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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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Life in Paraguay

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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Oct 20, 2007 - Colombia - Cartagena

The old city of Cartagena de Indias is set behind thick fortified walls and is protected by a number of large forts on the various islands surounding the area. Despite this protection the city has been attacked repeatedly (sometimes successfully) over the past 500 years by pirates such as Francis Drake. Cartagena was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 194. The old city is absolutely enchanting, words can not explain how pleasant it is to walk around the colourful streets and plazas in the evening with a warm Caribbean breeze blowing....

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Aug 2, 2007 - Cartagena

My second stop in Colombia was the beautiful coastal city of Cartagena. Listed as a Unesco World Heritage site, the entire old city is encircled by massive canon-studded walls built in the 17th and 18th centuries. You can actually walk around much of the city on these walls enjoying great views of the charming colonial buildings in the old city. Due to it's warm weather, gorgeous architecture, and relative security, Cartagena is the tourism capital of Colombia. While residents of chilly Bogota have always loved vacationing in Cartagena,...

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Where is John Lama?

Jul 24, 2007 - Cartagena

Tuesday 24th July Packed up all my nice clean laundry after an embarrassing conversation with the washer woman telling me how stinky my stuff was. Got a midday bus to Cartagena with Zoe during which I was dealing with a really poorly stomach and a video of "Mr Bean does Paris" - not quite sure which was worse! Got a place at Hotel Holiday in the old quarter and went straight to the Pharmacy where I was given an antiseptic for my stomach - whatever that is? We then spent the afternoon lazing and dozing at the hostel nursing swollen feet and...

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Jul 16, 2007 - Cartagena, page 2

Cartagena is definitely one of the coolest cities we have ever visited. It is by far the best preserved colonial city either of us have ever seen. We spent 4 days just walking around the old town, and could have easily spent more time, but the cost was an issue. Lodging and food were pretty expensive, as well as all the hosh-posh boutique stores. If you just looked a little farther inside the city, you could find many remnants of the old charm. We were sad to leave, but happy to explore a more "Colombian" corner of the country. We decided...

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