Falling in love with Cartagena

Yesterday, we flew to Cartagena.  Colombia really knows how to keep things moving at an airport — we were through customs in 20 minutes and made our connecting flight with time to spare.  The U.S. could take a lesson…

Today, we explored Cartagena.  I think we might be falling in love…Everyone has been so friendly so far and the city is beautiful.

We walked all around the old quarter:

Old quarter of Cartagena

Old quarter of Cartagena

We walked on the old walls:

On top of the old walls of Cartagena

On top of the old walls of Cartagena

We sat on cannons:

Robert on a cannon

Robert on a cannon

We saw cool door knockers (apparently, the door knocker used to signify who lived there — lizards were for royalty because of some myth that lizards could detect snakes from a distance):

Lizard door knocker

Lizard door knocker

We stopped at the Juan Valdez cafe (come on, you know we had to…):

Drinking coffee

Drinking coffee

We saw an old pope (not that we even knew it was a pope until our tour guide told us although I guess the pointy hat should have been a dead giveaway):

Pope John Paul II

Pope John Paul II

And Simon Bolivar (right next to the inquisition museum, which we are hoping to visit later):

Simon Bolivar on a horse

Simon Bolivar on a horse

And Christopher Columbus (apparently considered a bit of a hero around these parts):

Statue of Christopher Columbus

Statue of Christopher Columbus

And a famous fat lady made by Botero (apparently, we will see more of these in Medellin, as the artist is from there):

Botero statue in a square

Botero statue in a square

And the creepiest statue ever (apparently, it is supposed to be a priest and a slave):

Creepy priest and slave statue

Creepy priest and slave statue

We stopped at the Hard Rock Cafe (but only because they have clean bathrooms — it was getting to be an emergency — and only for drinks):

At the Hard Rocl

At the Hard Rock

We saw an amazing sunset:

Sunset of the coast of Cartagena

Sunset of the coast of Cartagena

And we finished the day with pizza and popsicles (seriously, they have stores here that sell nothing but popsicles):

Popsicles!

Popsicles!

Tomorrow, we are going on a street food tour.  If we aren’t head over heels tonight, I suspect we will be by tomorrow night….

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