Castillo San Felipe – Cartagena’s Fortress

Cartagena, Colombia.

Built high on a hill, the Castillo San Felipe de Barajas is a commanding sight across a canal from the walled portion of Cartagena, the old city. Originally built in 1536, and expanded in 1657, then again in 1763, the fort was the site of several battles over the centuries. At one point, the fort fell to the forces of a French privateer Baron de Pointis. Continue reading

Cartagena – Romancing the Stone Wall II

Cartagena, Colombia.

I don’t know what it is about Cartagena, but something in this city clicks with me. Its crowded, narrow streets would be a horror to drive (as witnessed from the side window of our tour bus). Maybe it’s the historic old forts there. Maybe it’s the stone wall that surrounds the city center, built centuries ago as protection from marauding pirates, maybe it’s the movie, “Romancing the Stone.” The opening photo above features a view of the old walled city was captured from the top of the Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas. Continue reading

Cellpic Sunday – 19 May 2019

Cartagena, Colombia.

Two weeks ago, Cellpic Sunday featured a shot of the high rise buildings at the Bocagrande area of Cartagena. On the way to the dock, cruise ships enter the harbor through Bocachica, a much smaller entrance to the harbor area than Bocagrande. Along the way, I snapped a photo of what looks like an old fort. Continue reading

Cellpic Sunday – 5 May 2019

Cartagena, Colombia.

The walled city of Cartagena, our last excursion stop before arriving in Miami, was founded in 1543. By the end of the 16th century, the city was surrounded by a wall as it became a trade center and a target for pirates. Though the walled city is still surrounded with the fortifications built then, many openings have since been created to support the free flow of the over a million inhabitants of the city, not to mention the thousands of tourists who visit each year. Continue reading

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Delicious

Somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean.

Last Sunday we finally arrived home from a 14 day journey from Los Angeles that took us through the Panama Canal to Miami with plenty of stops in between. Those who have experienced time on a cruise ship know that the great food is one of the major attractions of this popular vacation mode. How fitting that it matches this week’s photo challenge. Patti Moed put together this week’s challenge where she shares some of her favorite “foodie pics”. You can read the entire challenge post here. Continue reading

Weekly Photo Challenge – Wish

Cartagena, Colombia.

This week, Jen H. asks us to share a wish. Her visit to Japan acquainted her to the ema, a Shinto shrine upon which people can share their hopes and dreams. You can read the entire challenge post here. For my entry, I chose a clock tower inside the walled city of Cartagena. Continue reading

Weekly Photo Challenge – Quest

quest-4Panama Canal Zone.

This week, Cheri Lucas Rowlands asks us to share a quest. You can read her entire challenge post here. For me, one journey that I hoped to take led us to the Panama Canal. I don’t even know why that was an important goal for me. Continue reading

Weekly Photo Challenge – Fun!!


Somewhere in Latin America.

This week, Michelle W. asks us to share an image that brings out the Fun! in life. You can read the entire challenge post here. Of course, virtually all of my pics were taken for the fun of it, however in this sampling, I chose to select some photos of fun activities. The photo above features a clown that hopped on our horse-drawn carriage and whistled his way to a photo and a tip.  The story of our day trip to Cartagena, Colombia can be found hereContinue reading

Weekly Photo Challenge – Enveloped


Cartagena, Colombia

This week, my entry in the photo challenge takes us to South America. Krista challenges us to share our interpretation of “enveloped”. You can read her entire challenge post here. In scanning my library of photos, I came upon a handful of images, mostly of cloud-shrouded mountains. Continue reading

Cartagena – Romancing the Stone Wall

Old Cartagena

Cartagena, Colombia

It was 1984 when I saw Joan Wilder travel to Cartagena Colombia to rescue her sister from kidnappers. With the help of Jack Colton, Joan has an adventure in Colombia that is worthy of the protagonist in the novels she writes. Continue reading