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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Old San Juan

It’s been about 20 years since we’ve been to San Juan. Much has changed it appears for the better. While there is still some restoration going on particularly in Old San Juan, the city looks very good. On Sunday we visited Old San Juan, We started at one of the two big fortresses, San Cristibal, built during the 18th century. The ruins in San Juan are administered by the U.S. National Park service. First we viewed a very nice video before our self-guided visit to the fortress. It is a very photogenic locale. After the fortress we boarded the free sightseeing trolley that circumnavigates Old San Juan. The buildings in the old town are painted in vibrant colors. After our trolley ride we walked down the main street in Old Town…Calle Foteleza until we found a great local restaurant El Punte, where we had our lunch. I particularly enjoy the local dish Mufungo…cooked plantains combined with seafood, chicken or meat. After lunch we returned to the hotel, picked up our bags, and made our way to our ship. Boarding was relatively smooth this time probably because this ship is a bit smaller than we are used to holding about 2,000 passengers. We had a delightful dinner and watched the show by a performer calling herself Dame Edna before retiring for the night. Today, Monday will be a relaxing day at sea. Tomorrow we will visit Grenada.

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