TRAVEL DIARY - CARTAGENA, COLOMBIA (PART 1)

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Hi Guys! I've been meaning to write this post since my return from vacation in January but had a few projects lined up that required my attention. It's been about month since my trip and I'm still daydreaming about Cartagena, Colombia. The walled city of Cartagena  is situated on Colombia's northern Caribbean coast and takes under 5 hours to get there flying directly from NYC. The climate is tropical and made me feel as though I was back home in Guyana. There is beautiful architecture all around the city and bountiful fresh fruit and some of the most delicious seafood. Come join me as I reminisce about my trip with a photo re-cap of the beautiful Cartagena!

The city is filled with beautiful architecture and colorful buildings with pretty Bougainvillea and other flowering plants cascading from them. 

Here we are, blending in  with all the vibrant colors. 

These horse-drawn carriages are a popular way to get around for tourists and you often hear them before seeing them. We walked almost everywhere and didn't get an opportunity to ride in one. 

We stayed at Bastión Luxury hotel and the decor reminded me of Restoration Hardware's style with leather chesterfield sofas, earthy finishes, wrought iron and vintage french influences. Breakfast was served daily with lots of delicious fruit and fresh juices. I ate Sumatoo aka Granadilla every single morning to my heart's content. 

We chose this hotel for its central location, chic pool and rooftop that overlooked the city. I lived by the pool for most of this trip.

Shopping can be done right on the streets with local vendors and you will find an array of panama hats, mochilla bags, jewelry and art. Many of the local vendors will work right at their vending station, crafting jewelry and bags. 

After a day of touring around the city, I purchased a hat, mochilla bag and a painting. That painting spoke to me and I knew I had to purchase it the moment I saw it. I'll be following up with a post when I frame and hang the beauty in my apartment. I also shopped at a few boutiques in the city for accessories and ate lots of paletas . Stay tuned for Part 2 of my Travel diaries as I take you through more of Cartagena shopping, eating and adventures!