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From the New York Times Travel Section this weekend, they have this headline: 36 Hours Cartagena with these highlights by Shannon Sims with photographs by Tony Cenicola: “Cartagena can be so hot (even with the ocean breeze and occasional tropical downpour) that visitors may feel like they are drifting through a dream world of cobblestone lanes and Afro-Colombian drum beats. For a robust introduction, explore through two adjacent, walkable neighborhoods. The Old Town is still surrounded by the stone walls built by the Spanish colonists, who also left behind opulent mansions and churches. Neighboring Getsemani is an artsy, semi-residential enclave with a popular street-party scene, overlooked by the 16th-century fortress that looms on a hill nearby.”


We super loved Cartagena when we did our adventure there during a Panama Canal cruise as detailed in the live/blog connected below  This NY Times profiles provides a wide range of potentials for restaurants and bars. shopping, attractions and outdoor activities, where to stay and getting around.  Many visuals and options to review and consider.  


Here is more: "Some of Cartagena’s most exquisite moments are impromptu scenes found when strolling aimlessly through the Old Town’s narrow streets, past bougainvillea-covered colonial buildings and palm-tree studded squares. Walk through Parque del Centenario, a compact park that some monkeys and sloths call home."


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THANKS!  Enjoy!  Terry in Ohio


Panama Canal? Early 2017, Fort Lauderdale to San Francisco adventure through Panama Canal.  Our first stops in Colombia, Central America and Mexico, plus added time in the great Golden Gate City. Now at 32,278 views.



Here is their exciting cover visual used to illustrate this NY Times profile.:

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Below are some of my visuals from our visit to Cartagena in early 2017 as we were on our way to go through the Panama Canal in an adventure going up to San Francisco.  


There is much to experience and enjoy in Cartagena.  Much more to share later.  Feel to share your loves and visuals from visiting Cartagena. 


THANKS!  Enjoy!  Terry in Ohio


Canada 2022/2023: Scenic visuals, details from Canada Maritimes (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Cape Breton Island).  Plus, new from Aug. 2023, exploring historic/charming Quebec City.   

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From our 2017 visit to Cartagena, here is a small, initial visual sampling.  As our ship approached, this first picture shows the new, high-rising urban growth for this large city.  But, then you get a sampling of the history, charm and character that is present in Cartagena.  Yes, there is a large fortress there going back to the early Spanish days.  Lots to see and enjoy there!!:

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From Travel+Leisure magazine late last month, they had this headline: 50 Best Places to Travel in 2024" with this portion of their sub-headline:  "Where to go for cultural immersion and major travel bragging rights.


Here are some of their reporting highlights about Cartagena, Colombia: “A perennially hot destination, Colombia is coming into its own as a luxury escape these days, thanks to a ton of excitement in and around Cartagena. Sustainability minded travelers can find their fit at Blue Apple Beach, an eco-hotel on Tierra Bomba Island, just off the coast.   In 2024, Disney's “Encanto”-themed tour of Colombia will debut, shining more light on Cartagena, one of the many stops on the itinerary.”


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THANKS!  Enjoy!  Terry in Ohio   


Norway Coast/Fjords/Arctic Circle cruise from Copenhagen, July 2010, to the top of Europe. Scenic visuals with key tips. Live/blog at 249,559 views.


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