Cartagenas de las Indias, Colombia
This tropical city,alive and energetic like the drumming sound of a conga, welcomes curious travelers. Cartagena de las Indias is definitely a living, breathing place of the Spanish-style houses that hosts more than a million tourists a year who come from all over the world. You’ll still find a breezy, laid back ambience; inside Las Murallas 400-year stone walls that surround the city, tourists and locals can walk at a gentle sandal pace in the narrow and winding streets with the bougainvillea-strewn, pastel balconies and a sense of suspended time that depicts an ancient emotion for the heart. Cartagena was founded in 1533 by Spanish explorer Pedro de Heredia.
The city developed into the storehouse for gold and other supplies. This eventually attracted Pirates, Buccaneers and other criminals. Plaza de Bolivar is a strikingly beautiful plaza ringed with trees and two of the town's best museums and colonial houses. In Plaza Santo Domingo there is a Botero sculpture and some great restaurants where one can lounge about looking at the wrinkly cobblestones. Don’t miss the luxury Sofitel Santa Clara Hotel, a renovated 17th-century Clarisse convent. Would you like to try the Colombian ceviche? You should go to La Cevicheria in Calle Stuart 7. Perhaps you will become distracted by the scent of the street food. You have to try an arepa; a flatbread of ground maize renowned in Colombian and Venezuelan cuisine.
This city is also a modern and historic mixed fashion mecca especially in the downtown area. Salvatore Ferragamo's first boutique just opened. It is located inside a colonial mansion in the symbolic Estanco del Tabaco street. Fashionistas storm to partake in Cartagena's fashion scene. Some of Colombia's best designers includes Silvia Tcherassi, Jon Sonen and Beatriz Camacho. The Cartagena Fashion which seeks to promote new fashion talent in the Colombian Caribbean, will be performed again for the sixth consecutive year on 2 and 3 May 2014. Two days of catwalks and musical shows, trade and craft shows, promotions and discounts will make Cartagena Fashion an important attraction for national and international tourism in one of the most beautiful locations in the city with the majestic backdrop of the Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas. Strike a pose!
-Francesca Romana Nastasi
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Article contributed by author and friend of Wearever, Francesca Romana Nastasi. Ms. Nastasi recently returned from Cartagena, and was kind enough to share some of her impressions and photos. Francesca has published three books in Italian, The Stranger (1995), Horizons (an anthology, 2003), and her just released novel, Pommidoro (2013).
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