Monday, March 9, 2009

San Juan

Our last day of vacation. Our flight did not leave until 4:45 pm, so we had plenty of time to explore old San Juan. The ship actually implemented a new program that we got to try out. For only $20, they had a luggage valet service to the airport. We had to roll our suitcases through customs and then about 4 steps away were representatives from the airlines that took your bags to the airport for you and we did not see them again until we landed at home. It was soooo worth the money. We were free to wander around the town without luggage to worry about. I highly recommend this option if it is ever offered to you.

We took a cab up to the furthest point on the island, El Morro fort. From there we walked. Once we finished the 1/4 mile walk up to the fort, the rest was pretty much downhill. The fort has been used as recently as WW2. It is an amazing structure. Kind of scary when you stand behind one of those cannons and thought about having to live through that. It does offer an amazing view, though.The 1/4 mile walk back down from the fort was much easier to do than the walk up the hill. It was also more fun because the grassy area had filled up with families flying kites and having picnics. What a beautiful spot for that. In the background, you can see a part of the city wall, too.Old San Juan is still enclosed within the city walls and it still has that "old world" feel to it. The streets are all cobblestone and very narrow. The sidewalks got very narrow at times, too.We thoroughly enjoyed our day in San Juan and hope you just did, too.

Tomorrow I'll be back to posting some artwork for you as vacation is over now :)

Happy Scrappin'

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