As I was writing the last post and watching the word count rise to great heights, I thought I had better have mercy on those reading and end it before it reached novel length. Of course that left me with a slew of pictures feeling left out, which brings us to this post.
Am I planning on giving you any amazing information about San Juan here? Nope. Am I going to be drumming up any tips or lessons learned I can think of? Nope. Am I going to tell annoyingly long-winded stories? Hopefully not. Am I going to accost you with an onslaught of pictures of San Juan, Puerto Rico? YES! So here we go…
Both of these photos show one of my favorite buildings next to the Caribe Hilton. I love the colorful design along the side. The first picture was taken from our balcony and the second was taken from the bridge that leads from Puerta de Tierra to Condado.
These were both taken on our walk from the Caribe Hilton toward Old San Juan. I love how the tree has grown out through the stone wall. Well done, persistent tree!
I love this bridge. I’m not completely sure why, as I don’t think it is particularly old or historically significant, but it is pretty, especially with the ocean stretched out behind it. (Of course I am posting a picture in which the beautiful ocean view is obscured. Oh well.)
The colorful streets of Old San Juan are one of my very favorite things about this great city. The historic buildings are all painted vibrant colors and the blue cobblestone streets just add to the charm.
While not all of the buildings are freshly painted in bright hues, I think there is still so much beauty in them. The building below, the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture, is just a normal historical building, but the faded paint and weathered green shutters gave it a bit of a haunted mansion look under the gray skies. Spooky!
The buildings below are clearly not in their prime, but still somehow dignified even in their disrepair. The building on the left has been in this dilapidated condition for a while, though the one on the right looks like it could possibly be revived someday. I found an article in the Seattle Times that gives some more information on the decline of so many historic buildings in Puerto Rico.
There is some cool art on some of the buildings that definitely adds to the interest of these old city streets. The artwork on the building below is known as La Puerta de la Bandera and has been around for about 5 years. The flag was originally painted with red, white, and blue to depict Puerto Rico’s flag, but in July of 2016, the artist repainted it in black and white. You can read about it in this article.
Here are a few pictures from the Plaza del Quinto Centenario. It was fun watching the kids play in the fountain to try and beat the heat.
I know this picture is a bit of an odd angle, but I was trying to get the colorful buildings as well as a beautiful flowering tree (maybe a flamboyan tree?). This was also taken on one of my favorite streets, Caleta de San Juan. If you visit Old San Juan, be sure to take a walk down this lovely little street.
There are a lot of statues in Old San Juan. I am not completely sure of the origin of each, but they are all very interesting. The bottom right picture is of the Raíces Fountain, which celebrates the 500th anniversary of the New World.
Okay, here are the last few pictures from our pre-cruise fun in San Juan.
And one last picture. This is taken at the Caribe Hilton, just a little piece of the historical city that still peeks through the lush green gardens on the hotel property.
Cruising the Southern Caribbean: Embarkation Day