Walking tour of Old San Juan and Castilo San Felipe del Morro

Recently restored Paseo de Princesa

Recently restored Paseo de Princesa

It had been over 30 years since I had visited Old San Juan on a cruise, and yet it felt like only last year.   I was so excited to have my son along with me for a walking tour/afternoon exercise session in the beautiful port of San Juan.   Though our ship didn’t arrive until mid-afternoon, it still afforded us plenty of time to explore the highlights of Old San Juan. I figured I’s just follow my nose and take my son so see some of the things I remember seeing as a teenager in the 1980’s when we cruised on the Stattendam.

Fountain at the end of the procession represents the Taino, Spanish and African Heritage of Puerto Rico

Fountain at the end of the procession represents the Taino, Spanish and African Heritage of Puerto Rico

Another eschauguette

Another eschauguette

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our tour began on Paseo de Princesa, a recently restored pedestrian boulevard that heads from the down town port area to the bay entrance waterfront.   Many sculptures and statues line the walk way.   At the end  passage, we found the beautiful Raices Fontana, a sculptural fountain depicting the Puerto Rico’s Taíno, Spanish, andAfrican heritage.   As we rounded the bend and headed up the hill we discovered a statue commemorating a religious procession of women and children with torches.   It seems that a British captain sent to attack San Juan turned away when he saw the torch lights, mistaking the religious procession for military reinforcements.

My son and I prepare to visit the fort.  Seniors bring your National parks pass and entrance is free.

My son and I prepare to visit the fort. Seniors bring your National parks pass and entrance is free.

Further up the hill we encountered some feral cats and then the beautiful open field that stands in from ont Castilo San Felipe del Morro, sometimes simply called El Morro.

There was lots of opportunities for exercise as my son and I explored every level and corner of this immense fort.   Along the way I photographed many of the echauguettes that are the trade mark of Puerto Rico.  We headed back to the ship through the major shopping district where we did some window shopping and took in some of the ambiance of Old San Juan.

What a meal! and Dessert!

What a meal! and Dessert!

The Eurodam from the Celebrity Silhouette

The Eurodam from the Celebrity Silhouette

Back on the ship we enjoyed an evening meal in the outdoor Lawn Club Grill and the fantastic sail away to the sounds of the Celebrity Roxx show, featuring classic rock-n-roll.   I took some lovely photos of the Eurodam and then we were on our way to the next stop St. Thomas.    Please see our San Juan, Puerto Rico Gallery for all our pictures