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Mar 20, 2019 - Finlandia and Cartagena de Indies

From Salento, we drove first to Finlandia where we enjoyed an excellent local meal at Helena. Finlandia is similar to Salento except that this brightly colored colonial town sits atop a mountain. We spent the majority of the afternoon around the plaza Major. It is not as big as Salento's but is filled with hibiscus.....deep red, tangerine, yellow and pink. Other plants also are present as well as trees. In mid afternoon thunder, lightening and their sidekick torrential rain rolled in. We dashed into a coffeehouse where Gord tried cafe...

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Feb 28, 2019 - Salsa!

Het moest toch gebeuren. We zijn naar een Salsaclub geweest. Geweldige band met twee blazers drummer, congaspeler, gitarist, een zanger en een zangeres. En een danseres die iedereen opzweepte. Onze danslessen kwamen van pas. Een beetje. Alles in Cubaanse sferen, de club heet dan ook Havana. De laatste middag in Cartagena. We lopen door de stad op het heetst van de dag. Zo vlak bij de zee en toch zo heet. Alleen de toeristen lopen nog rond. En de straatverkopers. We leren nog wel dat Cartagena in de 16e eeuw door de Spanjaarden is gesticht...

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Feb 27, 2019 - Cartagena

Vierenhalf uur in de bus en we zijn op onze laatste bestemming aangekomen, Cartagena. Het is een iets luxere badplaats dan Santa Marta. Maar wel heel erg toeristisch. We worden besprongen door straatventers. Water, ijs, vruchtensappen, chips, kettinkjes, hoedjes, van alles wordt te koop aangeboden. En zichzelf blijkbaar. Daar werden we voor gewaarschuwd. De stad ligt aan de zee en is ommuurd. Goed beschermd. Prachtig oud centrum dat helemaal is gerenoveerd. Er was een plein vol politieagenten in vol ornaat voor een ceremonie. Geen idee waar...

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Jan 22, 2019 - Jan 20-22 On to Cartagena

Monday, January 21 Today we are at sea. I made it to the kitchen tour (which I missed on the Alaska cruise because of seasickness). It is a marvel of organization and immaculate stainless steel. It takes a lot of people to feed 1400 people, and the crew. Just a couple of statistics: 12,500 lbs of meat per week, 3500 lbs of rice (mostly crew), and 29 lbs of caviar (not at my table!). They make all of the breads and desserts except the hamburger buns. I found the delicious salad bar section for lunch, which was supplemented with a few other...

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Panama Canal Cruise

Dec 21, 2018 - Last Sea Day

It’s our last sea Day as we head to Ft Lauderdale. Today we did take The Sanctuary for the 4 1/2hrs in the afternoon. It was just perfect. Very shaded, warm, and relaxing. A nice way to end the day. We knew it would be a busy evening. The night before disembarkation is a whirlwind with everyone packing and getting ready to place suitcases out to be picked up and taken for the next morning. Ann and I work as a team now that we have a few cruises under us and had our bags packed and ready and placed in the hall at 8:15pm. There were storms in...

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Our 5 week adventure

Dec 20, 2018 - Sea Day

Sea Day 84, partly cloudy and a bit humid Sadly, heading to Ft Lauderdale and the end of a fantastic trip. However, we still have two great sea days to enjoy and relax. As I mentioned before, we enjoy sea days. We’ve reserved chairs at The Sanctuary for afternoons on sea days. We canceled today as the chairs were just too exposed to the sun and heat. Instead, we decided to enjoy the quiet on our shaded balcony. Around 3:00pm we went down to Universe Lounge to listen to Joshua Seth again on hypnotism. Not realizing that he planned to do the...

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Our 5 week adventure

Dec 19, 2018 - Cartagena, Columbia

Columbia 95, sunny, milder humidity but hot We arrived in Cartagena around 8:00am. Our tour today would take us to the National Aviary Park. We enjoyed the tour...seeing many species of birds, too numerous to count. My views of Columbia have changed after this brief 4 hour tour. My initial thought was ‘why would I want to visit Columbia’. Much like I felt toward Nicaragua. But after seeing what they have done in the past few years and the progress they are trying to put forth, I think we felt fairly safe here. Nicaragua not so much. There...

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Our 5 week adventure

Mar 19, 2018 - Colombians know how to beach

We have had a few beach experiences during our stay in Cartagena. We have seen more beautiful beaches in our travels, but I must say that these beaches gain on atmosphere. They know how to enjoy their beach time. On the beach you can rent a 'tent' with chairs and a table. In a tent nearby, there is most likely a large group that plays music and dances. On a regular basis, vendors will come by with offers of massage, ice cream, souvenirs and - our favourite - cocktails. One has to be prepared though: Once you buy from one, you will become...

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Mar 18, 2018 - First impressions

I love the first 24 hours in a new place where everything is new; places, smells, impressions. We took a taxi from the airport, and I got to try out the little Spanish that I have learned during 2017. At least Jonathan was impressed: 'Mommy, why do you speak all languages?'. Our neighborhood is Getsemani; authentic colonial style, colorful and lively. Our small hotel Casa Mara is very charming (and from seeing other areas of town in the following days, we are sure to be in the right place). We went to a local square to have dinner, on our...

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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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