As you may know, my husband surprised me with a wedding anniversary trip to Puerto Rico. After a few days of enjoying mojitos at the beach, my wanderlust kicked in and I took a trip to Old San Juan. As in, I left him at the beach and drove our red, Mustang convertible from Isla Verde to Old San Juan. It was a sweet ride. Too bad I didn’t take pictures of the car.
I took well over 300 pictures so expect at least one more blog post about Puerto Rico. This post covers some of the gorgeous buildings and a few attractions, but stay tuned for the pictures of the forts and the sentry towers that serve as a reminder of Puerto Rico’s history of Spanish colonial times. Just beautiful!
“En mi viejo San Juan…“
I could almost hear this old beloved song playing through my head as I walked around Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. The breathtaking blue Aquinas cobblestones, used as ballast in the ships from Spain, are still beautifully preserved.
I would have loved to go inside the Cathedral of San Juan Bautista but there was a Mass in progress. It did feel very comforting to hear the Latin “Agnus Dei qui tollis peccata mundi miserere nobis…” that I sang for so many years as a Cantor in the Catholic Church.
One of the many stray cats in Old San Juan. This little guy just paused his scratching long enough for one picture.
B and I enjoyed Old San Juan more when the cruise crowd was gone. It was quiet, we had our pick of restaurants, and the streets were empty…perfect for sight-seeing. It was also easier for the wait staff at restaurants to have conversations with us about which places we did not want to miss.
What kind of tourist are you? The kind of traveler that sight-sees and just absorbs the culture and ambiance, or the the kind of traveler that goes the historical route to learn about the foreign land?