A Walk Around Cartagena

Name of walk A Walk Around Cartagena
Date of walk 2012-09-16

After looking at Google Earth I realised that the journey into Cartagena would be an interesting one, as the bay is surrounded by mountains.

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So once again I was sure to be up by dawn to photograph our route in.

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Quite a few others did the same.

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Nearly there now.

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Today we decided to use transport to take us to La Manga for the morning, which was half an hour away by coach. It is a sea water lagoon separated from the Med by a thin strip of land. The picture above (not mine) give a good view. The lagoon was totally still, quite shallow and very clear. We had masks and snorkels but the water wasn`t deep enough to warrant using them. Schools of fish could be seen just by looking at your feet! A great place for children! Today is was frequented by old spanish ladies!

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Back at the ship we had a quick shower and then Brendan and I walked into Cartagena. It took about a minute of walking to be out of the port! We had a couple of hours to look around. The ship from the promenade.

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Once again some very nice sailing vessels.

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A memorial to those that lost their lives to terrorism in 2009. It is actually a lot bigger than it looks.

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The area was full of sculptures.

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A great shopping area, very clean.

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Great architecture. Too many wonderful ice cream shops!

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Today was Sunday, that is why it was so quiet, some shops were still open.

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The top of the Zona Arqueologica.

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The covered zone is what they are currently excavating.

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Many of the side street buildings are being renovated. The frontages are kept but there is nothing behind them.

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Another Teatro Romano.

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They are renovating the Roman Amphitheatre....used as a bullring.

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View out from the ship.

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A tug boat helps the ship out of port.

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Old battlements.

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Leaving the bay of Cartegena.

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Sunset over another cruise ship.

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Cartegena got less than two sides in The Rough Guide to Spain. I thought it an excellent place to visit!
Jo.
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