Saturday, September 15, 2012

Layover in San Juan

Our day began early! 

Alarm clock set to 5 something to catch our 8 am flight from JFK to San Juan en route to the Caribbean island of Martinique. We had quite a few hours to kill in San Juan. I was ready with an itinerary with the help of a few of my colleagues, whose families are from Puerto Rico. 

We took a cab to Old San Juan and had the driver drop us off in front of the restaurant. But first, we snapped a few pictures before venturing inside:

Scott's pretty Instagram (Yes, that's a real pigeon)

El Jibarito:

Pastelillos de carne to start and the local beer!

My dish: Chicken & veggies in Creole Sauce 

Pasteles de masa rellenos de cerdo

Plaza del Quinto Centenario (Quincentennial Square):

Totem Pole: Designed by Jaime Suarez in 1992, the totemic monument was the main part of the 500th anniversary commemoration of Columbus' discovery of the New World. It is about 40 feet tall and is made of black granite and (supposedly) actual Taino ceramic pieces.
Awwwwww! The fountain turned off :-(

Castillo San Felipe del Morro Kite Park:

Castillo San Felipe del Morro Fortress:

Far right photo: Sentry Box -- Sentries stood guard in these observation posts strategically located throughout the fortifications and city walls.

Those semi-circles were originally for tracks that allowed the canons to be aimed at different angles.

Do you see the sleeping baby?

El San Juan Resort & Casino:  
We stopped here for a fancy cocktail and a bite to eat before our flight to Martinique.

So good!

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