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This is our fourth day in Cartagena, and we're still exploring. Club Nautico Marina is still a work in progress, but I can see that it is going to be a fantastic spot. The brand new washers and driers and being installed, and you can see the gleaming stainless steel in the new restaurant kitchen. There is a very handy dingy dock, right at the marina entrance, but it can get pretty crowded. You're supposed to pay about $3 US each day to tie up. There is a water hose, in the right hand corner of the dinghy dock, for the yachts that are anchored. The marina also has brand new bathroom and shower facilities, that seem to be open 24 hours.
Cartagena is another city that is fascinating because you're surrounded by age. You can feel a little of the Earth's age. From the marina, it is about a 25 minute walk to old Cartagena. A taxi will cost you 7000 pesos, less than $4 US. I usually takes us a little longer to walk that distance because there is so much to see. Cartagena is a place that makes me move a little slower.
Cartagena was founded in 1533, and it played a key role in the administration of the Spanish empire. The city came under attack many times, by invading armies and pirates, but the most famous to sack the city was Francis Drake, in 1586. These attacks are the reason why the wall was built around the city. It took 200 years to build the 11 kilometer wall. 25 years after they finished the wall, the Spanish were expelled. So, you're definitely taking a step back in time. It was a particularly singular moment for me when I walked past some street vendors, who had propped their wares up against the 200-year-old wall.
This is an architectural extravaganza, with color all over it. At night, I love the fact that Cartagena isn't very well lit, similar conditions, I would imagine, to the time when they used lanterns to light the way. The streets are cobble-stoned, and if you close your eyes when one of the horse-pulled carriages come by, you can let your imagination run rampant. T