Aerial View of Cartagena

It was my last morning in Cartagena.  I had been eyeing this building for days and had determined early-mid morning would be optimal light.

The Goal: Office Building Roof Just Outside the Walled City

So I walked over from the hotel and found the requisite shotgun toting guard at the door.  For 10 minutes, I repeatedly tried to explain to him that I wanted to shoot some photographs from the top.  He finally told me to go to the sixth floor to get clearance.  I think that he thought I wanted to film a movie.

Once into the elevator, I punched the top floor.  I walked into an office that seemed like the proper side and asked the rather surprised receptionist if I could shoot some pics.  She smiled indulgently and motioned me toward a door that lead onto a large wraparound building…perfect!  Here are a few of the results.

Clock Tower Entrance to Cartagena

View of Causeway Toward the New City-btw, Never Went There

Above the Old City of Cartagena

Cartagena, Colombia

I shot for about 20 minutes and then had to beat a hasty retreat to the hotel, grab my backpack and catch a cab to the airport for the flight to Medellin.




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6 Responses to Aerial View of Cartagena

  1. Judie DePesa April 19, 2011 at 7:04 am #

    Beautiful photos; Philip! Worth the effort it took to get them!

    • Philip April 19, 2011 at 3:46 pm #

      It made my stay in Cartagena feel complete.

  2. Stephanie April 19, 2011 at 3:04 pm #

    Great photos! I really should be more adventurous and ask for admittance to various locations to take the shots I really want to take.
    Stephanie recently posted..5 Things I Love About Buenos Aires

    • Philip April 19, 2011 at 3:45 pm #

      Thanks Stephanie. Yeah, just go for it. The worst that can happen is they say no. Then ask again…and again.

  3. Alisha April 22, 2011 at 3:47 pm #

    Great Pics Phillip! It makes me even more excited about visiting Cartagena in July!

    • Philip April 22, 2011 at 4:06 pm #

      Thanks for stopping by Alisha. Cartagena is a beautiful city. I suggest getting out to walk every day between 3 & 5 when the breeze cools things off a bit.

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