Friday, January 30, 2015

Saying Goodbye




{coconut french toast}
{sweet potato crepes with ham and goat cheese}
We loved breakfast at Caficultura so much that we headed there again and it was a good choice. Their coffee is simply amazing. The kids insisted on having that banana rum pancakes again and Mary and I changed it up and were very happy with the french toast and crepes. We headed back up to Calle Sol to gather our belongings and said goodbye to Old San Juan. After a failed attempt to find the UPR botanical gardens in Río Piedras we dropped Mary off at the airport. What a wonderful week! We already miss her and can't wait to see her again this summer in Michigan.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Tapas in Old San Juan






{Raices Fountain on the Paseo de La Princesa, designed by Luis Sanguino}

{US Post Office}
{real lemonade for the kids, margarita for mom}

{pistachio encrusted salmon}
{mushroom pizza}

{gazpacho}

{chicken skewers with manchego fondue}

After visiting the forts and walking around Old San Juan, we found ourselves having some wonderful food at El Picoteo, a tapas bar. The seating was beautiful, overlooking the open-air courtyard of Hotel El Convento. Everything was wonderful, but the salmon had to be the best I've had in a long time. A perfect ending to a perfect day.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Catedral de San Juan Bautista






{The convent has since been changed into a luxury hotel, El Convento}

Puerto Rico was named by Columbus "San Juan Bautista" in 1493 on his second voyage to the New World. Then in 1521 Ponce de León, the first appointed governor in 1508, named the settlement City of Puerto Rico (rich port). A few years later, with some confusion over the names, the names were switched and the settlement became known as San Juan and the island Puerto Rico. León had a great impact on island and the Taínos in those few years before dying in 1521 and now is buried in this beautiful cathedral. 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Castillo San Felipe del Morro



















We walked along the cliffs from Castillo de San Cristóbal towards our next fort, Castillo San Felipe del Morro. We didn't make it down to the cemetery, knowing that we wouldn't make it through the day with everything else to see. Next time. I just love that. Living here is almost like living in Alexandria, VA. We could pop over to the Mall and walk through a museum for an hour and not stress on seeing everything. There was always next weekend. Here I know another visitor will come and want to tour Old San Juan. How fortunate I am. 

Watching the kites fly in the air made Pieter's day. I think we'll definitely have to bring our kite on our next visit. And then the guns and cannons! We were there on a Sunday and this enactment was done by volunteers, so I would guess that doesn't happen during the week. I really enjoyed seeing the lighthouse. I've decided on a goal of seeing every single lighthouse of Puerto Rico. Three beautiful ones so far. 
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