Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Caribbean cruise - day 9

San Juan, Puerto Rico. Walked around Old San Juan, contained mostly inside thick, tall, walls. There are also two large forts. We saw the San Juan Cemetery, described as "one of the most picturesque burial grounds anywhere" because of its elaborate tombstones and the circular, red-domed chapel. We also saw the governor's mansion, where TV crews were setup with cameras and mics. We went into the Cathedral,
the Hotel El Convento (previously used as a convent), and the Hotel Casa Blanca. Friendly and helpful
residents and police provided directions and information. Interesting architecture. The streets in Old San Juan are paved with cobble stones cast from furnace slag, and br ought as ballast on Spanish ships. San Juan is the largest home-based cruise port in the world, with twenty-eight cruise ships using San Juan as their home port.

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