Cartagena was used as the primary shipping hub for the Spanish in the exportation of gold and goods back to Spain. As such, it was attacked and sieged numerous times. The result was a well fortified city with underwater sea walls, forts, and cannons protecting an ornate and beautiful inner city.
Below are photos from Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, the ominous Fort across the channel from the Old Town.
Seafood is abundant and local tropical fruits are everywhere. Food choices revolve around the staples of rice, beans and plantains, mixed with the regional specialties. On her last night here, Christine treated me to a meal at La Vitrola, a posh Cuban restaurant catering to the local elite with live jazz.
|Garlic shrimp over a bed of plantain chips at La Mulata|
|The menu at a local juice restaurant|
|Arepas at a street cart|
Next Stop: The San Blas islands(Kuna Yala) and Central America.