LOCATION: San Juan, Puerto RicoWEATHER: Sunny and hot. High about 90
We said good-bye to Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. This is our view from our downtown hotel.
We are staying in a modest, but clean and seemingly-safe, mom and pop hotel. The owner was manning the desk and was super helpful. She gave us directions to get to Old San Juan, and we were off. We took the metro to a bus station, and then a bus to OLd San Juan. We traveled through areas that I'm sure most torusists don't see. We were the only gringos on the public transportation.
The fortified city of Old San Juan was built in the 1500s. We were surprised to learn that it is a national park.
It is a huge fort. It was restored and used in World War II. We checked out some of the tunnels used for security...
And saw the bare-bones barracks where the troops slept.
By then, I was about to faint with heat stroke. We walked around Old San Juan, full of interesting shops and restaurants. We looked for a micro-brewery that the tourist office had told us about, but found out 1) it was closed and 2) it was actually a cocktail lounge. We did find an authentic "taberna" and cooled down. It was not air-conditioned, but had good ceiling fans. I gulped pitchers of water and felt better.
Even though it was supposedly a single serving, we had leftovers after both eating it. It was a delightful evening.