Love in the time of Cholera and Cartagena
Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s literary masterpiece, Love in the Time of Cholera, takes place in an unnamed Carribean port town. However, after reading his vivid descriptions, and spending time in this romantic city, it is undeniable that Marquez’s novel takes place in his hometown of Cartagena! If you enjoy character driven fiction and a great love story, you MUST read this amazing work. One of my favorites!
Cartagena, located on the northern coast of Colombia, is the fifth largest city in the country. It is comprised of 3 main areas; modern Bocagrande, Getsemani, and the colonial old city. The walled city and fortress are a UNESCO World Heritage site. This place has a rich history. The architecture is just amazing. There are bright colors everywhere, and gorgeous flowered vines manage to grow out of a few inches of soil.
One of my favorite books…so jealous that you got to see the area up close!
It was amazing to see the words on those pages come to life… I am tempted to read it again!
Awesome selection of photos and I remember seeing some of those exact same places myself. I agree, it is an amazing city. Especially the old city within the walls. You must have had a blast on Friday and Saturday night there. Ahhh, I’m dying with desire to take my next trip! Visiting Cartagena was a childhood dream and I finally went a few years ago, and seven times since. 🙂
I’ll have to look for that book you mention. I hadn’t heard of it before.
7 times, wow! In that case you should definitely check out the book before your next trip!
Thanks very much for the photos. I just finished this book and great to see the real life inspiration (probably) for the setting. Quite similar to how I imagined it.
Thanks for checking out my blog! Glad you enjoyed the photos. It was really cool seeing the story come to life in front of my eyes!
That is one of my all-time favorite books-Love in the Time of Cholera-. The hopeless romantic. Anyway, I have lived in Colombia for a bit now, and your blog is making me want to pack my backpack and start seeing more of this country. Keep blogging, you do it well.
Thanks so much! In this day and age of text messages and instant gratification, it’s nice to be reminded of Florentino Ariza’s patience!
I’d call him crazy. He’s something society lacks, almost obsessed.
How beautiful! And that is one of my favorites by Marquez. My all-time favorite is One Hundred Years of Solitude. What an adventure! Thank you for sharing.
I’ll have to put One Hundred Years on my reading list!