300 metres down the promenade from the Marina for the month of December. There are chestnuts roasting, a bar with beer and a stage for music.
      I have a magical evening there with Colm as he escorts me as I practice my latest hobby. We rollerblade round and round near the market as they play all our favourite Christmas songs.
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      Happy Christmas Margaret xx you and your family are really having a trip of a lifetime 🤩🎅🏻🎅🏻🎅🏻🎅🏻🎅🏻love your stories


      Happy Christmas Dawn!! Xx

    • Day74

      Cartargena, Historie trifft auf Moderne

      November 26, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

      Cartagena, einerseits gespickt mit zahlreichen alten Bauten aus der Römerzeit, andererseits moderne, urbane Bauten. Sehr schön, wie diese zeitlichen Epochen bautechnisch auf engsten Raum zusammengefügt wurden. Ein sehr schöner und informativer Samstagnachmittag.Read more

    • Day91


      October 10, 2021 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

      It is hard to believe we have been in Cartagena a week already.
      We are delighted with our new digs at Yacht Port Cartagena. There is a nice atmosphere around the marina. The staff who drive about on their golf carts are helpful and friendly.
      The facilities here are great. We actually oohed and aahed when we went into the shower block. Ronan and I because it was all so new, clean and shiny. Colm and Ruby because of large open area with a big couch an very big Television. Colm was so excited about this new extension to our living space that he spent a whole afternoon there sorting all the books on the book swap shelf. He did a great job - he shelved the books according to Language to make it easier for everyone - so now one section is only for books written in english and the other section is for everything else.
      This marina caters mainly for foreign boats as the locals use the neighbouring, more established yacht club. Many of the boats will stay for the winter. There is even a Cartagena liveaboard facebook group which we have joined.

      The marina is in a gorgeous setting on the city’s wide and beautifully maintained promenade complete with cream paving and palm trees. Just outside the marina along the promenade is the sub-aqua museum and El Batel Auditorium , both stunning modern buildings.
      Further along the promenade is the sailing school, diving centre and the cruise ship dock. A cruise ship arrives early every morning and leaves in the evening. Sometimes two come in, the second one docks directly behind Regal. It is like having a massive apartment block installed next to us overnight. We look up at the guests, high up on their balconies who are looking at us looking at them.

      Beyond the cruise ship area of the promenade is the fisherman’s pier and the naval museum. There is so much to see and wander around before even crossing the road to the city. When we do cross over we are in the pretty old quarter which is packed full of history that we are only beginning to explore.

      Ronan and I decide it is time to have a summit meeting about our travel plans. Up for discussion is the possibility of travelling on to see a few more places for another month before returning here to spend the winter . We go to the cafe holding our cards very close to our chest only to find on turning them over that we have the same hand. We both want to stay here and not travel further until the spring time. There is the possibility that come January or February we will regret not having stayed out sailing for longer. We decide to risk the regret and go with how we feel now.
      Ruby and Colm are happy too. They have made a few friends and are enjoying the new routine here of school work in the morning and hanging out with their new pals in the afternoons.
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      Loved this place. I used to bring gas in here from the Gulf, it was our monthly run ashore!


      Hi Margaret , Ronan Colm and Ruby-Red M here enjoying looking at your Photo's and videos , lots of Oooh's and clapping. We are not one bit jealous :) Love from Rose , Heather ,Arthur , James , Robert , Joe and Evelyn x

    • Day104

      The Romans

      October 23, 2021 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

      Cartagena is full of Roman ruins and they are all within a 10 minute walk from our residence here on the Marina. So far we have visited the Roman Forum, the Roman theatre, the Roman amphitheatre, the Punic walls, Fortuna house and the Augusteum Residence. We have also accidentally come across some ruins being excavated in a town square and more displayed under the floor in a shop.
      We find out that much of these ruins have only been discovered in the last 50 years, including the enormous amphitheater.
      Stacks of buildings including a 13th century cathedral were built on top of it. People were happily living there unaware that there was a magnificent amphitheatre under their homes right up to 1988.
      The reconstructions and exhibits that have been built up around the Roman ruins in the city are modern and interactive and we get a real feel for how things were 2200 years ago.
      I am still brimming with Roman enthusiasm when I meet a 10 year old girl from another boat who is just back from a visit to the Amphitheatre. She doesn’t share my enthusiasm and on discerning my disappointment she is quick to explain that it is only because she has already visited so many Roman Amphitheatres in her travels.
      I am no longer sure if the Roman ruins here are amazing or maybe I am amazed because they are the only roman ruins I have seen. One remark from a ten year old and I am full of self-doubt.
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    • Day101

