Sunday, December 5, 2010

Let's try this again...

So, we left Dominica and headed back to Puerto Rico. After a long wait going through customs, A LOT of traffic in Old San Juan, and a bit of drizzly rain, we made it to the Hotel El Convento where we stayed the two nights we were in Old San Juan. Beautiful hotel, lovely service. We made it just in time for the nightly wine and cheese reception. There was a pretty obnoxious group there, but we still enjoyed the wine and snacks after the traveling. We had dinner at the tapas restaurant at the hotel, more wine, yum!

The next day we went to the two forts (or castles as they call them), San Cristobal and El Morro.

It is about a 20 minute walk between the two of them.

It was a great day. It was really hot, but there was enough shade here and there to cool off and we had plenty of water. The castles were so fascinating. Old San Juan was just really cool. I'd love to go back and explore some more, try some different restaurants.

We also found a geocache while we were there!

It was near the militant sheep, as I called them!

The large breakfast we had sustained us until about 2:00 in the afternoon, and then the big question was: go get lunch now, or go back and sit in the pool. We opted for the pool and it was a good choice. We were so hot and sweaty. The cool water was very welcome!

Then we headed to La Bombonera which has been around for about 100 years and had good food cheap!

Made it back to the hotel just in time for the wine and cheese reception and then zipped over to the Sheraton to meet Debbie for a nighttime walking tour of Old San Juan. We'd enjoyed the Dublin walking tour so much that we thought we would give this a try. It was great! Learned a lot of history, met two other very nice couples. As we walked to different parts of the city she had us imagine we were soldiers or tradesmen or slaves.

That was over with my 9 p.m. and then we went to the tapas place across from the hotel for some snacks and drinks. The next day, we would head to Vieques! Stay tuned!

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