Pablo, Pirates and Ron - Colombia part 2

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October 5th 2015
Published: October 26th 2015
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So I left you in the last blog with our arrival in the ‘City of Eternal Spring’, Medellín, arriving late and exhausted from a long day’s travel meant we were not quite in a fit state to deal with hectic and unexpected chaos of Saturday night in the Zona Rosa. After a good night’s sleep we were feeling a bit more equipped to deal with anything the city might throw at us. After a hearty br... Read Full Entry

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Shut up Bocogrande!Shut up Bocogrande!
Shut up Bocogrande!

The modern area Bocagrande translates to 'Big Mouth' and it sadly shouts its presence wherever you are in the old town.
More street scenes coming up...More street scenes coming up...
More street scenes coming up...

Enjoy the pretty streets
Within the wallsWithin the walls
Within the walls

The old town area is a bit smarter due to the large number of American cruise ship tourists, if you ever wanted to buy an Emerald, this is your town.
Under the wallsUnder the walls
Under the walls

For all your tourist tat needs
Pirates bewarePirates beware
Pirates beware

The Navy are out to get you!
A bit of Colombian 'Narquitecture'A bit of Colombian 'Narquitecture'
A bit of Colombian 'Narquitecture'

I believe this island home was owned by Medellíns most notorious son Pablo..
Colombians enjoy 'natural food'Colombians enjoy 'natural food'
Colombians enjoy 'natural food'

Two weeks in and I was starting to get a bit bored of rice, fish, plantain...
Crack open the RonCrack open the Ron
Crack open the Ron

When the storms' a coming, better hole up with a good bottle of rum.
Children fly kites in August in ColombiaChildren fly kites in August in Colombia
Children fly kites in August in Colombia

If you paid attention to my first blog, you will know it to be true and here is the evidence. Colombia is windy in August, children fly kites.
It's still August..It's still August..
It's still August..

And the kites are still flying over the town walls of Cartagena.
Castillo San Felipe de BarajasCastillo San Felipe de Barajas
Castillo San Felipe de Barajas

The amazing fortress in Cartagena
Eh, speak up, what was that? Jenkins' Ear????Eh, speak up, what was that? Jenkins' Ear????
Eh, speak up, what was that? Jenkins' Ear????

Building was started by the Spanish in 1536 and we Brits attacked in 1741 during the Battle of Cartagena de Indias, an important conflict of the War of Jenkins' Ear, I kid you not.
The old and the newThe old and the new
The old and the new

Bocogrande spoils the view
Where am I?Where am I?
Where am I?

The castle sits on top of a complex maze of tunnels, at least it was cool down there.
Bad View of Santa Marta BeachBad View of Santa Marta Beach
Bad View of Santa Marta Beach

It isn't a pretty town, sorry Santa Marta but if you will put a massive port in the middle of town.. Nice if you like oil tankers though.
Mysterious (lost) cities of gold..Mysterious (lost) cities of gold..
Mysterious (lost) cities of gold..

The Museo del Oro (Gold Museum) in the colonial mansion known as the Casa de la Aduana (Customs House). All the books said it has an impressive model of the Lost City we were going to trek to, we couldn't find it, they must have lost it..

16th November 2015

Pleasant surprises
It is always fun when visiting a city changes the pre-conceived notions you had about a place. Sounds like a lively and complex city. Enjoyed your blog.

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