Our last night we stayed in the walled city.
We had quite an adventure trying to find dinner that night. After checking into our hotel we loaded the kids up in the stroller and walked outside the walls to what looked like a promising restaurant on TripAdvisor. We walked up and down the dark street, navigating piles of trash along the broken up pieces of sidewalk. Cartagena wasn’t unlike most other cities we’d visited in South America in that respect. We finally gave up locating the restaurant and headed back to the walled city. We thought we’d have an easier time finding a good eatery there, but it also proved challenging. Eventually, we stumbled upon a tiny local, over-decorated and somewhat dusty Colombian restaurant. The food was decent, and at that point we didn’t really care too much anyways! It was bedtime already for the kids, so we ordered some coconut rice as soon as we sat down in our chairs and they started chowing down. Coconut rice was the kids favorite Colombian treat (after Arepas, of course). It was browned and sweet, cooked in coconut water, and went great with the local whole fried fish they served up in Cartagena. Dinner was long and a little painful with two very sleepy toddlers, but we survived! The next morning we got an early start. The breakfast at the hotel was wonderful and the kids loved all the fresh juices. After that, we started out on a walk around the Walled City.
The lookouts were really fun to see. Took us a while to find an empty one! Popular place!
From the opening you could see the Caribbean, just across the road. It was hot, hot, hot, by this time. We were glad for a little shade.
We’d promised the kids another ice cream popsicle, so we headed back to the center of the city.
While we were waiting for it to open, we grabbed some iced coffees for us adults at a delicious local coffee shop.
The kids were good, with the promise of ice cream looming, and soon they were holding their fruity ice cream pops.
It was almost time for us to leave this beautiful place, but we had one more fun thing planned….the hotel pool.
Just seconds after this picture, Cliff plummeted into the water. He’s a tough boy though, and was laughing it off just a few minutes later.
Olivia was super excited to get to use her “eye-gols” again. Those kids crack me up sometimes. It was a great end to our time in Colombia.
We’d really enjoyed this country!