S: Cartagena Memories
FC: Cartagena Memories Photography by Andrej Borzuchowski
1: Cartagena the Indias was founded on June 1 1533 by Spanish commander Pedro the Heredia. The history of this town is as colorful as the Spanish architecture of the old buildings. This place was taken over by pirates, it host inquisition, was the largest gold market and later slavery market in South America. Today this city metropolitan area has population of 1,240,000 and is fifth largest urban cities in Colombia. Everyone will find here something to do, to see and enjoy. The historical downtown is packet with museums, historical sites, art galleries, restaurants, and night clubs. Well maintain comfortable but very accessible hotels as well as extremely luxurious ones are here on every street. People of Cartagena are welcoming and friendly, tourists will fill here like the best guest from the first day of their visit. If you ever plan to travel to Colombia, Cartagena is the place to experience first, after that chances are you will be coming for more! Bellow from the top old Spanish fortress at the sea gate to town, Fortaleza San Filipe de Barajas, Boca del Toro modern part of town, old jail, and the reminding fragment of “Old City” city walls.
2: Old city walls, another typical example of Spanish architecture. Interesting to notice is the fact that material to build this massive structure comes from the ocean - the walls are made mostly from the coral! This explains why most of the local beaches sand color is gray. | Cathedral the San Pedro could be seen from almost every place in Cartagena its architecture is a clear example of this city Spanish root.
3: On the left is example of typical street in the historical downtown of Cartagena. The balconies, door ornaments, buildings textures and colors are just like the time had no effect on this magical place. | The Carthaginians take real pride of their city. Streets are clean, people friendly, flowers and tropical vegetation is present in all possible places. Visitors here can fill safe and welcome. This photograph was taken in one of many local universities.
4: The old walls of Fortaleza San Felipe de Barajas are still towering over the city. This fortress use to be Spanish military base, design to defend any invader. Now serves as the museum and a symbol of Spanish power over the Caribbean region.
5: On the left, the front entrance is guarded by militants dressed in traditional uniforms. Above, old cannons facing the city. Bellow fragment of massive forth construction. Inside of this thick walls host a labyrinth of tunnels secret passages, weapons storage rooms, interrogation chambers and prison cells.
6: Left; typical windows protected by colorful wooden trellises. Bellow casino sign in modern part of the city. Bellow, restaurant name engraved in ceramic tile. Clay tile roof overhang - typical window finish.
7: Boca del Toro modern architecture as seen from the walls of the old town. Bellow; old doors and balconies carefully crafted wooden and steel details make every place unique.
8: Lanterns, color accents, flowers add to the character of Cartagena. | Ornamental door nabs, knockers, pins are decorating every household.
9: All of the buildings here are framed by trees and flowers, contrasting colors contributes to the city distinctive character. | Left – rounded entrance door framed by the blue contrasting wall of the building. Right – gorgeous interior patio balconies. | Left - Typical city ride. Right – Balcony decorated with flowers.
10: Peninsula Boca del Toro, is located just couple of miles west from historical “Old Downtown”. One will find here many modern, comfortable hotels placed just a fief steps from the edge of sea. This is very attractive part of the land in Cartagena where high humidity could be a problem during rainy season. Boca del Toro is very long and narrow, constant gentle sea breeze make this place a perfect location for wealthy Colombians and celebrities from around the globe to settle.
11: Left are just three examples of new construction. Bellow red tanker over new town background Right just completed apartment building | In this neighborhood construction is blooming, new buildings, wide clean roads, parks, schools are just being finish or they are under construction. Architecture here is very exotic, curved buildings, beautiful exterior and interior finishes, large open spaces, overhangs, canter livered balconies make impression like this place is a modern architecture exhibition not a living town.
12: Cartagena would not be such a great experience without the warm, friendly people, they really make enormous contribution to the overall visitors impression. During the day streets are always flowing with locals, small street food and fruits vendors offer great variety of local specialties. Right bellow - Woman from the bakery located just beneath my downtown hotel. Center - Beach fruit stand. Left - Local candy vendor. Left Center - Great smile from a local man and obviously New York Yankees fan.
13: Left- Chorizo stand Right - Lemonade vendor | Left - Street fruit stand Right - Cigarette and news anyone | Left - Ice cream street vendor Right - Fruits stand
14: Colombia is the country of the fruits. Freshly picked vitamins in their best form are available here on every corner. | This is where you will experience what freshly squeezed juice really means, just pick your fruit and watch it transfer to the refreshing drink.
15: Here just some of the women in Cartagena. The empanada stand owner, typical to the region woman selling fresh fruits called Palenquera, old homeless woman, university student and of course ever present tourist photographer.
16: Night life in Cartagena offers many attractions, the city is filled with upbeat clubs and great restaurants people enjoy their company toasting local drinks or simply dance the night away.
17: So many things to eat, so little time... | Jest a fief examples of local cuisine.
18: Vivi on a boat ride in front of Boca del Toro. Our hotel room in "Old Town" was very comfortable and spacious. Viviana - my real reason for this wonderful Caribbean vacations. Well, much more than that, but this is a different story. | Botero's famous "Big Butt Naked Women" Not as comfortable as it may look. Just resting between dives on the secluded white sandy beach. My "Number One" of all of them fresh Maracuya (passion fruit) juice.
19: Cartagena the Indias the last look at the city by Caribbean Sea where all begins… It was my second time here and once again I had a great time in this tropical filled with history, incredible architecture, smiling happy people and music city. I am sure that here everyone will be able to satisfy their expectations of what vacation should be, the only sad part is that time here runs out too quickly. Nights are too short, and believe me days could never end. I hope this short documentary will spark your curiosity to experience what I call introductory window to beautiful Colombia.