13th December 2011 Cartagena Military Museum

An English speaking guide had been arranged to show people around the Military Museum in Cartagena, and there was a healthy amount of interest from the rally members.  We went in on the motorbike but  had so much choice of parking we dithered and ended up riding around the city outskirts for ages trying to decide the best place to park! 

As usual, we ended up at the first place we spotted leaving us minutes to change out of our biking gear, lock it all up and get to the museum for 10.30am.  Luckily we met up with some gents also making their way there and nobody else seemed to be in too much of a hurry to get going at 10.30! 

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Sadly, we forgot to ask our tour guide his name but he was excellent and kept us entertained for well over two hours.  He was a chap from the North East who used to work in the ship building industry in Tyneside, and now he helps to restore all things military.  He was so passionate about what he does that he kept us interested the whole time, plus other members of the tour imparted knowledge that added to the day.

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The museum has the largest collection of guns in Spain, ranging from cannonballs through to those who hold modern day shells.  It is also mentioned in the Guinness Book of Records for holding the largest model collection of military vehicles (think Dinky/Airfix type) from many countries, ranging from tanks, ships, helicopters, transporters and the list goes on…

For anyone interested, it is free to enter but they would definitely welcome donations as it is run without any funding.  It adheres to the usual closing times so don’t turn up just before 2pm or you’ll be sorely disappointed! Within the museum there is also a Chapel where they still hold services, along with the statues of their Patron Saints for the respective regiments.

 

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Our guide told us that the Spanish are slowly coming to understand the importance of their history and remembering it, so the museum is starting to get more artefacts and people interested in preserving items.  As he said though, their rule under Franco is still very raw in people’s minds – many still want to forget the horrors so don’t want to discuss it – maybe time will heal…

About Dean

Angela and I decided that there was more to life than working hard to keep up the payments on the mortgage, to pay the gas, electric, phone bills etc. etc. SO............ In 2008 we sold our house, I initially took a year off (Unpaid) and Angela handed in her notice! We bought a motorhome and set off for a year of travelling! This was the best thing we had done in our lives (Apart from getting married) and we have no regrets. During the year I managed to secure a redundancy package which felt very strange. Almost sad as I had worked for the same company for 19 years (BT). It was always our plan to have a whole year off before thinking about the 'W' word. We began applying to the Camping and Caravanning Club (CCC) for the position of Holiday site assistants in August 2009. After the interview, work experience and induction we were finally given a contract at the CCC site in Inverewe (Scotland). Our plan is to work through the summer in the UK then head to Europe to overwinter before coming back to work the following summer season. Hopefully these few words and our blog will inspire others to get off the hamsters wheel and see that there is more to live than having a house and material things. A cliche I know but this is not a rehearsal, life is too short!!! Since our first contract in Scotland we have worked a winter contract in Oxford (never again!) not Oxford but a winter contract. Hereford for two years, living in a yurt for one! And Cornwall. In between our working we have also travelled a bit. Hopefully this website will give you an insight into our alternative lifestyle. Get out there and live the dream!
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