Old San Juan and El Morro
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September 6th, 2004 – by: missandrea81
Unfortunately they had to go to work during the week, so I mainly spent my few days at the pool of Enid's apartment complex.
But yes, today Enid arranged for me to be shown around Old San Juan by a friend of hers that had the day off. Yahaira picked me up and we headed for the beach outside San Juan first. She's an excellent guide and wanted me to see the view from their. In the distance I could already see the fortress El Morro and she said we would head there next.
We went back to the car and headed for Old San Juan. It's a lovely old city. Very influenced by the Spanish. Cobblestone streets, narrow alleys, little shops and restaurants, churches and little parks. We entered Old San Juan from the west gate also known as the "San Juan gate". We passed by the City Hall at Plaza de Armas, the Plaza del Quinto Centenario, the Ballaja which held an art exhibition, the Metropolitan Cathedral of San Juan and the San Jose Plaza with the San Jose Church which was built in 1532 is the second oldest church in the Americas!
After exploring all that we were off to El Morro! We bought our tickets which also allowed entry to the other fortress St.
This was enough sightseeing for one day so we decided to find a place cool and enjoy the rest of the day without having to search for water every 30 minutes. :-)
My souvenirs from Old San Juan including the drawing of El Morro and a picture book in English and Spanish of Puerto Rico and San juan which was 7 bucks at a drug store.
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