Sundays in Cartagena are a bit different from Bogotá or Medellin. As a major tourist destination, Cartagena never really slows down the way other cities do in Colombia. In Bogotá, my neighborhood (Chico) was essentially deserted on Sundays. The only signs of life were on the streets closed for pedestrian walking. La Candeleria and Usaquen were the destinations of choice for Bogotanos who chose to stay in the city.
Instead the activities change – instead of business, the weekends are for boat trips to the Islands of Santa Rosario, long leisurely lunches, wandering around El Centro and looking at arts and native crafts, and walking along the beach. Tourists stroll along Bocagrande window shopping at designer storefronts, eating ice cream. The hotels host popular events in Castillogrande, and restaurants and bars feature the sports of the day, to standing room only crowds.
So today, after sleeping in a bit, Iris and I headed to El Centro for another leisurely stroll around El Centro. Sunday mornings are a nice time for this – the streets are still pretty quiet and not yet packed with tourists. (That comes later in the day.)
As we wandered down the tree-lined streets, I can’t help put take photos, even if I’ve photographed these same areas many times before. Somehow, every time I encounter the colorful buildings with the beautiful blossoms on the curving cobblestone streets, I am enchanted all over again.
After walking around the neighborhood and making our way up the wall, we headed to the nearest Juan Valdez..
After our leisurely coffee, we walked back home to escape the heat of the day. Now I am heading back out – to the beach.