|View from the fortress that guarded Old San Juan, showing one of the distinctive garitas|
OK, this is a place I’d like to stay for a few days. Along with Steve and Lynn, our friends on Celebration, we rented a car and drove up to Old San Juan, which is full of cute hotels, interesting-looking bars and restaurants, narrow roads pave with blue bricks, colorful buildings, and lots of history, all within easy walking distance. The city was built around El Morro, the fortress that guards the entrance to San Juan Harbor. The fortress is wonderfully restored, and the exhibits provide a great overview of the importance of Puerto Rico to sailing ships traversing the ocean between Europe and the Americas. You may recognize the distinctive shape of the watch towers, or garitas, suspended from the fortress walls; they are the emblem of Old San Juan. We walked until we were hot and tired, then sat in the shade and feasted on various tapas for lunch. Later on, we refreshed ourselves with a tour and libations at the Bacardi rum distillery. A long day, but worth it.
|The friendly bartender demonstrates how to drink a refreshing Cuba Libre (original recipe: Barcardi Gold Rum and Coca Cola) at the Bacardi rum distillery|