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Old San Juan: Puerto Rico

On our trip to Puerto Rico we spend a day and a half in Old San Juan. This is truly an amazing city. Rich with the history of conquistadors and pirates, cobblestone streets reminiscent of those in Europe, beautiful colonial-style architecture, stunning views of the Caribbean Sea, and all this in a small patch of coastline that is very accessible to tourists. If you're planning a trip here, I would give yourself at least two days to enjoy this city. Also check out Posada San Francisco for housing. It's not luxury, but it will keep you in the heart of Old San Juan, directly adjacent to Castillo San Cristobal.


Old San Juan is located on a small and narrow island which lies in the north coast, about 35 miles (56 km) from the east end of Puerto Rico, and is united to the mainland of Puerto Rico by the three bridges. It is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean to the north and to the south by San Juan Bay or "Bahia de San Juan" which lies between the city and the mainland. On a bluff about 100 feet (30 m) high at the west end of the island and commanding the entrance to the harbor rise the battlements of Fort San Felipe del Morro, in which there is a lighthouse.
The city is characterized by its narrow, blue cobblestone streets and flat-roofed brick and stone buildings dating back to the 16th and 17th century when Puerto Rico was a Spanish possession. Near Fort San Felipe del Morro is the Casa Blanca, a palace on land which belonged to the family of Ponce de Leon. (from Wikipedia) 
Read more at here.


Plaza Colon



















One of my favorite photos from the trip. Not because of it's quality, but because of it's story. This picture was taken in the dungeon of Castillo Cristobal, where they believe that a ship captain, awaiting execution, drew these ships on the wall. They covered the drawings in glass to protect them. 




























El Morro

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