Cartagena and Flamenco
Founded over 2,500 years ago,
Cartegena is proud of its Roman history.
Numerous signs point to the first-century BC
To get to the Theatre you enter
the museum, a modern building in the town hall square, where exhibits, photos
and signs explain how the theatre was discovered and restored. An underground passage and an
archaeological corridor constructed underneath a church in the town connect the
museum with the
For lunch we found a tapas bar in the old part of town which looked a bit like an English country pub inside and was lovely and cool. The food was all on display under covers along the bar so you could just point at what you fancied. We’ve learned the phrases to check things are meat-free but sometimes people have assumed that both of us are veggie. Paul did manage to get some fish and sausage dishes this time though. In contrast to a cultural morning learning about ancient history, the rest of the afternoon was spent in Il Corte Ingles, a huge 7 floor department store similar to John Lewis and great for browsing luxury goods. I bought a hat because mine had ended up in the sea a few days earlier and Paul bought a stylish ‘man bag’ as he calls it. We also bought what must be the world’s most expensive potato masher (9euros!). After stocking up on provisions from the food department we got a taxi back to the boat.
This evening there was to be a
flamenco performance in Santa Lucia – a square a few streets away. I’d never
seen one and Paul loves flamenco.
It was due to start at 10 so we got there just before and found a table
near a small, pretty lit-up church.
The square was decorated with fairy lights and there was a distinct
‘local party’ atmosphere. Large family groups were arriving and ordering tapas
and drinks from the one restaurant or small kiosk opposite. The two waiters from
the restaurant really earned their money that night. The performance didn’t begin until 11
but it was pleasant to sit and watch people and soak up the atmosphere while
drinking wine. Paul didn’t think
I’d like the music and the website described this as an authentic, emotional and
powerful example of flamenco, with the music ‘rooted in the suffering and abuse