A long cruise - Cartagena, Spain - part 3

jim_1 Zone 5B Illinois(5b)July 27, 2014

The population of Murcia is about 400,000 (about the same as Minneapolis). Founded in the ninth century, it is on the Segura River. Like much of the southeastern region of Spain, agricultural exports are big business. We are in Murcia to visit several important buildings, including the Murcia Cathedral and the Casino (not what you might think that is).

As we rode through town, I noted this fountain along a park-like setting next to a cafe.

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jim_1 Zone 5B Illinois(5b)

Apartment living in Murcia. What caught my eye on this building is the roll-down shutters. They appear to be a high-quality wood. I could go with that.

    Bookmark   July 27, 2014 at 4:47PM
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jim_1 Zone 5B Illinois(5b)

It is mid-morning and one customer is sitting in this cafe. Note that the plastic side walls are down to help keep in the warmth. It was chilly on this morning.

    Bookmark   July 27, 2014 at 4:51PM
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jim_1 Zone 5B Illinois(5b)

Another cafe, with locals enjoying a beverage (probably hot chocolate).

    Bookmark   July 27, 2014 at 4:53PM
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jim_1 Zone 5B Illinois(5b)

This art piece is in front of the School of Dramatic Arts and Dance. Lots of color on the building itself.

    Bookmark   July 27, 2014 at 4:55PM
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jim_1 Zone 5B Illinois(5b)

The Episcopal Palace on Plaza Cardenal Belluga is a rococo design. Built between 1748 and 1768, it looked intriguing; however, our tour did not have the time to enter and explore.

I think that was be design, to get us to return. I would have absolutely no hesitation to return to the Spanish cities that we visited. However, I won't fly that far, so I better learn to sail a yacht!

    Bookmark   July 27, 2014 at 4:58PM
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west_gardener

I had a fun looking and reading about your trip to Cartagena,
I can see why you want to go back.
My brother and sister-inlaw, are avid cruisers, and they have found a way to see more of certain places.
They book a hotel room in certain places, then they take some sort of transportation to the next port of the cruise. It works for them.

    Bookmark   July 27, 2014 at 6:21PM
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lilosophie

Interesting places you see.
I am jealous of those who have roll-down shutters, I grew up with them in all the buildings I lived as a kid.

    Bookmark   July 27, 2014 at 7:31PM
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anneliese_32(6)

Was about to say the same about the shutters. I said often enough, if I would win the lottery I would build a house and import the shutters from Germany. Especially the ones which you also can tilt out.

    Bookmark   July 27, 2014 at 7:47PM
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jim_1 Zone 5B Illinois(5b)

I am sure that this is not quite what you had in mind - but this was taken in Gibraltar. I thought that the tile work was a neat pattern. However, the shutter situation is good, too.

    Bookmark   July 27, 2014 at 8:04PM
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