Friday, August 3, 2012

A Stroll through Old San Juan

Recently the minnies and I visited Puerto Rico for a vacation that combined the best of both worlds.  With fantastic beaches, a rainforest, and a colonial neighborhood rich in historical treasures, we explored this beautiful island and savored every minute of our visit.

Today, I'll take you on a stroll through Old San Juan.  Walking is the best way to explore the narrow and winding cobblestone streets of this historic gem.  We started our adventure in the early morning and avoided most of the heat and sun of the day.  Small one way streets are bright and beautiful with colonial mansions painted in vibrant colors.

Secret gardens and balconies blooming with bougainvillea add beauty to these charming homes, businesses, and restaurants.

As we strolled through the town, we took breaks to enjoy some home made ice cream and delicious food.  The food was so delicious and fresh that I think I must have gained a few pounds on this trip.  Oh well!  Life is too short to not enjoy a vacation, right?

One of the highlights of our trip was a visit to the Castillo San Felipe del Morro.  As we walked on the grassy area leading to El Morro, the wind picked up and we saw many children flying kites.  The minnies loved exploring the tunnels, towers, and dungeons of this old fortress.

The panoramic views from this vantage point were postcard perfect.  It's no wonder this location was chosen for a fortress.

By mid-afternoon, we the pace in our steps was a little bit slower and we were getting tired, so we decided to see other sites in Old San Juan by traveling on the free trolley system.   It was a fun way to travel!  If you go to Old San Juan, I highly recommend a visit to Casa Blanca, Ponce de Leon's home, too.

Next week, look for some posts about our visit to the rainforest, including some very interesting and very large animals we met while we were there!

Have a great day!


1 comment:

  1. San Juan has been on my vacation wish list for several years. Hopefully I can go after I finish my second degree.



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