      Daily life

      October 20, 2021 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

      It’s beginning to feel like home here at the marina in Cartagena, The time is flying by as we settle into a daily routine which goes a little something like this…
      The alarm goes off and the coffee goes on - just like home.
      The four of us then head out for our daily exercise. We usually jog along the promenade and over the road to and public exercise space where we do some ‘tough grunts’. We take it in turns to call out an exercise and then practice our Spanish by counting the reps en Espanol . It’s a terrible moment when you can’t remember the next number in the middle of mountain climbers. Everyone has to keep on climbing until you remember it. Needless to say we have all got very fast at our numbers.
      Next its showers in the Marina bathrooms and back to the boat for porridge.
      School starts with maths and continues on until about one or two with varying degrees of interest, enthusiasm and frustration from all four of us.
      We have a tourist ticket for these two weeks that we sometimes use in the afternoons to visit some of Cartagena.
      On one of the days we hop on the tourist bus, listen to some history through headphones and then hop off at the beach for a few hours of sunshine, swimming and a picnic. While we are there the Salvamento Rescue boat comes into the bay and manoeuvres in close to the beach and sounds his horn - rescue drills we surmise. Soon we see a waiter from the beach bar jog towards the water holding a package. He gives it to a girl who then swims out to the boat and hands the package to the crew. The Salvamentos are just here to collect their take away lunch.

      When we aren’t doing the tourist thing, Ruby and Colm spend the afternoons on their scooters zooming around the Sub Aqua Museum building with their pals.
      There is a bit of a turn over with friends as many boats are still on the move. Several of the boat kids we meet are destined for the Caribbean.
      The British live-a-boards we meet who are staying in the Mediterranean also can’t hang around for too long. As a consequence of Brexit they cannot stay in Europe for more than 90 days out of every 180. Some we meet, who have followed the dream of selling up and sailing now have to fly back to Britain and rent an apartment for 90 days. We are sorry when the crew of Alchemy leave as James’s was a good pal of Colm and Ruby’s and we had several lovely evenings with his parents Alex and Tom. There is a nice sociability on the marina and people often stop by the boat and chat and there are invitations to coffee or drinks or dinner. It’s so interesting meeting people from every corner and hearing how they have come to be here.
      We are all excited when we see a Japanese flag flying on yacht on the marina- we don’t get to meet them but I do get a smile and a bow as they walk past.
      Evening time on board Régal is just like home - Dinner and wash up followed by negotiations about screen time and bed time.
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    • Day227

      Home for Haul out

      February 23, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

      We spend two more nights in Plym’s house after Tom’s departure and reconnect with the lovely neighbours Hilary and Graham.
      On our way back to Cartagena we take a different route in order to travel through the Tabernas desert. The landscape is evocative of the Wild West and there are tourist parks built around abandoned movie sets. The good the bad and the Ugly’ was filmed here or as it translates in spanish - ‘The good, the ugly and the bad’. We find the theme tune on Spotify and listen to it as we drive through the arid terrain. When we stop for a picnic it is dusty everywhere so we eat out of the back of the car. Every time a car drives past us, it throws up a tail of dust. We conclude that this landscape is best enjoyed indoors preferably on a TV screen.
      We stop for coffee in a pretty little town called Sobras, which is built on a height overlooking a dry but verdant river bed. After a wander around we still have an appetite for more sightseeing and decide to drive on to Lorca. It is a city we have driven by several times on our way to and from Anadalusia and we want to explore it, especially the picturesque hilltop fort we have seen from the car so many times. We park downtown which has some lovely old buildings and a pretty square complete with Irish pub. The Castle looks very impressive high on the hill overlooking the city and we start our steep climb through the narrow streets. The steps towards the castle becomes progressively dirtier and more broken up. We find we are a kind of a slum where children play between rubbish and rubble right outside their crumbling houses. We are surprised to find such poor living conditions in Spain. Our enthusiasm for the hike to the castle has waned and so we turn on our heel and return to the car and head home to Cartagena.
      The following day we queue at the abandoned Eroski shopping centre, now a mass vaccination centre and receive our final Covid jabs.

      Our next job is to Haul out the boat so her bottom can be cleaned and anti-fouled. All on board, we motor over to the boatyard to be lifted. The crane raises Regal out of the water just enough for the four of us to step ashore at the bow. We watch as she is lifted out entirely and then parked in the boatyard. She will remain here for a few days and though we are allowed stay onboard three of the four of us opt not to. Ronan volunteers to stay behind and get a push on with some boat jobs. The conditions onboard are borderline grim. It’s cold and dusty with an unsteady climb up and down to the boat, sometimes while carrying the ‘sink’ bucket or the ‘jacks’ bucket. There are a few other hardy bucks who are staying onboard boats in the yard and their good company is a pleasant diversion from the unpleasant living conditions.
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