Sunday 12 February 2017
The morning was spent at the Castillo San Felipe de Barajas, the old fortress originally from the 1500's that overlooks the city. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is a must when in Cartagena. Definitely hot in the glaring sun, but have to admit not as bad as I thought it would be. We could at least find some shady spots and there was a bit of a breeze. Nothing like our long ago memories of dripping-with-sweat Bangkok, so this was a pleasant surprise.
The afternoon was just spent wandering, and chilling at the small rooftop plunge pool at our hotel. Actually feels like the adventure has turned to vacation.
Something to be said for being in the right place at the right time though. In our wanderings, I was relaxing on one side of a small leafy plaza while Don went to get a picture. He was just outside what is apparently the best hotel in Cartagena when he spotted some sort of elderly dignitary being escorted to a car by someone in uniform. Don's best guess, an old military general. Unfortunately he didn't get a picture of him (and his wife) because he found out just as the entourage left that it was none other than Fernando Botero himself, the famous artist/sculptor!!! 🎨😃
At El Castillo: