JORGE AND MARGAUX'S WEDDINGJanuary, 2010 in Cartagena
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Ceremony: La Catedral de Cartagena
Reception: Santa Clara (Sofitel)
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- Band: Antonio Florez
- Coordinator: Carmen Cecelia Cayon AKA Chiche
- Band: Emiro & Los Band Biros
- Florist: Andres Cortes
- Cakes/Candies Vendor: Elsy Salgado de Figueroa
- Ceremony: La Catedral de Cartagena
- Restaurant: La Vitrola
- Reception: Santa Clara (Sofitel)
- Entertainment: Cafe Havana
- Hotel: Alfiz Hotel
- Entertainment: Discoteca Mister Babilla
- Hotel: Casa de la Fe Hotel
- Attraction: Boca Grande
- Hotel: Casa del Mar
- Attraction: Castillo San Felipe
- Hotel: Casa del Tejadillo
- Attraction: Convento de La Popa
- Hotel: Casa India Catalina
- Attraction: Majagua Island
- Hotel: Casa Pombo
- Attraction: Museo de Arte Moderno
- Hotel: Hotel Agua
- Attraction: Museo de Oro
- Hotel: Hotel Bantu
- Attraction: Museo Naval
- Hotel: Hotel Charleston
- Attraction: Palacio de la Inquisicion
- Hotel: Hotel La Merced
- Attraction: Plaza Bolivar
- Hotel: Hotel LM
- Attraction: Plaza de los Coche
- Hotel: Hotel Quadrifolio
- Attraction: Plaza San Diego
- Restaurant: Cafe Del Mar
- Attraction: Plaza San Pedro
- Restaurant: Cafe San Pedro
- Attraction: Plaza Santo Domingo
- Restaurant: Club de Pesca
- Attraction: Plaze de la Aduana
- Restaurant: El Santisimo
- Attraction: Puerta del Reloj
- Restaurant: Juan del Mar
- Attraction: Teatro Heredia
"Antonio was great. He took 1800 pictures of our wedding. He delivered the CD of photos the evening after our wedding. I could not have asked for better"
"THis band was great, all 18 of them. They were extremely professonal and offered their playlist ahead of time. We were able to make selections and even request some songs. They definitely kept the party going!"
"She was the easiest vendor to work with. We literally sent her a picture of what we wanted, and she delivered."
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"The best investment we made!!! She made everything happen flawlessly. She was a great planner and trouble shooter for us during our wedding. I cannot say enough about her. You wedding is in great hands with Chiche."
"Andres was the vendor that blew me away. He pulled out every stop for us. The rehearsal dinner, church and recpetion were UNBELIEVEABLE! He is so talented and professional. 100% recommend him"
"This popular spot for long-term visitors, the café is actually a bar located on the western ramparts of the old city. Drinks and food are available and the music options are often house or salsa. The spectacular views are free."
"Although it serves Colombian fare, this restaurant's eclectic menu also includes dishes from Thailand, Italy, and Japan. You can also drop by to have a drink and to watch the activity on the plaza from one of the outdoor tables."
"One of the most exclusive and romantic dining options in town, the Club de Pesca is an all-time favorite restaurant. Situated in the 300-year-old Fuerte de San Sabastián Pastelillo, the restaurant overlooks Cartagena's marina with its many international boats and yachts. In fact, this is the only restaurant in town where you can arrive by land or by sea."
"This friendly restaurant on a quiet Ciudad Amurallada corner is the result of a New Yorker's love affair with the Caribbean. You can begin with ceviche catalina (fish and octopus marinated in lime juice); then try a zarzuela de mariscos (seafood casserole) or perhaps corvina con salsa de cebollin y jenibre (sea bass with scallion-ginger sauce). Ceiling fans, historic photos, and live Cuban music complete the mood."
"Cafe Havana, in the Getsemaní neighborhood, is dedicated to Cuban music. This place also offers decent sandwiches and light fare, and it is one of the more atmospheric places in town. There is often live music and the clientele tends to be mostly foreigners."
