I can’t believe it’s been over a year since we were in Cartagena, Colombia and I haven’t posted photos yet!
It’s our first time being on the Caribbean, and exploring this UNESCO World Heritage site was just an experience I feel thankful for that Alex and I share!
Cartagena was founded in 1533 by the Spanish, so that's 12 years AFTER they were in the Philippines! Look at this awesome view of sea and city.
We visited La Popa Convent
And I am just amazed of religion's reach and its influence on different cultures!
The chapel's ceiling
When we're in a new town in South America, it's always a good idea to visit the churches.
According to my mom, you get 1 wish for every new church you visit!
You could just take your time going around the convent == do you think they use this currently?
Hola Pope Francis!
It's hard to travel and take photos together, so when there's a mirror --- go take a selfie!
Aren't these so interesting?!
La Popa Convent is locatated on a hilltop that was a strategic location for defense against pirates and invaders!!!
There were a lot of religious and historical artifacts displayed.
Cartagena is LOUD. From this spot we could hear different speakers all blasting different songs! I loved it.
There was a beautiful courtyard in the middle. Which I'm sure was the safest place in town several times in Cartagena's history.
Gives off some A24 vibes
I love exploring places with you! :D
The convent has style
Next stop: The Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas!
According to my research, this was the largest and most important fortification in the Americas built by the Spanish Empire.
Similar to the La Popa Convent, this fort overlooks the city of Cartagena and the Caribbean Sea.
There were a LOT of people when we were there. Like Covid didn't exist.
So much self control whenever I see trinkets I want to buy!
There was a performance happening where they were singing with their mini setup! It was amazing.
This place has a lot of tunnels underground, and was also used as a prison during the Colombian War of Independence!
Palenqueras are a symbol of Cartagena's Afro-Colombian community, and are known for their colorful outfit and fruits and veggies!
Peeking inside a souvenir shop
A tiny car!
1 horse power
Love the colonial buildings that are still preserved!
Being by the Caribbean sea was such a treat! Walking around Old Town...
More photos to come soon.. We ate at a top restaurant in town..