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Sun-drenched Cartagena

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No need for expensive boat-sponsored tours here! Cartagena (say “Carta-HAY-na) is a friendly, walkable seaside town with a well-marked path to all the best tourist sights.

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It’s the kind of city where palm trees sway in the ocean breeze, a broad fortress tops every hill, Roman ruins lie surrounded by condos and shoe shops, and dinner-plate-sized fudge-covered cookies from the best bakery in town go for less than two Euro.

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As I’m writing this for you, we’re on our balcony after a happy day of strolling and sight-seeing. Even here at the port, we can sill hear the catlike screeching of the peacocks at the Castillo Conception. In the afternoon sun, the water of the marina looks like liquified turquoise. Twelve stories below us, local kids in red and yellow kayaks are shouting and splashing and battling it out with paddles.

We’re well-rested, well-fed, and absolutely content — and could only be happier if all of you were with us!

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