Saturday, 24 November 2007

Singeing the king of Spain´s beard

When in my second year of secondary school I remember a history lesson about Elizabeth I teasing the Spanish king about possible marriage whilst ordering her bucaneers to raid Spanish possessions in the new world.

Cartagena is one of the places Sir Francis Drake sacked back in 1586.

Surrounded by thick walls this historic city is a warren of narrow streets and old buildings and churches. It is beautiful.

Moored at the quayside is Colombia´s tall ship, the Gloria. Great to sea just to add to the really nautical and naval flavour of the place.