Ravaged but Ravishing- San Juan

San Juan is the capital of the beautiful island of Puerto Rico, the city forms one end of the famed Bermuda triangle. The name Puerto Rico, translates to rich port which is one of the reasons for the legend of the Bermuda Triangle. Ships constantly battled the elements while faring between Florida, Bermuda and Puerto Rico carrying merchandise and goods. There is so much history, mystery and love that has shaped this tiny island, it pulls at your heart strings and leaves you in awe.

Puerto Rico is strategically located on the sea route  and is one of the oldest and busiest ports in the America’s. Puerto Rico has been coveted, owned and lost ever since Christopher Columbus came looking for India and found these islands. The forts and plazas in old San Juan have seen many conquerors and vanquishers.Culturally present day Puerto Rico is part Hispanic, Spanish, American, African-American and some parts Tiano (the native tribe of Puerto Rico). Old city San Juan has many forts, plazas, picturesque colonial buildings and winding streets of cobblestone.   Present day San Juan is urban and hip but it is the old San Juan that adds magic to the city.

The forts of EL Morro and Fort San Cristobal tell us about the history and the many wars that have ravaged this tiny island since the Spanish invaders till World War II. Bunkers from World War II can still be seen from San Juan Bay, these are still in use by the US army. The plains in front of El Morro were designed such that the enemy which were the native tribes at that time, did not have any scope of ambushing or hiding. At present the plains afford a good arena for flying kites and enjoying the view of San Juan bay. While the forts have grim stories of battles and loss, the plazas of San Juan tell stories of life and living. The night lights up and people celebrate life with music and food. In fair weather, the restaurants have open air seating and there would always be music and dancing. It is easy to enjoy in Puerto Rico as all you have to do is order a pitcher of sangria, some hearty mufango (dish made with plantains and meat)  and let yourself immerse  in the culture.

Urban San Juan
Urban San Juan
Kayaking at San Juan
Kayaking at San Juan
Waters Swirling with Mystery
Waters Swirling with Mystery
Castle San Felipe Del Morro
Castle San Felipe Del Morro
Tunnels at El Morro
Tunnels at El Morro, used for canons and other heavy weapons.
Bunker from World War II
Bunker from World War II
The Fortifications of El Morro
The Fortifications of El Morro
Artillery or Powder Room
Artillery or Powder Room
Spanish Architecture
Spanish Architecture
Flying Kites at El Morro
Flying Kites at El Morro
A Segway through Old San Juan
A Segway through Old San Juan
Plaza of Religious Procession
Plaza of Religious Procession
Balconies of Old San Juan
Balconies of Old San Juan
Plaza Colon - Remembering Christopher Clombus
Plaza Colon – Remembering Christopher Clombus
Vibrant and Live -Old San Juan
Vibrant and Live -Old San Juan
Winding Down an Eventful  Day
Winding Down an Eventful Day
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10 thoughts on “Ravaged but Ravishing- San Juan

      1. It is the opposite for Canadians: for past few decades Cuba was more receptive to Canada. Canadians also saw Cuba as a cheaper, simpler but relatively safe place to go vacationing.

        There is not the same political historic animosity between Canada and Cuba compared to U.S. and Canada. A good thing for the ordinary people of Cuba. I understand there had been a U.S. embargo of goods to Cuba… No idea where that is now.

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