We stopped for breakfast at an Italian Restaurant, and enjoyed Ham & Cheese Croissants. Then, after a quick stop next door for Mocha Frappuccinos from Starbucks . . . we headed out.
We walked . . . and walked . . . and walked some more . . . thoroughly enjoying the beautiful views . . . and stopping to buy water to keep us hydrated. (It was 90+ degrees out with very high humidity, as we took our "little walk".)
We finally arrived at our first destination: Castillo de San Cristobal (an old Spanish Fort). Yes. It is part of the U.S. National Park Service, since Puerto Rico is a U.S. Territory.
After exploring the fort for awhile, it started to rain and we decided that was the perfect time to go find some lunch. By the time we found a little hole-in-the-wall restaurant (the restaurant was maybe 6' wide, with 4 or 5 little tables), it was pouring rain and we were dripping wet. The first thing the waiter asked was, "Would you like a towel?" We dried our faces and then each ordered a different type of Puerto Rican Chicken & Rice dish. Delicious!
San Juan was established in 1521. Have you ever been to a 500 year old city? The blue cobblestone streets and brightly colored buildings were beautiful.
At one point, I stopped to rest while Jim hiked 92 steps up (and 92 steps down) a tower. My bum knee and blistered feet were just about done for the day.
A sweet young ranger stopped by to chat and was excited to find out that we were from her home state. She asked where we were staying, and could. not. believe. that we had walked all the way from our cute, little hotel. Seriously?!?! She assured me that our "short walk" was at least 5 or 6 miles. (Google Maps later confirmed the 6 mile "short walk" that we had taken.) No doubt my knee and feet were ready to be done. (smile)
The "Burgandy Cross" flag was the Colonial Spanish Military flag . . . the middle flag is the Puerto Rico flag . . . flying side-by-side with our beautiful flag of the U.S.A.
It was so interesting for us to try to figure out exactly how a U.S. Territory "works". We still have many more unanswered questions than we do answers. (Are any of you Readers from a U.S. Territory?)