Posted by: Gary Guertin | December 9, 2010

19. Panama Canal Cruise–Cartagena, Columbia–Part 2

Hi All,

Again, if you haven’t read Part 1 of Cartagena read it before this one.

In Part 1 we looked at the Port, the Wall and Gates, the Plazas, and finally a Church.  In this part we’ll look at the streets, some buildings, a park, sidewalk cafes, and finish our Cartagena tour.

First the streets, out of eleven photos I selected I’ll show you three beginning with this one which is wide but with plants and art figures:

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Now this one is more typical, all narrow cobblestone:

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or this one with its yellow facades:

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As you can see yellow’s and white predominated the color of these beautiful colonial houses and stores.  Now let’s look at some individual buildings.  First a house with a pale green or lime (most were white or yellow, as I said):

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A beautiful government building near the plaza we entered:

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and a typical yellow fronted building:

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I’m going to throw in one extra, a look at some buildings that must date back to the 16th century or early 17th:

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One look at a park:

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and two of sidewalk café’s:

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We stopped at this second one and as usual were mobbed by street vendors selling everything from jewelry to wooden work like this one:

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At this point Susy and I had a cool one and we wanted to toast to you all:

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At this point I bet you can almost taste the cold Columbian beer.  Ok let’s wrap it up for the day.  The city was all of the above and so much more.  As with Antigua, everywhere you turned there was these doors leading into beautiful courtyards:

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and on the way back to the ship we saw several forts which were the outer defenses of the walled city.

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I have to close this with two photos in the cruise terminal to show you Susy did do some shopping:

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and guess what, parrots (or love birds?):

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Well that it, our last port of call and what a finish to a wonderful cruise.  I will try to post this before we arrive in Fort Lauderdale Friday.  As Susy climbs on the Statendam, I hope you enjoyed this blog as much as we have enjoyed experiencing it.  After I get back, some time next week, I’ll try to do one last blog highlighting the life aboard the Statendam as I did on the last cruise.  Until then, if you want to see these ports in more depth just ask and if you have any comments, good or bad, please feel free to post them on the this site or send an email to Susy (mine is still locked up by hackers).

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Love You All,

Gary (alias Gagu)


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