Thursday, September 4, 2014

San Juan, Puerto Rico




Founded by Christopher Columbus in 1493,
naming the island San Juan Bautista, after Saint John the Baptist.
18 short years later, Ponce de Leon named the town Puerto Rico.
An unknown mapmaker seems to have switched the names in the 16th century, and it's stayed that way ever since.





San Juan is the 2nd oldest city in the Americas. 
A massive stone wall surrounded the entire city.
Two forts, El Morro and San Cristobal, ancor the wall.

We walked off the ship about 10 am this morining.
Having no idea where we were heading, we just started walking.
Up the hill we went toward a fort ... which turned out to be San Cristobal!
A $5 entrance fee got all of us inside.
What an incredible sight!
The view from the top was breathtaking.


The cruise ship!
A gated entrance






Underground tunnels twisted and turned, housing dungeons.
It was certainly the highlight of the day.



Drawings on a cell wall
The only light in the cell
Shopping for souvenirs proved to be a challenge.
But we found success ... AND found a Starbucks before getting back on the ship.


Tonight will be another 3 course meal in the Monet Dining Room, 
with our favorite waiter, Fransicso!
Elegant attire has made dining even more fun!
Then, we'll find our way down to the Toulouse Lautrec for an epic 70s and 80s rock concert.

Tomorrow ... Grand Turk!

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