Month: December 2013


In many parts of the world it is already 2014, meanwhile here 2013 is still wrapping up.  While that happens it’s hard to bypass reflecting on what’s been this year for us.  In my case it’s been full of ups and downs, hopes and disappointments, falls and rises luckily with probably more of the latter one.  But we all know that completion and accomplishment are never awarded.  It’s all part of that flurry road that opens up into success and realization.  2013 brought me the beginning of Tyche, my jewelry line.  Something that a few years ago was only a foggy wish.  From a “what if” went to a “why not”? and I couldn’t be happier and more hopeful.  May 2014 unwrap in front of us full of opportunities and excitement!  Happy New Year dear readers and friends.

xoxo  J

photo my me

If you are like me, and travel for architecture, food, culture and
fresh air then Cartagena de Indias is undoubtedly a place you should
go.  The main attractions of this city is enclosed within a fortified
wall built around the 1530’s to protect the city
from pirates who seem to be more than interested in the gold existing
in ancients tombs as well as in Cartagenas’s strategical trading
location.  We were expecting a devastating heat while we were there
however the weather was perfectly comfortable.  Sunny
everyday but also breezy and very little humidity in particular during
the late afternoons when the sun is setting.  Between admiring the
colonial architecture and trying out the ceviche we had a very memorable
Christmas and I highly recommend it.
The Churches throughout Cartagena are stunning and also a chance to get to cool off while safeguarding yourself from the sun.
Calle Cochera de Hobo is one of the most beautiful streets in the City.
The typical straw hats being sold on practically every street. 
My hubby always doing silly things.
There are horse carriages you can stop and hop on everywhere in the city. 
Plaza de San Pedro Claver


Restaurante Donjuan was my favorite for lunch.  Not only for the beautiful ambiance and decor but also for the good food. 
Restaurante Vera at Tcherassi Hotel + Spa, owned by the most well
known Colombian designer, Silvia Tcherassi, was the best for dinner. 
(picture above is from Bon Appetit)
We stayed at
Sofitel Legend Santa Clara
.  Located in an old monastery, the setting and decor couldn’t have been better.  The service is excellent as well. 
They offer a full buffet breakfast and/or a la cart.  Colombian soft
note coffee is so far my favorite coffee and when French pressed it is
even better.
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas is outside the walled City, it’s as
hot as hell and you basically get to walk outside on the structure
where the sun seems to bounce all over the place.  I don’t really
recommend a visit here, unless you are really-really
into it!. 

This is Mateo.  A permanent resident Toucan of Sofitel Santa Clara. 
Everyone who goes there expect to see him and get acquainted with him

We decided to hop on a speedboat and spend one day and night at the beach.  Our first choice for

didn’t have any availability but everything works out for the best.  We got to spend a wonderful time in
San Pedro de Majagua bathing under the sun, sipping mojitos and munching fish and lobster.  We couldn’t ask for more.

The Hotel has suites with outdoor spaces with hammocks where we went late afternoons tired of doing nothing.

Now, when are we going back again?

All pictures taken by me with the exception of the Vera Restaurant.

A small postcard from Cartagena de Indias To wish you all a very Merry Christmas.  Here is hopimg for a great time among family and friends.

Photo taken by me.

Amid the hustle and bustle of preparation for
Christmas dinner.  The heat inside the kitchen, the decoration of the
table, the last minute rushing trip to the Super Market, thank God there
is also the music, the wine, the conversations
and the people you love around you to make up for the stress that every
festive anticipation brings.  One can also get lazy or exhausted and
forget planning what to wear.  For that reason I’ve rounded up a very
affordable and cool selection of party dresses
for you to beam that night because you deserve it.  xoxo J

There is no way that one Christmas will pass by without our traditional
Christmas in Europe post
For the third year in a row this has become a tradition which is in the
end what Christmas is all about; Tradition among unity, hope, happiness
and joy. 
I hope you are enjoying your preparations and excitement this season

What to pack to cartagena via belle vivir blog

What To Pack To Cartagena:  My first choice of clothing when traveling to a city like Cartagena de Indias, Colombia’s largest tropical port, would be to embellish myself in only Dries Van Noten and Stella McCartney’s sophisticated prints.  When that may happen, I don’t know!  Until then, I am happy with shopping at Top Shop this summer.  I paid a visit yesterday to do some shopping for our trip to the wall surrounded city next week and I loved the beautiful prints on their understated British styled pieces.  I was even happier when I saw their price tags.  Here are my picks to pack to Cartagena, a city where heat is the norm.  Enjoy!

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