Cartagena

Trip Start Apr 04, 2008
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Trip End Jul 03, 2009


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Flag of Spain and Canary Islands  , Murcia,
Saturday, November 1, 2008

Pete felt there was a small weather window in which we could sail a little further down the coast to Cartagena, so upon the threat of a very painful death if the sail was too uncomfortable we headed off. Lucky for him a relatively smooth ride compared to others and we pulled into Cartagena Marina just as the rain started. We had a wild night in the marina with torrential rain and howling wind. Even though we were tied up if felt like we were at sea as the boat tossed and rolled but better in here than out there.

Woke to clear blue skies, still strong winds so we decided to explore the city for the morning as it was Zac's last day with us. Cartagena is a really pretty port and city, it's Spain's main naval base with a large harbour, nice parks with lots of monuments and anchors, you know the sort of thing... On the hill above the city are the ruins of the fort, roman amphitheatre and cathedral which is nice was with great views. The main street like most of Spain's cities is closed off and full of beautiful old buildings, with cafes sprawling out into the street and lots of lovely designer stores. A great place to walk around.

The afternoon was sad as we said goodbye to our latest crew member, "Zac", who is off to Granada by bus and then onto Athens to continue the second year of his world trip. We will miss him greatly as he was a great travelling companion, either wrestling with the boys or helping them with their school work, watching old movies with me, helping Pete at the helm or the odd meal in the galley. He was very versatile!

Cartagena like most Spanish cities we've been to has the usual habit of everyone out walking for the morning and then everyone disappears and it goes quite till about 4 o'clock. Then bang there are crowds of people out walking again. Everyone is really well dressed (unlike us Aussies) and although the shops are closed they seem happy to walk back and forth.  Bella is tied up along the wall at the main part of the city and seems to draw quite a bit of attention. It's a bit like being an animal in the zoo as everyone stops and looks, we are unsure whether to say hi or not as they look and chat in languages unknown to us with the odd photo thrown in.

By day 2 we moved to another part of the marina for a bit more privacy and where we met a few more cruisers who are also going our way. One of them is an Australian Cat "White Hawk" owned by a couple Paul and Lyn, who are Brits that have seen the light and moved to Australia and in true aussie tradition had us and some others over to their boat for sausage sizzle and drinks. We have to do something to pass the time while waiting for the weather.....
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