Monday, December 4, 2017

Tuesday Treasures

Tom the backroads traveller hosts this weekly meme. 

Cartagena Columbia - November 1988

Always ready for an adventure, we took a trip to Cartagena years ago. We stayed at an all-inclusive, the first time we ever did and never did it again until early this year in Mexico.


Not being real beach people here are a couple of shots around the hotel.




Cartagena is a magnificent historic walled city.

Stone fortresses and massive walls up to 20 meters thick and 11 kilometers long surround the area. This fortification was built by Spaniards in the 16th century after Cartagena was raided numerous times by pirates, most notably by Sir Francis Drake.






One thing has always stayed with me. This sculpture, it is a giant bronze casting of a pair of old boots behind the Fort of San Felipe. The sculpture memorialized a poet's love of his old, comfortable and well-worn pair of shoes.









The handsome streets are lined with “case altas” (two-story houses) that were homes to wealthy merchants.

 



Torre de Reloj (clocktower), Cartagena’s most famous landmark, was once the main gateway to the Walled City.


As mentioned we don't like all-inclusives, we'd much rather wander in town and find local places to eat.
One of the places we ate in was Doris, which was close by the hotel. And I still have the menu!





We'll finish back on the beach.







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