February 16, 2013
Karmairi Hotel Spa is an outstanding boutique property on the beach outside of Cartagena, Colombia. It's a good place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city but close enough to see the sights. A shuttle takes you into town. The staff is very attentive. Rooms from about $170. Karmairi Hotel Spa, Via Manzanillo del Mar, Cartagena, Colombia; 011-57-1-7040654, http://www.karmairi.com Judy Gordon Los Angeles
August 15, 2012 |
Oh, postwar American dream, what have you wrought? Isn't it enough to have coated one nation in an endless spew of soulless, cookie cutter homes? At Kopeikin Gallery, Alejandro Cartagena's crisp photographs of new suburban developments in northern Mexico attest that clearly, it is not. On the one hand, his images of tight, economical rows of cubes attest to the steadfast appeal of the dream - who doesn't want a little corner of the earth to call their own? On the other, they highlight the extent to which industrial society has preyed on that simple desire, distorting it into something cold and nightmarish.
June 9, 2012
Earlier this year, I took Overseas Adventure Travel's trip titled "Colombia'sColonial Jewels & Caribbean Coast. " Colombia is a great travel destination, with a plethora of learning and discovery opportunities for adventurous travelers. We visited Bogotá, Santa Marta and my favorite, Cartagena. We experienced everything from coffee tasting to mud baths on the Totuma volcano to a visit to the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá. Overseas Adventure Travel, (800) 955-1925, http://www.oattravel.com . Eleven-day trip from $2,945, including international airfare and taxes.
April 18, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Three Secret Service agents implicated in a prostitution scandal in Colombia - including two supervisors - are leaving the agency as investigators seek to determine whether the embarrassing episode led to a security breach. Officials said it appeared that none of the 11 Secret Service agents who allegedly brought prostitutes to their hotel rooms in Cartagena before President Obama arrived for the Summit of the Americas last weekend had weapons, radios, schedules or other potentially sensitive material in their rooms.
April 18, 2012 |
As far as international diplomatic meetings go, the Summit of the Americas in the Colombian seaside city of Cartagena that concluded last weekend may not have produced any memorable initiatives or free-trade agreements, at least not as part of the official agenda. But unofficially, the summit managed to grab headlines after allegations surfaced that U.S. Secret Service agents assigned to pre-arrival security detail for President Obama may have engaged in misconduct, including hiring prostitutes.
May 1, 2011 |
I paused on a steamy February afternoon in Cartagena's Plaza Santo Domingo. In the square's center, tourists dined on fresh seafood and coconut rice at umbrella-shaded tables. At its edge was the 16th century Santo Domingo Church, whose twisted tower is — local legend has it — the result of the devil's failed attempt to demolish the sanctuary. Touts beckoned passersby into gleaming boutiques, while stray dogs, hoping for table scraps, competed with street musicians for the diners' attention.