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Category: Colombia

The Door Knockers (aldabas) of Cartagena

The decorations on many of the doors in old Cartagena tell a story of status; much like the crow-stepped gables…

Old buildings in Cartagena and the wall that makes the city famous

There is a preamble-post that sets the stage for pirate attacks on Cartagena by looking at the relationships of the…

Early pirate attacks on Cartagena that led to the building of a wall

There is a preamble-post that sets the stage for pirate attacks on Cartagena by looking at the relationships of the…

Setting the stage for pirate attacks on Cartagena

Now that the Spanish had “control” of the various Caribbean cultures in Cartagena (see this post), and they had people…

The Inquisition in Cartagena

The inquisition ties together the two previous posts about the peoples and cultures in Colombia. It’s true that during the…

The Peoples of the Sierra Nevada

One of the most disappointing things about this trip was the scant evidence in Cartagena showing the history of the…

Afro-Caribbean Influences in Cartagena

You can find reference to the Plaza de Los Coches clock tower in Cartagena from just about anywhere. And throughout…

The South American Culture Trip

I don’t know how to describe the intent of this trip. The idea started when La Niña was much younger…

A Military Parade

A young soldier looked rather sheepish as he searched my bag before I entered the barricaded area beside the Capitolio…

Pre-Colombian Statues

Close to the Cementerio Central in Bogota, it is district known as Localidad de Los Mártires. It was here during…

Museo de Arte del Banco de la República

There are a number of art galleries in Bogotá… and most of them are free. This particular gallery is one…

Heroes and Martyrs

Generally, I don’t like to visit military type museums… the glorification of war and violence isn’t something I find particularly…

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