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Apr 8, 2009 - Off to Colombia we go- Cartagena

Hi guys, This is a preemptive post just to keep everyone in the know. It is now Easter Week Vacation from school (Semana Santa) and we had this planned months ago- to spend 11 days on the Caribbean Coast. We are reserved and excited and just hoping that all goes as smoothly and safely as possible and that we get maximum sun exposure. Here is the itinerary and I hope to have pics and deets added shortly after our return. Days 1-3: Cartagena for city touring, good eating and cocktail sipping, visit to the Rosario Islands. Days 4-6: we go...

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Mar 31, 2009 - Cartagena, Columbia

This area is dedicated to the port of Cartagena, Columbia. Scroll to bottom for list of tour participants for Karen's booked group tour. Cartagena Visitor's guide http://www.cartagenainfo.net/cruise/indexeng.html walking tour of historic Cartagena http://www.cartagenainfo.net/mapas/caminando/flash/english.htm You're in for a big treat if you've booked a Caribbean or Panama Canal cruise with Cartagena on the itinerary, as this lovely old town and resort on Colombia's Caribbean coast is quite deservedly the country's most popular tourist...

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Mar 19, 2009 - Cartagena

Cartagena... Well because Im a little behind I might just do the highlights... The Chiva Rumba - This is basically a party bus, it drives you around and gives you a bit of informaiton about the town, only problem was it was all in Spanish and we all had a sneeking suspicion they were making fun of us a little bit. Anyway the bus has cup like holders where they give u a bottle of rum and coke.. on the back fo the bus is a band. All in all it was an experience I wouldnt say the best ive had so far, but we got a bit of a dance so it was...

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Dec 31, 2008 - Cartagena for New Year´s Eve

We made it. Actually, the trip here could not have gone better. Each flight--all four of them--was on time and hassle-free. In case you forgot, here's how we got here: St. Louis to Atlanta (overnight in Atlanta); Atlanta to Miami; Miami to Bogotá; Bogotá to Cartagena. We left St. Louis around 5pm on December 30 and reached Cartagena around 6:30pm (Eastern time) on December 31. We checked into our hotel in Cartagena on New Year´s Eve and found my brother, Kevin, right away, or, rather, he heard us in the lobby and came out to say hi. After...

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Nov 8, 2008 - Architecture - The Good, The Bad, The Closed for Restoration.

Prior to reaching the islands I visited some intersting sites on the mainland. There are some photos from the Uropian Community of Rugby, Tennessee, as well as a wonderfully used old power plant in Baltimore. There's a tremendous variety of buildings in the Caribbean - from the World Heritage buildings of Cartagena to colorful shacks in the rainforest. The English, French, Danes, Dutch, Spanish, and Swedes contributed styles, materials, and colors. Black slaves supplied their labor. Forts rose to protect from pirates; warehouses to store...

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Oct 9, 2008 - Cartagena (COLOMBIA)

El centro amurallado de Cartagena de Indias es muy bonito. Tiene el mismo ambiente tropical colonial que el viejo San Juan, o que Entremuros en Manila, pero los 1ros dos estan mucho mejor conservados que el ultimo. Hay muchas plazas bonitas, museos, tiendas elegantes, restaurantes, bares, etc. Y no todo es para turistas, ya que van muchos locales tambien. Realmente uno se traslada unos cuantos siglos atras. En las afueras hay un fuerte español que fue tomado varias veces por los ingleses y franceses. Sir Francis Drake tomó Cartagena una...

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Aug 16, 2008 - Boat trip from Columbia to Panama

As most of you know, I'm home now, but there was still two more places to write about, so you'll have to put up with me for another entry after this. With no further ado, the long-awaited sailing from Columbia to Panama... About a year ago, when Rachel and I first sat down to talk about our trip, not knowing how long we would travel or how far we would make it, the only thing we were sure we couldn't miss was taking a sailboat from Columbia to Panama. And with good reason. The trip was phenomenal! We showed up in Cartagena, Columbia with...

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Apr 29, 2008 - Cruise - Cartegena, Colombia

We arrived in Cartagena, Colombia today at 9 am and were amazed at the skyline coming in. It's quite a big city founded in 1533. Part of the defence system built by the Spanish was a formidable wall around the old part of the city. We went on a four hour bus tour this day that took us to several historical sites including the fortress, a monastery, churches and a city square. Our tour guide was Eddie and he gave us wireless headsets so we could hear him over the noise of the bus. When we stopped at sites, he continually told us to stay...

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Mar 15, 2008 - Cartagena, Colombia - fun and educational days

We woke up the next day on the bus to a beautiful view of the Caribbean Sea. The place we stayed was 50m away from the warm ocean and the kids couldn't want to go. But we first did some trip planning by shopping for some prices of tours and then did a tour of the Old City. Walking on the old fortress wall was a highlight as well as along colorful colonial streets. We also realized the history of Cartagena cannot be separated from slavery as there was a plaza where slaves used to be sold. The kids had so much fun jumping the waves and...

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Jan 27, 2008 - Colonial Cartagena

Cartagena is a 400 - 500 year old city that has retained most of its spanish colonial buildings and charm. The outer walled city is enormous and not very nice, but the walled centre (a big wall was built around Cartagena over 2 centuries to protect in from invading pirates) it is architecturally stunning, and very well preserved - it makes you feel like you've walked into the past. The oldest church in the city is magnificent, lovely stone pillars and a beautiful alter. Many places still have their old wooden doors that are about 4 metres...

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Jan 19, 2008 - Cartagena

After Medellin we took an overnight bus to the coast to a small town called Tolu...three hours west of Cartagena. This small town is a tourist spot for Colombians and we only saw two western tourists. We had a great hostel with awesome hammocks, two dogs, a spotless kitchen, and nice owners. we spent two days lounging on the beach and swimming in the bath water temperature ocean. At night everyone comes out to stroll around the center eating and buying souvineers. We of course strutted ourselves around and did some people watching. Ed and I...

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Jan 16, 2008 - Colombian beaches ... boobs galore

After Medellin we were off to the beach for for several days. First, a shitty overnight bus got us into Tolu on the coast, west of Cartagena. It was raging hot and so was the water. After several weeks of mountains, it was absolutely great. Also, although it was loaded with Colombian tourists, it seemed as we were the only two western tourists in the town, which is always amusing. Three hours away was the fabulous city of Cartagena. There we went on a Chiva tour one night - an energetic experience where you sit on an open air bus and drink,...

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