We stayed in an old colonial home turned hotel, that has only 6 rooms, in cartagena. it holds all the colonial grandeur and old world charm. the magic of flickering candles, the nestled palm trees in the courtyard and the canopies rustling in the breeze above had us mesmerized. it was like being in a bygone era, a time of adventure and discovery when merchants of the spanish empire built palatial properties in faraway lands. we would have breakfast on the roof and take in the breathtaking views after some sun soaking, swimming and reading.
From cartagena, we took a trip to el salar de galerazamba, otherwise known as colombia’s pink sea. it’s a magical looking place, and although it looks like it came from a fairytale, it’s real purpose isn’t so sweet, but super salty. it is located about an hour northeast of cartagena on the coast of colombia within the small pueblo of galerazamba. the sea is actually a salt mine and the bright pink hue is caused by colorful salt-loving microbes which create pigmented protein to absorb the sun’s energy. we were very lucky as the bright pink color is only usually visible for two months out of the year - usually spring time, when water levels are low causing a high concentration of microbes. during the rest of the year, the water is a rich shade of blue, but the color gods were on my side!
this photo was totally unposed and captured by my husband as i was trying to find a spot to take a shot of my feet in the water without the harsh shadow from above! he got lots of hugs and kisses when i saw this! 😆
Whilst walking around in cartagena, one of the things you’ll see on every street corner, are brightly dressed woman balancing fruit baskets on their head. these palanqueras have become iconic in the city; today they graciously pose for photos with tourists, smiling and flaring their dresses for a price (around 2000 pesos per woman) but this wasn’t always the case - they truly were once fruit sellers.
a small village southeast of cartagena, ruled entirely by runaway african slaves, signs a royal decree stating the towns independence from spanish colonial powers; this is the first free town of the americas and the first free people; palenqueras and palenqueros.
the women from this town brought fresh fruit and produce they harvested from the jungle to cartagena each day and sold it for goods and currency they would then take back to their families. they’re a symbol of the strength of the human will, of the fight against oppression, and the resilience of the human spirit. 🍏🍎🍐🍊🍋🍈🍓🍇🍉🍌🍒🍑🥭🍍🥥🥝🍅🍆🥑
Cartagena is the beautifully preserved and deeply enchanting face of caribbean history and mystery. from the moment we drove into the walled city, i knew i had met my rival in terms of color and was mesmerized at first glance. color had a special hold on me especially in combinations, it’s hard to explain. and to see this much in such large amounts is a dream. i haven’t even saturated these photos, in fact, reduced the vibrancy and saturation! 💘💘💘
😍😍 all we can say is wow!!!😍😍 congratulations to our friend @northwestcollective for finishing his labor of love! we hope you enjoy many memories!!!
I had seen a couple of photos of this facade on instagram, prior to my trip. but nowhere was there a mention of how good this pizzeria is! this was the first spot we ate at in cartagena, after a long flight and long wait for our room, where we shared a margherita pizza and bruschetta, to hold us over until our anniversary dinner (we ate at don juan - amazing!). definitely not traditional pizza; the tomato sauce was so sweet, so delicious but very sweet, the base was more like a thick tortilla, and the basil was finely sliced all over the pizza to give it that extra yumminess. in the square in front of it, music played all night, you could hear the sound of people eating and drinking, laughing, talking, kissing, dancing. musicians patiently waited their turn to play, fruit sellers tried to make a sale in the crowds, kids played football, michael jackson even cycled by. (funniest sight ever!) we enjoyed this place so much that we returned before leaving cartagena! save this and try it! so so good!