Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Carribbean Cruise - San Juan, Puerto Rico

Day 3 - San Juan, Puerto Rico

We docked at Puerto Rico.  We had signed up for the shore excursion walking tour on the ship.  The cost was $47 per person for a two and half hour walking tour. The weather was warm but breezy, nice enough for a walk on that day. Puerto Rico has been a commonwealth of the U.S. for many years, but the influence has not changed the inherently Spanish nature of the island. English is spoken and understood in most of San Juan; on the rest of the island, Spanish is still the main language.  San Juan has two distinct personalities: there's the modern port city and then there's the historic colonial outpost first conquered in 1508.  The Spanish influence is evident everywhere in fortifications, museums and cathedrals throughout the city.  The streets were narrower. The buildings were so colorful. Here are some of the pictures I took.

 San Felipe del Morro (close up view)

 Exterior view of San Felipe del Morro
 Surrounding view
 America's 2nd oldest church since 16th century
Colorful buildings and narrower street scene

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