A long cruise - Cartagena, Spain - part 8

jim_1 Zone 5B Illinois(5b)July 31, 2014

The Cartagena city hall was begun in 1900 as the city became more important in the southeast part of Spain, due to its natural harbor. I have read that the interior is spectacular; of course, I did not go inside! What a turkey I am!

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jim_1 Zone 5B Illinois(5b)

It took a lot of searching on my part to find out anything. This carousel is powered by steam and was built in 1886. It is on Plaza Jose Maria Artes near the city hall.

Our guide from Spaindaytours had given us some time to wander a bit and just take a break from the tour up to that point.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 12:05PM
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jim_1 Zone 5B Illinois(5b)

A lottery booth in the old town area of Cartagena, Spain.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 12:07PM
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jim_1 Zone 5B Illinois(5b)

I missed this before.

The tower/dome of Cartagena's city hall. Art Nouveau was the rage at the time. I like that style of architecture.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 12:09PM
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jim_1 Zone 5B Illinois(5b)

Another Art Nouveau building in the old town of Cartagena is the Grand Hotel. Sadly it is now only offices.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 12:11PM
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jim_1 Zone 5B Illinois(5b)

Opposite the Grand Hotel on San Sebastian Plaza is this tribute to Santa Maria Soledad Acosta, the found of the order of Servants of Mary, Minister to the Sick. It has a light immediately above it; I would guess that it really stands out at night.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 12:13PM
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jim_1 Zone 5B Illinois(5b)

Apartment living in the old town area of Cartagena Spain. There are really cool buildings in this city.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 12:15PM
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jim_1 Zone 5B Illinois(5b)

A café in the CartagenaâÂÂs old town, El Pico Esquina offers indoor dining (white table cloth-type), along with in the sun and under an awning. It appeared to be a great place.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 12:19PM
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jim_1 Zone 5B Illinois(5b)

A neat wine and gift shop. Spanish wines are sooo good! We tried to bring back several; however, they were consumed in our cabin.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 12:21PM
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jim_1 Zone 5B Illinois(5b)

ValorâÂÂs Chocolate has been a huge presence in Spain for more than 120 years. Their cafes are in all major cities. On the ship, we had asked about must-do things in Spain - all the crew members said the same - Hot Chocolate. Served with churros (a deep-fried pastry), it is decadent. Remember, 1 Euro equals $1.35USD

The missus sat there for a long time, holding court with Cruise Critic friends, while I did my exploring.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 12:24PM
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jim_1 Zone 5B Illinois(5b)

We sat outside Valor's Chocolate on Plaza del Ayuntamiento and watched the people go by. This is a peek inside their shop. Gelato, bon-bons, churros and packages of goodies are available. Yum!

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 12:27PM
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lilosophie

The Grand Hotel looks like a confection...

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 9:50PM
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