|The Naturist camp, Moho is Down There bang in the middle|
|Eastern Cliff Top Looking South|
|Outer Wall of the Harbour|
|Oil Tankers Waiting to be Towed in by Tugs|
The reason we stayed at the naturist site was down to the logistics of getting back into Cartagena, or put another way: the naturist site was the closest open campsite to Cartagena. We walked and scrambled the eastern cliff to get a view of Cartagena which as the crow flies is no more than three or four miles east. By road it was closer to six due to the rather large lumps of geology that stood in the way.
|Lintel at the Amphitheatre Entrance|
|Fantastic Example of Restoration and Partial Reconstruction to Give a Feel for the Scale of the Amphitheatre|
|Church on the Side of the Amphitheatre (Brilliant video turn of its evolution inside)|
|Sympathetic Reconstruction Again Fantastic Work|
Cartagena is another ancient place, once a province of Rome `Carthago Nova’ (or New Carthage). It was the disembarkation point for Hannibal when he took the elephants over the Alps, it’s also been Arabic and Moorish, but was probably first used commercially by the Phoenicians.
|Sculpture by the Marina|
|Graffiti/Mural in a Side Street|
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cartagena,_Spain (as ever Wikipedia will explain more for those interested).
|The Next Eight Pictures Form a Panorama from NNW to west Clockwise|
|Naval Buildings, New Hospital, Container port|
|Marina, Refinery, Inner and Outer Sea Walls, Castles on Hilltops|
|Marina, Shipyard, Naval Area|
It’s old 2000 years and more, however because of its North African influence General Franco apparently ignored it because of racial impurities. This explains why in the main, the archaeological sites it’s now becoming famous for, lay untouched and undiscovered (shockingly for those from the UK who are used to our history being laid bare) until the very last years of the twentieth century, and as recently as 2008. The current mayor and civic authorities are more than making up for the past now, we are pleased to say.
|Maritime Archaeology Museum (again fantastic and free after 2pm on Saturdays)|
|Peral Submarine http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peral_Submarine|
The drive down was interesting, lots of agriculture; vines, olives, almonds and salad crops. Dotted here and there are dozens of derelict and abandoned windmills, some for grinding grains in days gone by, but a fair majority (we were reliably informed) were for pumping water for irrigation in the days before boreholes and electric pumps.
Anyway enough of the scribble, we’ve landed at a site with fine wifi, so I’ve uploaded lots of pictures enjoy.