I knew it, I knew it the second my feet had touchdown in the old town of Cartagena De Indias; this place is dreamy. I knew I would love it and so I did. With its beautiful coloured buildings that make up charming streets with modern restaurants, chic boutique hotels and gelatto as if I could taste Italy again. The centro historico is what I thought it would be; the most beautiful barrio I have ever laid my eyes on. It spills over with charm whether its decorative flowers, picturesque doors or small cafes centered around a green park. I could walk for days without getting tired of these streets. It is the perfect place to enjoy life in a slow speed, sipping wine, eating gorgeous food and watch the world pass by. Another reason why I love Cartagena is its amazing street art. In Getsemaní, just outside the historic centre, you will find a number of interesting paintings which has meaning as well as beauty.
This part of Cartagena which was regarded as dangerous with crime and prostitution flourishing, has in recent years had a good clean up and is now a well known neighborhood for tourists to visit. I love this part of the city. Just like the historic center it as old and new mixed together in a perfect combination, but what separates it form the old town is its cultural and artistic character. It has been known so for over two hundred years since the independence. Craftmen, merchants and freed slaves took Getsemaní as their home and today it is a popular place for painters, photographers and sculptures amongst others to take up residence here. The artistic character is impossible to overlook as you walk down the streets leading to Plaza Trinidad. On Calle de la Sierpe, Calle de Padregal and Calle de las Tortugas you’ll see how past is ever present in the abundance of colourful street art that drape the walls. In Getsemaní the main attractions are the streets themselves. Makes sure you take in what makes this place so memorable.