12/28/2013 - 12/28/2013
Welcome to beautiful Cartagena, founded in 1533 and named after Cartagena, Spain.
We have been fortunate to have been in this port several times in the past few years, usually sharing the pier and getting a close-up education in the loading and unloading of container ships.
The small but beautiful cruise ship terminal is home to flamingos and parrots.
We hired a taxi to take us from the port to the Old City. We stopped for pictures at the Fortress of San Felipe with its massive walls. The fort was besieged five times in the 16th century as it protected the Spanish gold.
The walled city and fortress is a UNESCO World Heritage site, probably not a big deal to the kids playing soccer near the wall – but we were thrilled to be here, able to pose our little Hästa mascot on the imposing walls.
The lovely Old City streets need no further decoration because of the beautiful flowers. Still, it is fun to see the artificial evergreen Christmas garlands! Must be a cold country transplant living here!
The Gold Museum houses valuable pre-Columbian gold artifacts and information about the Zenú Nation’s native people.
The San Pedro Claver church and the cloister courtyard is where St. Pedro baptized thousands of slaves. After our couple of hours in the heat of the city we retreated to the coolness of the Serenity, where we celebrated our wedding anniversary with fine dining in Prego, the Italian specialty restaurant.