Cartegena By Area

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Old Town Like many tourists, we chose to stay in and devote most of our visit to the Old Town area, surrounded by the ancient walls and the sea. As we explored the Old Quarter, we ran into block after block contained beautifully detailed, fully restored, colorfully painted 300-500 year old buildings, many with bougainvillea [Read more …]

Cartagena Colombia

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Cartegena, which had been settled since 4000 BC, was founded by the Spaniards in 1533. It rapidly grew into the country’s largest port in the Americas and a major trading center, especially for gold, silver and slaves. The resulting riches attracted more merchants, who built stately homes. They also attracted multiple attacks by pirates and [Read more …]

Bogota Restaurants and Hotel

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Although we were only in Bogota Columbia for a few day, we did our best to explore many of the city’s finest stand most representative restaurants. Our dinner experiences were at: Club Colombia. This is located in a former lovely old home that is now a restaurant that offers good (and we were [Read more …]

Bogota Museums

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Bogota Columbia has many museums. We visited some of the more interesting ones (at least interesting to us), beginning with the two at the top of our list–the Museum of Gold and the Fernando Botero Museum. Museo del Oro, or the Gold Museum, tells the history of gold in Colombia, from its cherished [Read more …]

Bogota, Colombia

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Believe it or not, we have never been to Columbia South America. Sure, the history of drugs and violence has been a little bit of a turn off but we understood that Columbia was getting safer and we decided to make an abbreviated trip there to visit to two major cities, Bogota and Cartagena. [Read more …]

Bonaire Restaurants and Hotel

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Bonaire Restaurants Although we only had five days (lunches) and four evenings (dinners) in Bonaire, we tried, as always, to make the most of our dining opportunities. And since we were on an island, the vast majority of our meals consisted of seafood. This, however, did limit our choices, since the only four [Read more …]

Snorkeling in Bonaire

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Bonaire and its much smaller sister island, Klein Bonaire, have more than 100 dive and snorkeling sites in protected marine preserves. Combined, they provide access to 57 species of hard and soft coral and 350 species of fish, including 111 endangered species. We had a chance to sample about 10 of these sites–six [Read more …]

Bonaire: A Snorkeling Paradise

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We first visited the tiny island of Bonaire more than 15 years ago and found some of the best diving that we had done in the world. It became a place that we wanted to revisit, so we booked 5 days to re-explore the island and the seas.  Bonaire was discovered by Amerigo [Read more …]

Willemstad Curacao Restaurants and Hotel

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Willemstad Restaurants With only 2 days on Curacao, we only had time to visit a few restaurants–two for dinner and the third on our list, for lunch–and then, one waterfront bar. BijBlauw. The restaurant at our hotel was nice and casual, with a handful of tables just barely above wave level (where we [Read more …]

Exploring Curaçao

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We wanted to visit CuraƧao from the first time we saw pictures of the Dutch-style brightly colored pastel buildings. So we made our way to the capital and largest city Willemstad for 2 days. The buildings are even prettier in person. What we didn’t realize, however, was that unless you choose to spend hours in [Read more …]