Knowing and enjoying "mi viejo San Juan..." (my old San Juan) :)

San Juan Travel Blog

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walking around: Nancy, Francisco, Yadi & Mark
It was 6 something when we arrived to San Juan. The trip was short and we enjoyed it. San Juan looked so lovely with all the lights. Yes, it was a Spanish colony, so it reminded me the old part of Lima ;) Francisco was an excellent guide and told us some of the history of the city and country, while we were leaving the harbour and walked to see the walls that surrounded the city.

The night was perfect, warm but not too much so we could walk without any problem. We were listening to our history lessons, while we were taking pics of the beautiful surroundings. This city has a lot of history. We kept on walking until we arrived to the "Paseo de la Princesa", which offers amazing views of San Juan Bay and the colonial wall. There was an exhibition going on, where you could see interesting pictures of Puerto Rico and other places.
our guide!
Our group looked a bit like a tourist one, whit a guide (Francisco), haha. I was thinking that for myself, but I wasn't the only one, since I noticed a couple of guys that stopped behind us, just to listen to Francisco, lol.

While we were there we saw a nice cafe and after checking the menu, we decided to go in. We didn't have plans for dinner except having something Puerto Rican. Francisco was a bit afraid this place would be just a tourist's one, but agreed to try it since it looked so nice! And no regrets at all. All the tables were outside, which was perfect since the night was warm. We got a nice table just in the middle. You'll see the pictures, the place was perfect. The waiter came shortly to take our order. First the drinks, we were in Puerto Rico, so something with Rum for me :) I got a Daiquiri, Mark a Mojito, Nancy a Medalla light (the local beer which just has a light version.
happy friends, yay!
.. funny) and Francisco a Pina Colada.

Then we ordered the food, which took as a bit long since we didn't have any idea about what to order, haha. Nancy was the 1st to order: "Chorizo al vino" which is sauted sausage with sherry wine; Mark asked for a Mofongo. I have been told the Mofongo is a MUST here. I wanted to order it too, but I wasn't too hungry plus still had some days to taste it, hehe. The Mofongo is mashed plantain fried, stuffed with beef, chicken, fish, crab or shrimps. Well, Francisco and me weren't that hungry, so we ordered "Antojitos de aqui" which was a platter of Puerto Rican appetizers, including the alcapurrias, fried cheese, mofonguitos (little mofongos) and cornsticks. No need to say the food was very yummy! We were talking about the plans for the next days and who else would join us.
kiss pic!
I had a great time here, but it was time to keep on moving or we wouldn't be able to do all the things we planned before party time :)

Well in order to go to the city itself, we had to cross the wall. Of course we would do it the right way, going through the main entrance. But to achieve the main entrance we had to walk for a bit. Which was really nice, since we had the opportunity to do a bit more of sightseeing while we walked through the "Paseo del Morro" enjoying the nice view of the bay at our left side and the wall and the city at our right. Of course we took some pics and made fun, lol. While we were walking, Gladys - a local friend of Francisco - called him, letting him know she was in her way to Old San Juan and was waiting for us, yay! the more the merrier, yay!

Finally we got into the city.
charming streets
It's a beautiful city and the cities made it so lovely, awwww. We saw the "Casa de Gobierno" and I got my traditional pic with a cop, haha. The streets with bricks and balconies reminded me a bit of Cusco or Arequipa - without the hight hills - and balconies in Lima. Well, we both have Spanish influence, hehe. We were walking around downtown, arrived to the main square, saw the Cathedral and kept on taking pics.

Gladys called again. She already parked and was waiting for us to join her. We went to a bar called Nono's to have a couple of drinks. First we were thinking about dancing, but it was Thurs and not much was going on, so better go to one of San Juan's most traditional bars. We sat in the balcony and enjoyed our drinks. The city looked so quiet, but it would be different during the weekend.
with the local beer - another traditional pic


It was so good Nancy could join us, but she had to leave early, since she had school the next morning and it was getting late. Well, but not late for us. So, we decided to stop in another club. Mark and me would wait there for Gladys and Francisco while they drove Nancy to her car. Hopefully she'd join us the next day. This club was very nice and had live music. So you can stay inside, drink and dance or go to the balcony. About 20min later Francisco and Gladys arrived. The 4 of us were chilling out and also dancing, hehe. Well, we didn't stay too long. Mark and I were a bit tired of our flights and also we had to wake up early tomorrow to visit the caverns.

