CARTAGENA MOMENTS, PART 1
It’s funny, this trip recap comes quite a few months after my trip. And yet, it is still as vivid in my mind as if it were just last week. I shared previously a teeny bit of my trip in the form of a recap of the lovely hotel I stayed at. But it’s time to talk
We landed in Cartagena rather early in the day, it was delightfully warm, the good kind of warm, not humid. The drive from the airport was relatively brief, about 3.5 miles into the Old City (aka Old Town). Just driving along the coast, feeling the breeze and seeing the Caribbean Sea was definitely exhilarating. As we approached Old City, we could see the fortified walls that surround the historic center. The construction of the Walls of Cartagena was an effort mounted to defend the city from possible pirate attacks. The historic center is surrounded by seven miles of these imposing stone walls, from which you can watch the sunset over the Caribbean Sea. Something we managed to do on 2 of our 3 nights there.
After checking in and getting refreshed, we were ready to set out and explore the town. I highly recommend on day 1, to allow yourself to get lost a little. I always use my first day as an opportunity to roam freely, to find out what surprises lay ahead. I save any detailed itineraries for the days that follow. Reason being, that sometimes you think you know what you want to do and what you’ll find interesting. Interestingly enough, once you get somewhere, once you step away from guidebook or popular tourist attractions, you might be surprised at what holds your attention. You can then make a note of unplanned places you would like to return to and you can squeeze that into your preplanned itineraries. In some cities, I actually jump on a free tour- they usually cover a lot of ground in a little time and its good for bookmarking sights that require further exploring in detail.
So for Day 1, we walked and took pictures, we admired the lovely streets, and aged painted walls that give
I would love to say that I saved the name of the restaurant, but it’s one of those things that was so unplanned. We even tried retracing our steps on the last day and just couldn’t. I’m sure we would have eventually found it