Cartagena, Day 2

Having walked the streets of the Old City in the few hours that we were in Cartagena the day before, we wondered how we would fill our days ahead.  As we were soon to discover, we needn’t have worried.  After a lovely breakfast with plenty of fresh fruit and eggs, we caught a taxi to go to Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, which was nice but not the most impressive fortress we’ve seen.

Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas

Afterwards, we walked over to a nearby mall where I was in for a surprise.  As a global shopper, I try shopping in most of the destinations we visit but don’t often have successful shopping experiences and I hadn’t expected any different in Cartagena but was pleasantly surprised to find a variety of clothes at decent prices (though it helped that my favorite store in the mall was having a half off sale on all its merchandise).  Adam and I reunited at the food court and headed over to the supermarket within the mall to engage in one of our favorite activities abroad–going food shopping.  Adam pointed out there was a whole section devoted to sugar–guess Colombians like their sweets!  Arms filled with shopping bags, we headed back to our hotel to drop everything off.  We walked over to the dive shop I had pre-booked our snorkeling trip with to reserve our spots for Sunday and then grabbed a late lunch at a nearby restaurant.

Small but stylish, the restaurant had the feel of a tapas restaurant in Spain.  Water streamed across the front window and we were served several complimentary dishes, including these small clams.

El Boliche Cebicheria little clams

Their menu included several creative ceviches so I couldn’t resist ordering one–the presentation was nice but the fish and seafood were a bit overmarinated.

El Boliche Cebicheria ceviche

I loved the look of Adam’s cocktail.

El Boliche Cebicheria cocktail

Then it was onto our entrees–mine, pulpo a la parrilla, was nicely presented and tasty–the sauce was really good and I struggled to identify all the delicious flavors intermingling in my mouth.

El Boliche Cebicheria pulpo a la parrilla

After lunch, we made our way over to Getsemani, the bohemian neighborhood of Cartagena.  The area where we entered was lined with graffiti art.

Getsemani grafitii

Getsemani wall art

Getsemani

The neighborhood was fairly small so it didn’t take us long to see it.  As we made our way back to the historic city, we admired the nice sunset.

sunset 1

sunset 2

As we approached the city wall, we passed by one bride and groom, and then another as we passed through the historic city entry.

bride walking

Cartagena was filled with art installations which were part of the biennial and we saw a really nice one as we walked through the city.

Contemporary Art Bienal

A bonus was this street shot taken from the second floor of the building.

street at dusk

We stopped off at a sushi restaurant near our hotel for dinner where we met fellow New Yorkers who had flown in on the same flight as us.  On our way back to our hotel, we stopped by another supermarket.

Chicken flavored potato chips, anyone?

Chicken flavored potato chips, anyone?

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