Our flight from Miami was a cool 2.5 hrs to Cartagena on Avianca Airlines. I was most impressed with their service and the nice aircraft. I like the fact that they are part of Star Alliance and can build up my mileage plus account.
After landing we were met by our lovely guide, Sandra Gonzalez and in minutes we were at the Sofitel Legend Santa Clara. When I say it’s beyond FABULOUS, that’s definitely an understatement. This is by far thee best hotel in Cartagena. No doubt it’s the place to stay. You know I only pick the best for my guests. Our Cape Town hotel is where President Obama, Mary J., Michael Jackson have stayed and now here in Colombia is where the attractive actress, Sofia Vegara stays.
The group was set for a horse drawn carriage ride thru the old town before dinner. 4 carriages lined up for us in front of the hotel and just like in Paris with the stretch limos, and in Sydney at the Opera Kitchen with those 3 tier gourmet platters lined up in the dining room; all eyes were on us. Dinner was great and the red and white wines flowed freely. Surprisingly, our lovely hotel was less than a 2 minute walk from the restaurant
Tuesday was a full day and it was a most humbling experience. Our private bus took us to Palenque (pah link Kay). This is where the slaves ran off to hundreds of years ago and today it continues to thrive. It’s about 1 hr drive from Cartagena The people of Palenque have their own language and in their own world. It was a very educational, interactive afternoon. We learned about all their natural health remedies that are planted all over the place for eye, skin and digestive ailments. Upon our return to downtown Cartagena, we were treated to a wonderful 3 course meal. We started with a delicious fish soup followed by roast beef, steamed rice/gravy, and the sweetest red plantain I have ever tasted. By dessert, most of us were too stuffed to even consider..
Tonight it’s happening at the Social Club —- music, salsa and drinks. I tell you, I don’t want to miss the experience but my body is tellin me to stay in and enjoy the comforts of my legendary room. We shall see who wins…..