Columbian Carriage Ride (Tourist Time)

When in Cartagena, Columbia we treated ourselves to a guided horse and carriage ride around the old city. The sound of the horse hooves on the stones whilst viewing the history from another era was so wonderful. If only it hadn’t been so darn hot!

Over this summer vacation I’ve been taking trips of another kind every Thursday, traveling down memory lane reminiscing about all the traveling we’ve done to various parts of the world as a family.

Thank you for your kindness and patience over the past two months
– regular programming will resume next week!😃






Submarine Maintenance (Cee’s Odd Ball Challenge #26)


Walking out onto the balcony of our ship’s cabin the last thing I expected to see going past was a submarine preparing to submerge!

Submarine Maintenance

Then again, we were sailing into the port of Cartagena, Columbia, perhaps I really shouldn’t have been surprised…


Cee's Odd Ball Challenge







OFF-SEASON for the Macaw (WPC)

This week’s Challenge Word from the Daily Post is Off-Season.

So many things came to mind but alas there were no photos to match these thoughts. I did however come across this little dude whilst we were in Columbia who seemed be having an “off-season“.

Macaws Off-Season

Just what this Macaw was doing I don’t know but it would seem that it’s not just the human race that have Drama Queen’s amongst them. Not long after I took this photo he turned himself upright once again and waddled off.

Me thinks his name may have been Macaw the Manipulator being the attention seeker he was!



Columbian Candy

Why is it whenever holidays are looming on the horizon, I go into over-cleaning mode with all our drawers, cupboards and rooms?

It does however have its benefits as I found these wonderful gems we’d bought last year in Columbia tucked away in a drawer. Little sugar candies, dee-lish!

Columbian Candy

Ah, it takes me back to that hot, sticky day, clomping the streets in our horse and carriage, marveling at the beauty of the old city.

Oh, what wonderful memories. Oh to have an opportunity again such as that… “mum, how much longer?”

An afternoon in Cartagenas!

By the time we had visited the markets in the Old City of Cartagena’s yesterday, which incidentally were originally dungeons, the children had had it. They done so well in the heat but it was excruciating so after we’d been dropped off back at the ship, we had lunch with them, deposited them at kidz club, then headed back down to the dock since it was a late departure.

The plan was to take a taxi back into the Old City for some serious shopping but you know what happens with best laid plans… they seldom happen. Particularly when you come across a field of pink flamingoes!


There was quite the assortment of animals in this park. My goodness there was even a deer, well perhaps a deer’s cousin!

A deer or not a deer, that is the question

There were even the obligatory peacocks strutting around but it was around the corner that we discovered the true wonderland with bird-life.

Macawl cuties - we couldn't get enough

There seemed to be Macaws in every direction we looked. It was glorious!

A couple of birds out for a chat

Selfies with a Macaw proved easier said then done as this one at least much preferred to preen then look at the camera.

Macawl selfies

Preen, preen, preen, that’s all it wanted to do!

Macawls are so cute - even when preening!

We were impressed with the Macaws until we looked up to see Howler Monkeys above us. Hello cutie! 🙂

Howler Monkey - how cute is he?

We almost walked over the top of this colorful creature taking a time-out on the path. The photo is a tad blurry as some fool was attempting to kick it whilst we took photos. In this twots defense I do think he was trying to help the Toucan by shooing it off the path but his approach was a little too much unfortunately.

Tricky toucan - an intersting speedbump!

This next bird was actually the most brilliant orange but being in such dense foliage didn’t make for such a good photograph but I still wanted to share.

A bird that brilliant orange in reality

We had to take a second-look at these ducks to determine if they were real or plastic, they were just beautiful. Oh, and they were real!

Ducks looking like plastic

There was the most delightful cafe in the midst of this park where we hoped to sit and enjoy a nice cold drink as we watched the wildlife strut by but apparently there’d been a boat-load of Australians through hence there wasn’t even a lite-beer available, dang it. Why did we get the feeling this flamingo was laughing at us?!

Dancing Flamingo

Back on board we left the children at kidz club whilst we enjoyed the champagne we’d bought for our Panama Canal crossing but never had a chance to drink.

Another bonus was as it was a late sailing the children were having dinner at kidz club so once we finished the champagne we strolled down to the ship’s French restaurant where we were seated at a table by the window, able to watch Cartagena’s night sky-line disappear behind us.

Cartagena night sky line

What an absolutely delightful day, simply perfect!

What an AMAZING day, AGAIN!!!

It’s been astounding how many times this cruise that from just a basic plan for the day, the most phenomenal day eventuates.

Then again, when a submarine sails directly past your balcony first thing in the morning, you get a hint that something wonderful is about to unfold.

Excuse me theres a submarine outside our window

This structure we passed on our way into port also had us intrigued – fort or prison do you think?

Interesting buildings on the way to port

The men of the family were very excited when we left the ship for our tour bus, they convinced themselves I was surprising them with this gift. As if!

Surprise boyz... NOT!

It was only just on 9am but the thermometer was already sitting at 35C when we arrived at our first stop, the Castillo San Felipe de Barajas. A fortress built in the early 1600’s. It was certainly magnificent, but with the heat and humidity, ugh. 😦

Standing in front of the old city

We saw a lot of colored every day buses driving around the city. The reason they are colored is that “back in the day” not many people could read so instead of writing destinations on the buses, they simply colored each particular destination a particular color and, well its kinda stuck!

Colored Coded Buses

Our next stop put a smile on the dial the little people – a horse and carriage ride around the old city.

Heading off on our horse and carriage ride

In 1984 this walled city was heritage listed by UNESCO World Heritage Site and understandably so. This city is just gorgeous.

Old city roof tops

These colorful buildings were the first we saw after we rode through the gates – it was love at first sight!

Colorful houses

The architecture was so very different through out this city. The children found the various artwork scattered around the city quite interesting also!

Quite an interesting square

Whilst some buildings have been restored beautifully…

Loving this architecture

Some yet to receive some tender loving care…

Restoration work yet to be completed

Some of the street performers we saw had our complete and total admiration as the heat and humidity was unbearable.

Unusual street performers

The street vendors also had our admiration having to carry such large amounts of produce around in such temperatures.

Local fruit seller

And this was just our morning, lol, I’ll save our afternoon adventures until tomorrow since it’s a sea day!