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Mar 5, 2018 - Cartagena, Columbia

Cartagena, Columbia March 5 & 6 The sail from Panama brought us into harbor at Cartagena, Columbia around noon on Monday. We saw the high-rise buildings from afar and traversed a narrow channel with a visible reef off the port side. A statue of the Blessed Virgin with Baby Jesus stood in this reef. After lunch, we headed out on a land excursion called “Intimate Cartagena.” There were only 16 of us in a small bus with a great guide, Frank. Cartagena is the 5th largest city in Columbia with a population of about one million. Our tour...

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Mar 2, 2018 - Cartagena, Columbia

So today we visited the large and very busy city of Cartagena, Columbia. This was obviously a prosperous, “money is here” city with many high rise buildings, but also the poor were represented. All I could think of was “Drug Money at work”. We had a great time riding the Hop On Hop Off bus and seeing all the major sights. The Walled City is a great combination of various types of architecture. Driving down the very narrow streets with their extremely colorful buildings with their overhanging balconies reminded us of New Orleans in many...

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Feb 28, 2018 - Cartagena - Eating And Drinking

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – Colombia chapter Caribbean Coast has to say about Cartagena’s Eating And Drinking: Eating “You can eat well in Cartagena, whether it be a COP$12,000 (CAD $6.00) comida corriente (daily set menu) meal at midday in a busy local lunch spot or a gourmet blowout feast inside a colonial-era boutique hotel. The city is also strong on street food: plenty of snack bars all across the old town serve typical local snacks such as arepas de huevo (fried maize dough with an egg inside), dedos de...

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Feb 27, 2018 - Cartagena - Doors And Doorways

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD I think I fell in love with bougainvillea and hibiscus flowers the first time I encountered them in 1971 when I went to Nigeria with CUSO (Canadian University Service Overseas) as a volunteer teacher. I have to control myself from taking photos of every glorious array of these flowers that I see. My fascination with door knockers began early in our retirement travels, and I’m beginning to amass quite a collection of photographs of some very interesting ones. However, I’ve never seen such a wide variety of...

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Feb 26, 2018 - Cartagena - The Walled Town

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – Colombia chapter Caribbean Coast has to say about Cartagena’s Old Town: Cartagena de Indias is the undisputed queen of the Caribbean coast, a fairy-tale city of romance, legends and superbly preserved beauty lying within an impressive 13km of centuries-old colonial stone walls. Cartagena’s old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a maze of cobbled alleys, balconies covered in bougainvillea, and massive churches that cast their shadows across plazas. The old town is surrounded by...

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Feb 26, 2018 - Cartagena - Getsemaní

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – Colombia chapter Caribbean Coast has to say about the Cartagena neighbourhood of Getsemaní: “Cartagena’s old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a maze of cobbled alleys, balconies covered in bougainvillea, and massive churches that cast their shadows across plazas. But then there is the outer town, full of traffic, the working class, and a chaotic nature that can leave you dazed and confused in minutes. It is here that Cartagena becomes a typical workhorse South American city....

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Jan 24, 2018 - sea day

Jan 24 Sea day and Formal Night. It was very WINDY all night long. Rough, but the whistling winds made it hard to sleep as they were very loud. I checked the patio door in the am and it was not shut tight. I can't believe we listened to the whistling all night for nothing! Later the door was whistling again and it was hard to get it to stop, but finally we could. We've traveled 3624 nautical miles so far as of 6:30 am. Wind speed at 6 am was 53 mph. It decreased to about 45 late in the am. It is elegant night tonight as well as the Captains...

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Jan 23, 2018 - Cartagena

Jan 23 Cartagena, Columbia. Very pretty view of the city coming into the port. It looks very modern. We only walked to the store in the port. It was very hot, 91 degrees. Just outside the store were flamingos, birds, and peacocks. We went back to the ship afterwards. The pool was warm. Too hot for hot tub. The appetizer menu included Michigan Pasties. This summer, we had seen signs all over Michigan for these but didn't try them then. So I tried them today and they were quite good. Tonight, winds were 45 mph, causing the boat to be rocky....

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Aug 6, 2017 - Cartagena: fort, museum and farewell dinner

sunday Today's weather was sunny and hot and very muggy. Just like N.J. We boarded the bus at 8:40 for our brief ride to Castillo de San Felipe. Our local guide, Samuel, talked about the fort and the 4 month war. The Castillo was named in honor of the King of Spain, Philip IV. The fort was paid for by the Spanish crown, designed by Italians, and built by the slaves. The fort itself was built on the mainland, while Cartagena was on an island. The size of the fort is misleading. It was constructed on the Hill of San Lázaro from the top down....

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Aug 5, 2017 - Cartagena

A very cloudy morning, then sunny in the afternoon. (Some light drizzle once in awhile.) We went down to breakfast at 7:00, and met in the lobby at 8:00 for our walking tour. We were introduced to our local guide, Samuel, and we walked (minus Kippy who was not feeling well) over to Plaza Fernando de Madrid. He did a quick orientation, then we headed down the street. We arrived at the first corner and we stopped. Here Samuel pointed out the four corners. It was here in the old days that separated the neighborhoods into social or economic...

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Aug 4, 2017 - Travel day to Cartagena

Since we did not have to leave until 10:00 for our flight, we decided to sleep in. I got up about 7:15 to shower. I decided to skip shaving since there is no hot water at the sink. I then went out to the courtyard to work on the blog, download the Star Ledger, and try to upload a journal entry. Jean came out about 8:15 and we had breakfast. Since we had time, we both requested scrambled eggs, mine with cheese. We also had the toast and fruit. Mostly everyone else had already eaten. The single ladies were just sitting at their table and...

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Jan 16, 2017 - Colombia – Cartagena

Up early, today is the day we head back to the old city and take a Hop-on Hop-off tour to see a bit more of the area. We walked the 2km to town and waited for the bus to come by as we were early. A local fellow was very helpful and pointed us in the correct direction of the bus stop. He waiting with us for over 20 minutes to make sure we didn’t miss it – so very kind and thoughtful! The bus was a few minutes late, but it did come and we were very happy to sit in the lower air conditioned deck to cool off! We were pleasantly surprised to...

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