January 15, 2012

San Juan, the capital of Puerto Rico, was our destination after crossing the Atlantic aboard SeaDream I in November.  My first glimpse of this quaint town was while having breakfast on the deck, watching as we proceeded past the dark stone fortress walls.  After gathering all my suitcases (I never travel light), we headed to the Old Town, a mere five minutes away from the quayside by cab, and pulled up at El Convento Hotel.  This very imposing building had begun life as a convent and after being left empty for many years, was converted into a hotel, much to the delight of all the guests.

The cobble stoned streets and brightly coloured buildings made me glad that I decided to spend two nights enjoying my break here before heading on to New York.  I discovered a fantastic shopping street and left San Juan with even more luggage than I had arrived with.

Another very important discovery I made while walking around the centre of town was finding the Barrachina Restaurant which was the birthplace of the Pina Colada.  Naturally I had to dine there that evening to take in the atmosphere and try their famous invention.

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