Showing posts from November, 2023

Cartagena, Colombia

Exploring Cartagena, Colombia: A Journey through History, Art, and Color Nestled on the Caribbean coast of Colombia, Cartagena is a city brimming with history, culture, and vibrant colors. During my recent visit to this enchanting destination, I had the privilege of exploring its UNESCO World Heritage site, uncovering the secrets of the Fortress and Bovedas, immersing myself in contemporary art at the Museum of Modern Art, and capturing the essence of the city through my lens. Exploring the Fortress and Bovedas  My journey began with a visit to the historic Fortress of Cartagena, a UNESCO World Heritage site that boasts a rich history dating back to the 16th century. This colossal structure, with its massive stone walls and breathtaking views of the sea, transports you to a bygone era when Cartagena was a critical port for Spanish galleons. The Bovedas, once used as dungeons and storage spaces, have been transformed into charming artisan markets. These interconnected arches now house a

Navigating the Panama Canal Once Again

Navigating the Panama Canal: A Journey through Cocoli and Aqua Clara Locks Amidst Drought Concern Transiting the Panama Canal is an experience like no other. Recently, I embarked on a memorable journey from the Pacific to the Atlantic through the Cocoli and Aqua Clara locks. This iconic waterway never fails to astonish with its engineering marvel, but my transit was marked by a backdrop of environmental concerns as news of the Panama Canal limiting cruise lines due to drought dominated headlines. The Journey through Cocoli and Aqua Clara Locks: As our ship approached the Cocoli locks, I was filled with anticipation. I stayed on the bow to watch the whole process. The sheer scale of these locks and their modernity were striking.  Having previously transited from the Atlantic to the Pacific via the Gatun and Miraflores locks, I couldn't help but notice the stark differences between the old and new locks, each offering a unique experience. The old locks, while undeniably dramatic, fel