01.23.2013 - 01.23.2013
The sight of old Spanish fortifications heralded our 2pm arrival - the beautiful bay and lagoon of Cartagena
Pelicans and seagulls are unimpressed by the arrival of our big white ship. The port was discovered and named by Spanish explorers in 1505 and the city is now the 5th largest urban area in Columbia.
The serene Madonna and child belie the turbulent, often bloody history of this place - scene of bold piracy and cruelty with the discovery of "green gold", emeralds, once it became prized by Europeans.
The old city is surrounded by walls constructed by the Spanish over a period of 200 years. They were built to give protection from all the pirate raids.
Our "pirate ship" ride (made even more colorful by dancers, musicians, and our very own pirate captain) brought us to the Old City-not to pillage, unless with credit cards!
Unemployment is high in the city, but there are men working hard breaking up and replacing a street by hand.
The Old City is a UNESCO World Heritage Site - a beautiful place to visit with its colonial architecture and interesting history and colorful shops.
You are not counted as unemployed if you are a street artist or vendor - the quick art this man creates is fun to watch - and a bargain at 2 for $10!
You are here.
Our pirate ship awaits. Fun - but I'm glad we're not sailing in her around South America!