"One of the most popular discos, Mister Babilla consists of two rooms, a dance floor and a large bar. It's a colorful and atmospheric place that plays mostly salsa music, but might not get going till quite late. Its crowd tends to be a bit more businesslike and highbrow than other clubs, many of which don't have a cover charge."
"The Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas is the greatest and strongest fortress ever built by the Spaniards in their colonies. The original fort was constructed between 1639 and 1657 on top of the 40m-high San Lázaro hill, and was quite small. In 1762, an extensive enlargement was undertaken which resulted in the entire hill being covered over with this powerful bastion. It was truly impregnable and was never taken, despite numerous attempts to storm it."
"The Convento de la Popa is perched on top of a 150m-high hill, the highest point in the city, about 1.5km beyond Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas. Its name literally means the Convent of the Stern, after the hill's apparent similarity to a ship's back end, but it's actually the Convento de Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria, founded by the Augustine fathers in 1607."
"The Museo de Arte Moderno, housed in a part of the former Royal Customs House, presents temporary exhibitions from its own collection, including works by Alejandro Obregón, one of Colombia's most remarkable painters, who was born in Cartagena."
"The Sinú Indians, who inhabited the Bolívar region before the Spanish Conquest, were legendary for their wealth and stockpiles of everyone's favorite precious yellow metal. The Gold Museum displays a glittering collection of their treasures and pre-colonial pottery. It's opposite the Palace of the Inquisition on one of Cartagena's most beautiful plazas."
"Opened in 1992 on the 500th anniversary of Columbus' discovery, the Museo Naval del Caribe occupies a great colonial building which was once a Jesuit college. It features a collection of objects related to the maritime history of Cartagena and the Caribbean."
"The Palacio de la Inquisición is one of the finest buildings in the town. Although the site was the seat of the Punishment Tribunal of the Holy Office from 1610, the palace wasn't completed until 1776. It is a good example of late colonial architecture, noted particularly for its magnificent baroque stone gateway topped by the Spanish coat of arms, and the long balconies on the facade. On the side wall, just around the corner from the entrance, you'll find a small window with a cross on top. Heretics were denounced here, and the Holy Office would then instigate proceedings. The principal 'crimes' were magic, witchcraft and blasphemy. When culprits were found guilty they were sentenced to death in a public auto-da-fé. Five autos-da-fé took place during the Inquisition until independence in 1821. About 800 folk were condemned to death and executed. The Inquisition did not judge the Indians."
"Formerly the Plaza de Inquisición, the plaza, or rather a tiny park, is surrounded by some of the city's most elegant balconied colonial buildings. As expected, a statue of Simón Bolívar stands in the middle of the plaza."
"Previously known as Plaza de la Yerba, the triangular Plaza de los Coches just behind Puerta del Reloj was once used as a slave market. It is lined with old balconied houses with colonial arches at ground level. The arcaded walkway, known as El Portal de los Dulces, is today lined with confectionery stands selling local sweets. The statue of the city's founder, Pedro de Heredia, is in the middle of the plaza."
"Plaza Santo de Domingo is home to six open-air cafés which serve a varied menu of mains, snacks, sweets and drinks. It's a popular place for people-watching, although prices are a little higher than they should be."
"Visit La Plaza de San Pedro, where you can see the Iglesia San Pedro Claver constructed in 1580."
"Walk up Calle Nuestra Señora del Carmen before arriving at the Plaza de Santo Domingo, one of Cartagena's most popular and vibrant plazas. Be sure to visit the Iglesia Santo Domingo, a lovely 450-year-old church. Take a break at Plaza Santo Domingo for a light lunch or snack at one of the plaza's many outdoor cafes, where you can enjoy the beautiful colonial atmosphere."
"This is the largest and oldest square in the old town and was used as a parade ground. In colonial times all the important governmental and administrative buildings were here. The old Royal Customs House was restored and is now the City Hall. A statue of Christopher Columbus stands in the center of the square."
"Originally called the Boca del Puente, this was the main gateway to the inner walled town and was linked to Getsemaní (the outer walled town) by a drawbridge over the moat. The side arches of the gate, which are now open as walkways, were previously used as a chapel and armory. The republican-style tower, complete with a four-sided clock, was added in 1888."