We arrived at the San Juan port in the early morning. We did a walking tour of the old fort and Old San Juan. Our guide was Victor
and we all used a Viking provided wifi receiver with a single ear bud. They worked great and it made it very pleasant to hear without general disturbance. Victor was born in San Juan, but was also a self proclaimed travel-holic and couldn’t help but tell us about his trips to China.
They are proud of their statue of Christopher Columbus and have
no thought of removing it.
We have other interesting people on this tour.
In the old days, they used material from the ballast in the arriving sailing ships as part of the material to form bricks. The result is these beautiful cobble streets that have survived to this day. Some people in government had a bright idea to put asphalt over these, but the locals shut them down. Good move.
Many of these islands have forts guarding the harbor. This one is called the Castillo San Felipe del Morro. The Spanish and English fought over this fort for years, and it finally ended up in US hands.
It is definitely a large fortress.
By the sea.
One can see part of Old San Juan from the fort.
Old San Juan. I may have discovered why power outages are a problem during and after hurricanes.
Our tour guide referred to this area as low end housing where no one will leave due to the million dollar view.
Some tourists check it out.
This is the street that leads from the main gate of San Juan to the Catholic Cathedral.
This is just outside the old main gate where they are restoring the wall.
This sign is above the main gate and loosely translated it says “All are welcome who come in the Name of the Lord”. Back in the day, this was a shot at the Moors, who were not so welcome.
This is the Cathedral at the top of the hill.
Back in the day, it was to be your first stop, after entering at the main gate, to thank God you were still alive after the arduous voyage.
A modern building built above a very old wall.
A replica of the Santa Maria sits in the harbor.
Back to our ship. Yes that’s the one.
Viking Welcome: Red carpet, flags, plants, and canopy. (Yes Lily, they did that just for us.) 😊