Old San Juan
Hey everyone! I've been sharing my vacation in Puerto Rico with you guys. If you haven't seen them, check out day one & two, three, and four. Make sure to subscribe (link on the sidebar) to my blog to keep up with the latest! Here is day five and as my dad would say, "Raiza's Day!"
He calls it my day because this is my absolute favorite place! Every time we come here this is a must go, no matter how many times we have been here before. Some of you islanders might recognize this as Viejo San Juan. This my friends is the old city of San Juan, the capital of Puerto Rico. It holds a special place in my heart partially because its the old city of my birth town and also because it is so rich in history. As soon as you step onto the old cobblestone roads you are submerged into a vivid culture. There is beauty in every street cornet and building. The Spanish architecture is phenomenal, the pastel buildings are dreamy and a bloggers heaven. There are mantecado trucks on the side next to piragua stands. There you can find the governor's home (PR's equivalent to the White House) , fly kites in front of El Morro National Monument or go to the top and view the Puerto Rico Trench (deepest point in the Atlantic Ocean), explore Castillo San Cristóbal, take a trolly ride, or feed some pigeons in el Parque de Palomas. Walking through there is my nightmare since I am terrified of birds. Strolling through those streets fill me with such joy and wonder. There are always little shops, artisans, and music on every corner.
I had a few spots that I wanted to visit, Señor Paleta, which was sold out of every flavor when I got there (sad face), Pirilo (artisan pizza) which we left for next time because we ended up stopping at another place. This place was a coffee shop, you know to satisfy the "hipster" in me right? Ok who am I kidding, I just love coffee. This hidden gem was Cafícultura, we walked for so long because I got lost..silly me, sorry gramps. However, the walk was so worth it. It was beautiful inside and we were seated and everything it was pretty posh for Old San Juan. We had some delectable "fancy coffee" as my dad calls it chatted with the people. Totally recommend that place, it had excellent costumer service and impeccable coffee served on marble-top tables, I am a sucker for marble tabletops. After that we continued exploring the old streets of this beautiful city and headed home. This day was a more relaxing day but filled with history, walking, and a lot of picture taking!
Stay tune for day six!
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