• Cartagena’s New City, which is quite near the Old Town, began to develop in 1967. An area of sleek high-rises overlooking Cartagena’s bays, it encompasses the city’s commercial center, plus modern residential neighborhoods and resort hotels.
There are plenty of beaches, as well, all of them public. We noted tent-like open-sided shelters lining beaches; we saw groups of matching shelters, and each set had
a different commercial sponsor.
• We ate in a wide range of eateries, but one of my favorites was San Pedro Restaurant in Plaza de San Pedro, partly for the food (several seafood dishes) plus the smart decor and the general ambience of a bright Old Town location. Quite a few eateries have delightful Old Town settings, I must add.
San Pedro was one of the places in Colombia where we noted the presence of a private guard at the entrance.
My top choice for eateries was the classy Don Juan Restaurant, an “in” spot in Cartagena with a young chef.
The tasty array of seafood openers including octopus
and salmon was the most exciting part of dinner here. I chose fish for my main course, too. We were on the Caribbean, after all.
The interior decor included floor-to-ceiling displays of wine bottles and other paraphernalia running the length of one long wall and with the kitchen visible through glass walls along part of the other long wall.
Overall, the surprise taste discovery for me was octopus, beginning on day one with octopus carpaccio in a salad with tomatoes and avocado at a restaurant called El Santisimo. It was nothing like the foods Mom made.
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