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On night 1 we blew it out by going to the most touristy place in the city, restaurant Audres la Carta. A 45 page menu with every conceivable Colombian recipe in its pages. A rabbit warren of a space that felt like a junk yard strung together with...
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Today is Sunday (arrrgghhh!), and tomorrow is Columbus Day so everything is pretty well closed for 2 days (smart planning on my part). So after Sunday flea markets (a favorite of mine), we thought we should see the church on the beautiful hilltop...
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Parque De La Sal, Zipaquirá, Cundinamarca, Colombia
While for a tourist, public holidays when things are closed means less shopping, for a traveler like me it means more local interaction. So, Gil and I get on a train to the Salt Cathedral in Zipaquira, about and hour and a half outside of the...
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Today is last day here, so up to Montserrate. No crowds on a Tuesday and the funicular is a very cool way to see the city from an even higher elevation. Awesome views, church was closed, and I was huffing and puffing like I was close to death. But...
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Cl. 25, Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia
This city is fascinating. Equal parts Old San Juan with a historic walled Old Town in the center of tall condo towers reminiscent of South Beach. And in both instances Cartagena is sexier, cheaper, with prettier, more open and accommodating young...
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Exploring the old town by day is beautiful. A labyrinth of colorful, narrow cobblestoned streets where a street empanada maker sits comfortably next to a Ferragamo store. Locals guided us to restaurant San Valentin a local favorite where the menu...
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Cl. 25, Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia
A nighttime exploration of the old town was special. We came upon a full dance performance in a little square, with no lights, just a few viewers and non-stop energy. Then took a horse and carriage back to our hotel (because we are drunk and...
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Cl. 36, Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia
I needed to get a haircut so I come across this hole in the wall - $3 cut, with a $2 tip. In the narrow, tiny space was a barber, a tailor, and a travel agency. Pure comedy. My friend didn’t want to get hair all over a new outfit he 'd just bought...
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Playa Blanca is a stunning white sand beach, with crystal clear water where umbrellas, beds, massages, waterspouts, and service were all inexpensive and easy. Lots of souvenir hawkers but they were nice a respectful, to the point where we invited...
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Wrapping it up with drinks on the rooftop pool at Allure Chocolat (like a W Hotel - with a double room for just $134/night). 5 minute walk to Old Town. I am confident I will return both soon and frequently. I’ve found this trip to be restorative,...