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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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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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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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Jan 14, 2017 - Colombia – Medellin to Cartagena

Our last day in Medellin and I will miss it – I quite like this city and could certainly spend more time here! Following breakfast we take a walk a little further into El Poblado district. Within a few blocks there are streets lined with disco, after disco and bar; guess we found the party district! Everything was closed at this early daytime hour except for a couple of restaurants serving breakfast and a Juan Valdez Cafe. We stopped to try the coffee and it was excellent. Back to the hotel – it was pool time, the morning clouds were giving...

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Aug 4, 2016 - Trip Home

We rolled out of bed just in time to get breakfast at the hotel. We are both running out of cash and don’t want to get any more since we leave Colombia tonight. So, free breakfast it is. It’s actually pretty good with some traditional Colombian food along with fruit, bread, and eggs. I thought we would wander a little bit, but the AC in the room felt so good that we took most of the morning checking email, packing, and getting cleaned up for the trip back. We checked out at noon, just in time. We had to pay a tourist tax. B had been...

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Aug 3, 2016 - Getsemani

I spent the morning wandering Getsemani. B wanted to go for a run, and since he has nearly 30 years on me, I decided not to try to keep up. Walking in Getsemani seemed like a better plan. Getsemani is actually the neighborhood where our hotel is located...just a short walk to the City Center--the Old Walled City. It has been a very run down part of town and not always safe, but their has been a revival of Getsemani in recent years and it is becoming a tourist stop on its own. I think the most unique feature fo Getsemani is the street art...

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Aug 2, 2016 - Isla de Rosario

Yesterday we reserved a trip to one of the private islands in the Islas del Rosario. It is a string of islands that runs out into the Caribbean from Cartagena and folks here have told us that it is as much a part of the adventure of seeing the city as the Old Towne. A bus picked us up at 8:30 a.m. And drove us around for 30 minutes to get us t the docks that are a 10 minute walk from the hotel. Oh well, got to meet some nice people. The boat jetted along the sea, racing two or three other boats also headed out to the islands. This is big...

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