La Candelaria

We barely had time to make a quick stop in Bogota’s “La Candelaria” — the old city.  Perhaps we’ll have time to explore more of it in the future, but for now it was wonderful to see the buildings, square and mountains beyond.  Beautiful!

Bogota Street Art

On our final morning in Cartagena, we got up early for our flight out of Cartagena via Bogota, and ate the delicious pastries Luis had brought for us!  Also, it happened (by God’s design, I believe) that we had a five-hour layover in Bogota before our flights out of Colombia.  Sarah and I were headed one way and Chris another, but all three of us had time to rent a taxi to see Bogota up close, including a very special and surprising encounter, which you will see in my post on Friday.

These are some of the photos we took, first, upon arrival at the airport (notice the fun sign), and then on our way to the “old town” of Bogota.  The street art is wonderful!  We didn’t have time to explore some of the more famous areas of street art, but what we saw was beautiful!

 

 

The Dab

These are the final scenes of Cartagena from our Compassion trip to visit our sponsored boys.  What a beautiful city!  We will never forget it, or our Colombian friends that we love so much!  We left early in the morning for a connecting flight in Bogota.  Watch for posts from Bogota next week, but — in the meantime —  can you spot the dab?

Chris’ New Friend

These are the final photos of our evenings in Cartagena, Colombia.

We found a really nice man named Abraham selling original paintings of the city. We purchased some of the small ones and he willingly posed for a photo.  I love this, because it’s the people of any country we visit that we love the most, and we always want to support them when we can.

While Sarah and I were busy buying keepsakes, Chris had found a new friend, too.  They had a great time playing, and Chris was in no hurry to move on.  He took his time with the toddler.  What a hoot!  Sarah posted this on Snapchat.

Colombian Nights

Every night that we were in Cartagena, Colombia, was spent in the old walled city. Even after the shops closed, we would linger each night to see the beautiful sights.  This week I’m focusing on these special evenings.

There were many horse-drawn carriages in the city, for tourists.

Seeing these buildings lit up was spectacular!

 

Unique Doors

The doors in the walled city of Cartagena, Colombia, are unique and special.

You might have noticed a slight difference in the metal hardware on these doors.  We were told that the bigger the ornamental hardware, the more status and wealth resides inside.  Some of the metal pieces were huge; I don’t have a good photo of some of the largest ones, but have linked to more photos below.

Many bloggers have featured the doors in their posts, such as this one that shows many different colors and styles of doors.

Here are some more pics that I took.  Notice the smaller, inset door within the larger one on most of them.  This was more practical to use on a daily basis than opening the larger one.

If the size of the doors and the hardware on them wasn’t enough to catch your attention, take a look at some of the door knockers.  They’re fantastic!

Each type of door knocker is said to have specific meaning, such as identifying the skill or trade of the homeowner — a member of the fishing community, the merchant class, teachers, engineers, high society, military, or royalty.  We just found them delightful to see!

This post features various door knockers in Cartagena — aren’t they wonderful?