Since we were “officially” celebrating our honeymoon, I wanted to have an extravagant dinner at the most romantic restaurant in Cartagena. After hours of reading reviews on TripAdvisor, I settled on Alma, a restaurant/bar inside Hotel San Agustin. Think traditional colonial architecture with high ceilings and open courtyards, dim candle lighting, and lots of palm fronds.
We were blown away by La Mulata. Located in the San Diego neighborhood, it’s just a short walk from popular attractions within Cartagena’s Walled City. However, you still feel like you’re discovering a hidden gem, since it’s on a small side street.
Kevin was determined to go to a steak restaurant in Cartagena. Luckily the best one was within walking distance from our hotel, and located just across the bridge that connects our neighborhood, Getsemani, to Barrio Manga.
“We have to go, they never give tours! This is a real treat.” my mother-in-law, Penny, exclaimed. We had just been invited on a private tour of Hacienda La Esmeralda, home of the world’s most expensive coffee, by Susan Peterson, matriarch of the family-run coffee farm.
When we saw this listed as a tourist attraction for Tampa, we thought “well, that’s unusual.” Tampa did not strike us as a place where we would find a gorgeous Hindu temple in the middle of the city, which made it all the more intriguing to visit.
We took a tour with Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, Florida, the largest sanctuary in the country devoted entirely to abused, injured, and abandoned big cats, such as lions, tigers, and lemurs.
Family-owned La Teresita is a Cuban institution in Tampa. They serve arguably the very best Cuban food in the area, and in a manner that is wonderfully authentic.
I am fascinated by tales of the paranormal and weird, and so I was delighted to find out that the quaint Floridian town of Safety Harbor was apparently full of them.
After months of giving away all of our things, we packed up what’s left and headed to SFO. A piece of us will always be in San Francisco. We worked here, we lived here, we fell in love here, and we got married here.