Thursday, April 18, 2013

Cartagena, Colombia, Day 1

After hanging out with Chang the night before in Bogota, I flew to Cartagena for 3 nights for some fun in the Caribbean sun.  Here are the photos.

The pool at Casa Relax, my hotel (my room was to the right of this photo).

Looking down the street from my hotel, in the Getsemani district of the old town.

Iglesia de Santisima Trinidad, Getsemani

This dodgy-looking street was a feature of my daily walk(s).

Looking down the Muelle Turistico de los Pegasos towards Puerta del Reloj (El Centro, Cartagena).


The same.


Juxtaposition of statues and buildings, El Centro.

Iglesia de San Pedro Claver

Monumento a Pedro de Heredia, Plaza de los Coches (with Puerta del Reloj in background).

Plaza de los Coches

Plaza de los Coches

Monumento a Pedro de Heredia

Corner of Proclamacion Roman and Candilejo, El Centro.

I went into the Cathedral as my first order of business.

Here are some Catedral photos.



Argentina is far from Colombia, but continent-wise, Pope Francis is one of theirs.






Looking down the street from Catedral.

Catedral




Plaza de Bolivar




Looking through Plaza de Bolivar towards Museo del Oro y Arqueologia.

Plaza de Bolivar

Time to enter the Museum of Gold and Archaeology.






The Zenu people are the indigenous people of the area around Cartagena.






I thought this caterpillar was pretty cool.

The Palacio de la Inquisicion, site of torture and hundreds of executions.

Inside the Palacio.

Palacio de la Inquisicion

This is worth clicking on to open.

One example of a torture device for suspected witches and warlocks.

The rack

Egad...

The guillotine was out back... and it was used frequently.


Back outside, it was time for a mindless walk in El Centro.



I made a reservation with this diving shop (Diving Planet) for the following morning.

Kids walking along Las Murallas (the city walls).


Time for a stroll along Las Murallas.




The ugly blogger himself.

Situated on Las Murallas, Cafe del Mar is a pretty expensive place; however, it's more than worth it for the view.


Time for some aguardiente, the Colombian poison (similar to ouzo).  

This dish was close to $30, but the flavor was amazing.  I'd get it again.

Kitesurfers on the Caribbean.

Sunset time!

Like New Orleans, Cartagena is magnificent at night.

I think this gentleman would agree.





Iglesia de San Pedro Claver




Statue of Columbus in Plaza de la Aduana.

Looking towards the Iglesia de San Pedro Claver from Plaza de la Aduana.

Time to head home for the night through Puerta del Reloj; had to meet at the dive shop at 7:30am!

Coming up = a trip to las Islas del Rosario.  Stay tuned.

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