Walking around the old town in Cartagena is a joy. It is an explosion of colour and of old world charm. It is a World Unesco Cultural Heritage site so it is protected from change. Everywhere we noticed old buildings being restored. It reminded us of Cuba, but the area is better preserved and cleaner than we noticed in Cuba.
This is the main entrance into the old city, Cartagena was an area where African slaves were brought to Columbia so the descendants of the city have a lot of African blood in them and it is noticeable in their culture, the colours, the paintings and the dancing.
This is the Fort that protected the land and we were able to climb to the top and see the views and hear graphic tales about where all the attackers were killed. The guides' English was sufficient but his vocabulary was not the best so the fact that they were all kill ed featured in his description several times.
Our second day wandering around in old town we came upon some Universities. This is the inner courtyard of the University of Cartagena, we think they were having an open house because we were able to wander around the campus and there were displays about the courses offered.
We rested up in a KGB bar that had all sorts of memorabilia from Russia on display. We spent some time watching the latest May Day parade in Red Square with Putin supervising. Barry was fascinated with the fancy planes that were flown over , I marvelled at the precision of the marching of the soldiers.
The traffic is horrendous in the old town, the narrow winding streets result in gridlock at any given time. The common practise of courteous driving has not come to Columbia and they squeeze into what ever lane they wish and bully their way through the traffic.
When we saw this truck stall on a busy bridge Barry joked that this is what was needed to make your way through the gridlock!! Both the men in the vechicle turned away as I was taking a picture, we were surprised not to be yelled at!!