USTOA Living Local with Kelley Ferro: Shopping in Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena de Indias, Colombia is an extraordinary seaside city where modern and age-old cultures blend together, radiating a vibrant energy that is transparent in the people, food, art, and culture. Join travel expert, video journalist and contributor to Tripfilms.com Kelley Ferro as she journeys through Cartagena meeting locals, learning to dance salsa, and much more with USTOA member Avanti Destinations.

In this, the fourth in a series of videos, we get a tour of the all the shopping options around town!

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Day 2: Travel with David Cogswell and Avanti to Salvador da Bahia, Brazil!

Tonight begins the independent part of my trip, four more nights in Salvador on my own. I will not be bound to any schedule, but I also won’t have the support of an expert Salvadorian at my side as I explore the city…

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Travel with David Cogswell and Avanti to Salvador da Bahia, Brazil!

David is a writer for TravAlliance and with Embratur (Brazil Tourism Office), LATAM Airline Group and Avanti Destinations, he’s going to be reporting on his trip. This is the first article of several that we’ll be sharing with you.

David Cogswell in Salvador

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USTOA Living Local with Kelley Ferro: Nightlife in Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena de Indias, Colombia is an extraordinary seaside city where modern and age-old cultures blend together, radiating a vibrant energy that is transparent in the people, food, art, and culture. Join travel expert, video journalist and contributor to Tripfilms.com Kelley Ferro as she journeys through Cartagena meeting locals, learning to dance salsa, and much more with USTOA member Avanti Destinations.

In this, the third in a series of videos, we get an exclusive eye on the exciting nightlife!

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USTOA Living Local with Kelley Ferro: Food in Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena de Indias, Colombia is an extraordinary seaside city where modern and age-old cultures blend together, radiating a vibrant energy that is transparent in the people, food, art, and culture. Join travel expert, video journalist and contributor to Tripfilms.com Kelley Ferro as she journeys through Cartagena meeting locals, learning to dance salsa, and much more with USTOA member Avanti Destinations.

In this, the second in a series of videos, we get the delicious details on what it’s like to shop, cook, and eat like a local!

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USTOA Living Local with Kelley Ferro: Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena de Indias, Colombia is an extraordinary seaside city where modern and age-old cultures blend together, radiating a vibrant energy that is transparent in the people, food, art, and culture. Join travel expert, video journalist and contributor to Tripfilms.com Kelley Ferro as she journeys through Cartagena meeting locals, learning to dance salsa, and much more with USTOA member Avanti Destinations.

In this, the first in a series of videos, we get an overview of Kelley’s experience in, and with the people of, Cartagena. Scrumptious food, receptive locals and incomparable colonial architecture, oh my! Let this Caribbean gem take you back to another time!

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10 PLACES TO VISIT THAT ARE UNDER THE RADAR – GHENT

Ghent, Belgium: A much overlooked Belgian city, as tourists focus on Brussels and Bruges. Only 45 minutes from Brussels, Lonely Planet has called it “Europe’s best kept secret”. It’s an architectural gem, made up of castles, cathedrals and museums.

Climb the historic Belfort Tower which affords amazing views of the city. Just opposite is St Bavo’s cathedral, where you will find the renowned 24 panel Ghent Altarpiece, or often referred to as the “Adoration of the Lamb”. It was stolen by the Nazis during WWII, and its subsequent recovery was the focal point in the recent George Clooney film, “The Monument Men”. Another attraction is the 12th century castle of the Counts (Gravensteen). The castle had been damaged but eventually repaired enough to allow people to travel

Through it and climb on top. Partially surrounded by a moat, there is a macabre torture museum, including an actual guillotine. Do try one of the traditional Flemish treats called “Ghent Noses”; cone shaped raspberry flavored candy. From a historic American standpoint,Ghent is famous as the site where the Treaty of Ghent was signed, essentially ending the War of 1812 between the United States and England.

Avanti Hotels
Best Western Hotel Chamade 3*
Best Western Residence St Georges 3*
Hotel de Flandre 3*
Ghent River Hotel 3*
Grand Hotel Reylof 4*

Avanti Tours to/from Ghent
Bruges and Ghent Full-Day Tour from Brussels (9 hrs)

Private Half-Day Tour of Ghent (5 hrs)
Private Full-Day Tour of Ghent (8 hrs)

 

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USTOA and Avanti Destinations Travel Together to Cartagena, Colombia!


