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January 18th, 2016

Destination? Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, Walled City, Isla Del Encanto, National Historic Landmark District, The Caribbean, La Isla del Encanto

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You know, it really has not been bad at all.  The weather here, in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, has been perfect when you think of what winters we have had these past few years.  But, now that it has gotten a bit colder I see that some of my friends are taking off for milder climates.

I just thought that one place where you will have warm weather year round is Puerto Rico.  One of my favorites cities is Old San Juan.  It is so romantic and a National Historic Landmark District.

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And one of my favorite walks is Paseo de La Princesa.  It is perfect for a power walk, or for just checking out the vendors that come during the week-ends to sell handmade Puerto Rican artifacts.

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Just follow the walk and you will see how beautiful it is.

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The group of sculptures is called Raices or Roots, and symbolizes the roots that gave birth to Puerto Rico cultural heritage.

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Continue walking, we are heading towards the San Juan Gate.

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The San Juan Gate is named after Saint John the Baptist.  This gate was built in 1635 and it is the last remaining of San Juan’s principal gates.

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When I was younger you were able to drive through the Gate, but now is just walking.

My cousin, Sonia, and I continued walking on a very hot day along the walled City.  The wall was started in 1630 and finished in 1798.  The wall was 3miles long and encircled the whole City of Old San Juan.

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Preserving San Juan National Historic Site…helping to save the historic wall.  There is a lot of erosion of wind, rain, and ocean waves.  The riprap was finished in the 1990s, the concrete coating sprayed onto the slope is called shotcrete.

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You can walk all the way to the back of El Morro Fort, and it is a great walk but remember that you will have to walk back.  There is no way to access the other side of town at the end.

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I forgot to tell you to take some water with you.  There is a water fountain at the end of the walk but the water is warm.

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The small island across the channel is Isla de Cabra.  It is also the site of Fort San Juan de La Cruz, a vital link in San Juan’s defense system.  Today it is a recreation area managed by the Commonwealth.

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Entering the City through the San Juan Gate will be perfect to continue your walk through Old San Juan.

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When walking through Old San Juan please wear comfortable shoes.  The streets are most all cobblestones.  The original blue cobblestones are there to see, but soon many of them will be replaced by new ones. The original ones called in Spanish adoquines were cast from iron slag, which is the waste from iron smelting. The first came to the island as ballast in the bottom of European merchant ships circa 1700s.  In Calle del Cristo you are sure to see original ones.

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La Fortaleza is the official residence of the Governor of Puerto Rico in Old San Juan.  On this photo is at the end of the street.

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But if you are walking Paseo de La Princesa you can see it.  When I was visiting, it was under renovation.

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With all the problems Puerto Rico has at the moments, financial and otherwise, it is still a beautiful island, worth exploring.

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