But it didn't mean we went straight to the hotel. We stopped at the beach. What for? "The noche de San Juan" (San Juan's night) according to a tradition, you have to go into the sea at night so your wishes would become true.
Salsa dancing :)
I did it, but just until my knees. Francisco did it properly and got all wet, lol. haha, we had a blast, haha. This day was full of fun and was just the Pre-Met Up, mmm could hardly wait for the next morning...


yadilitta says:
buuuuu, well a reason to come back. You missed this and I missed culebra :(
Posted on: Feb 12, 2009
homeres says:
i dont remember :(
Posted on: Feb 12, 2009
Lord_Mike says:
I miss San Juan!
Posted on: Feb 11, 2009
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walking around: Nancy, Francisco, …
walking around: Nancy, Francisco,…
our guide!
our guide!
happy friends, yay!
happy friends, yay!
kiss pic!
kiss pic!
charming streets
charming streets
with the local beer - another trad…
with the local beer - another tra…
Salsa dancing :)
Salsa dancing :)
Old San Juan lights
Old San Juan lights
the port, nice!
the port, nice!
nice view!!!
nice view!!!
Old San Juan map
Old San Juan map
Nancy, Mark, Yadi & Francisco :)
Nancy, Mark, Yadi & Francisco :)
La Casita - the small house :P
La Casita - the small house :P
this tree was really old...
this tree was really old...
the exhibition
the exhibition
Paseo la Princesa
Paseo la Princesa
the wall
the wall
another shot of the wall
another shot of the wall
:)
:)
about having our first dinner toge…
about having our first dinner tog…
ooops, did I get in the middle???
ooops, did I get in the middle???
nice tree!
nice tree!
first toast of the night
first toast of the night
the local beer, so strange that th…
the local beer, so strange that t…
Nancy, looking serious, just looki…
Nancy, looking serious, just look…
Nancy and Yadi, the girls ;)
Nancy and Yadi, the girls ;)
with Mark!!! 1st time Kansas, 2nd …
with Mark!!! 1st time Kansas, 2nd…
Francisco & Yadi - happy together!…
Francisco & Yadi - happy together…
Nancys dish: Chorizo al Vino sa…
Nancy's dish: "Chorizo al Vino" s…
tasty fried cheese
tasty fried cheese
mmm, alcapurrias - a pastry stuffe…
mmm, alcapurrias - a pastry stuff…
Mark showing his Mofongo!!!
Mark showing his Mofongo!!!
the DJ!
the DJ!
lovely fountain
lovely fountain
me, hehe
me, hehe
the 3 foreigners: Nancy, Mark & Ya…
the 3 foreigners: Nancy, Mark & Y…
yes, yes, we are in our way
yes, yes, we are in our way
hes multi task: answering phone, …
he's multi task: answering phone,…
resting at Paseo El Morro
resting at Paseo El Morro
giving some history lessons ;)
giving some history lessons ;)
Catanos lights
Catano's lights
windows of the old convent
windows of the old convent
detail of the wall
detail of the wall
great wall
great wall
a tradition, a kiss pic, haha
a tradition, a kiss pic, haha
do you want to go to the sea?
do you want to go to the sea?
kitty, kitty
kitty, kitty
going into the city
going into the city
sign at the entrance
sign at the entrance
Viejo San Juan Map
Viejo San Juan Map
nice
nice
new friends: Yadi, Francisco & Nan…
new friends: Yadi, Francisco & Na…
the entrance to the old city
the entrance to the old city
walking around
walking around
yes, he has his street!!!
yes, he has his street!!!
cop pic - a tradition
cop pic - a tradition
going up!
going up!
nice building
nice building
lovely view
lovely view
El Convento used to be a convent…
"El Convento" used to be a conven…
the Cathedral
the Cathedral
the Cathedral and me, haha
the Cathedral and me, haha
;)
;)
Peruvian?
Peruvian?
beautiful balconies
beautiful balconies
old door
old door
nice old bar
nice old bar
what you can find in the bar
what you can find in the bar
no need to say anything about the …
no need to say anything about the…
just a couple of stairs
just a couple of stairs
yes, we are always welcome :)
yes, we are always welcome :)
nice and quiet square in front of …
nice and quiet square in front of…
nice view from the bar
nice view from the bar
the menu was about different kind …
the menu was about different kind…
at the bar, haha
at the bar, haha
A cafe? not at all more a club / s…
A cafe? not at all more a club / …
nice entrance
nice entrance
Area free of thieves, lol
Area free of thieves, lol
live music!
live music!
live music and dancing
live music and dancing
my bracelets of the night
my bracelets of the night
Medalla light
Medalla light
what did I see first at Francisco…
what did I see first at Francisco…
Francisco going into the water
Francisco going into the water
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Charming out door cafe on Paseo La Princesa - Cafe La Princesa
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Incredible views of San Juan Bay and the City Walls - Paseo de la Princesa
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A great walk before going into the city - Paseo del Morro
The trail is located within the San Juan National Historic Site. If you are walking around Old San Juan, pass through San Juan Gate and take a stroll … read entire review
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Nice bar with balconies in Old San Juan - Los Balcones de Nono's
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San Juan
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