"The nearly 500-year-old walled city of Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, comprises a compact series of neighbourhoods that are surrounded by enormous Spanish walls and fortresses. Pressed right up to the Caribbean sea, the melange of aged buildings inside are painted brilliant colours of blue, yellow, orange, and green. Amidst an enticing labyrinth of architectural attractions, vibrant pink bougainvillea spills over the cracked and peeling paint in the tropical savanna climate."
"Within this setting, the artefacts, history, and people can make for a photographic tableau. Colourful ladies with bowls of fruit on their heads bob pass teenage boys selling cigarettes and sweets. Neighbours leaning out of their open windows to chat with passers by. People dance in the streets and stray cats mingle amongst the street food vendors. The scents of the streets are intoxicating and very intriguing to explore."
A woman sells fruit on the streets
A man pushes a cart through the Gethesmane neighbourhood
The Centro Historico
Early Morning in the Centro Historico
The Los Pegasos Statue
A wall decorated with Colombian colours
One of the many colourful doorways in the city
Cartagena looking miniature from above
The Caribbean Sea on the coast of Cartagena
A local man with a pigeon
The waters of Cartagena
Pigeons fly through a residential neighbourhood
A baseball game on the street in Gethsemane
A bride and carriage in the Centro Historico
Market stalls selling souvenirs
Yellow buildings bright against the blue sky
Private home with bougainvillea in the Centro Historico
An historic church in the city centre
Lookout along the sea front wall
India Catalina statue
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