Cartagena, Colombia: Old Town

We arrived in Cartagena from Bogotá in the late evening, just as the sun was setting on the horizon over the Caribbean.  I was glad we got to catch a nice glimpse of it – our first view of the Caribbean!  The drive from the airport to Bocagrande, where we were staying, was really pretty.  Cartagena had a small-town, beachy feel to it that I really liked.  It was warm and humid, and the sun felt hot.  Like, hot hot.  Not just regular sun-hot, haha.  We were even closer to the equator here than we are in Peru.

The first day in Cartagena we started at the clock tower in the Walled City.

The clock tower

The clock tower

There were some beautiful old buildings there.

Walking around Old Town

Walking around Old Town

Beautiful old buildings

Beautiful old buildings

Church

Church

Outside the church

Outside the church

Our little ball of energy

Our little ball of energy

We decided to visit the Naval Museum that morning.

Museo Naval del Caribe

Museo Naval del Caribe

It was an educational tour.  The kids were mesmerized by this replica of an impaled pirate.

Impaled pirate

Impaled pirate

Looking at the "little tiny boats!"

Looking at the “little tiny boats!”

Cliff thought all the canons were trains….so there was a lot of choo-chooing going on during the tour.

Say, "choo-choo!" Huh??

Say, “choo-choo!” Huh??

They got to steer the boat!

Olivia

Olivia

Cliff

Cliff

Sailing

Sailing

And shoot the bad guys.

More modern Naval ships

Modern Naval ships

From the top story of the museum there was a beautiful alleyway.

Beautiful views all around

Beautiful views all around

After the museum, we hunted down the famous ice cream “popsicles” that I’d read about before coming.  After a little searching, we found them, and the kids thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

Yummy popsicle ice cream

Yummy popsicle ice cream

While we had been in Bogotá, I’d found a necklace made of amber, so I was on the look out for more like it here in Cartagena.  Sure enough, I found a woman who was selling jewelry and she had some amber stones!  She took the one long piece she had and made it into two different necklaces for me.

Making amber necklaces

Making amber necklaces

Right there while we waited.  She was a sweet woman. The Colombians here in Cartagena seemed to be especially warm and friendly.  I tried a coco frio next, just a plain cold coconut with the top hacked off and a straw stuck in.

A cart of Cocos Frios

A cart of Cocos Frios

It was refreshing on that hot afternoon.  While I was sipping my coconut, we saw an artist making paintings on mirrors.  It was incredible – he finished each painting start to finish in five minutes!

Watching the artist

Watching the artist

Happy, hot, sticky kids

Happy, hot, sticky kids

It was a fun morning out. We’d already decided we really liked this place!

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