USTOA Travel Together: Cartagena de Indias

Located in the northern part of Colombia on the Caribbean coast, Cartagenade Indias is an extraordinary city in which modern and age-old cultures blend together to make one of the most magical places in the world. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Cartagena has a historic center. It also has a steady climate, making it a year-round destination. This beautiful city has everything for a demanding tourist: gastronomy, culture, romance, history, rhythm, beaches, water sports, world class shops and friendly locals who make travelers feel right at home.

Not to be missed highlights include the wide variety of historic walls and fortifications, plazas and squares, and museums. Specific sites include the Museum of History Palace of the Inquisition, Gold Museum Zenú, Caribbean Naval Museum, Museum of Modern Art, Casa Museo Rafael Núñez, Gate and Clock Tower, Sanctuary Popa and Teatro Adolfo Mejía. There are also white sand beaches surrounding the city in the Rosario Islands and Baru, which include coral reefs, making them a sanctuary for marine fauna and flora.

Experience Colombia:

Kelley Ferro, travel expert, video journalist and contributor to Tripfilms.com, and AFAR Magazine Ambassador Sherry Ott traveled to Cartagena de Indias in Colombia with USTOA Active Member Avanti Destinations in early December. Here are some images for their extraordinary trip!

So my hotel in #Cartagena is pure magic. This trip is starting off with a bang! #traveltogether @justinweiler

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I don't get squeamish easily but this little chicky got me good. #traveltogether @ustoa

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On a boat! Ready to explore the Rosario islands, snorkel with sharks & get my beach on. @USTOA #traveltogether

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Beach day! Enjoying water sports in the Rosario Islands – a great day trip from #Cartagena #traveltogether #fb

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Stumbled upon a salsa club called Fidel in the old city. Colombians know how to move! #traveltogether

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Cartagena is so pretty it is distracting! I can't stop taking photos! @ctgenadeindias #traveltogether

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Hikes of homage: La Polpa in #Cartegena #colombia @ustoa @travelavanti @ctgenadeindias #traveltogether @afarmedia #jesus

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Polaroid Magic!!! @ctgenadeindias @travel_avanti #polaroid #travel #instatravel @ustoanyc @kelleyferro @ottsworld

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Apparently this little building in old town #Cartagena is for red cart parking.

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10 Places to Visit that are Under the Radar – Chester

 

Chester: This historic charming gem in Cheshire is arguably the richest city in Britain for archaeological and architectural treasures. The walls that encircle this medieval city constitute the most complete city walls in Britain. In fact one can use the footpaths that run along the top of the walls. As an old Roman settlement, their Grosvenor Museum includes an impressive collection of Roman tombstones. For animal lovers, Chester ranks as the UK’s number 1 zoo. Another unusual landmark of this town is “The Rows”; basically buildings with shops on the lower level of the streets, and are entered by taking stairs. Plenty of cozy pubs abound which makes it a nice stopover if heading to Manchester or Liverpool.

Avanti Hotels:
Best Western Westminster Hotel 3*
Best Western The Queen Hotel 4*
New Blossoms Hotel 4*
The Grosvenor Hotel 5* – NEW!

Avanti Tours:
Chester Rail Day Tour from London – NEW!

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October Contest Winner

Harry has been located! This month we presented you with a series of clues and asked you to guess Where in the World is Harry Dalgaard? The responses were extremely varied, and while no one got the exact location, some of you got within a few miles of the right spot. Because there are so many similarities between towns in this region, we decided to choose a winner that had gotten the closest to Harry’s exact destination, which was:

Nuremberg, Germany

The lucky recipient of our prizes this month is:

Caroline Fogarty
Peak Travel

Caroline will receive a delicious Bite of Oregon gift basket and a bottle of 2010 Andrew Rich Willamette Valley Pinot Noir Verbatim. Contest winners are also encouraged to snap a picture of themselves with their Avanti prizes and email them to us, so we can feature them and their agency in a blog post.

Thanks for playing along and helping us find Harry!

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