SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO


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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2008:

Very early on Friday, February 15 I flew to San Juan, Puerto Rico.
It was a four and a half hour flight out of Chicago's O'Hare airport.

CHICAGO SKYLINE VIDEO
2 minute video of the Chicago skyline as I flew out of Chicago.
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All of the images below are thumbnails and can be clicked on for a larger image.

I arrived in San Juan around 4:00pm and checked into the Condado Plaza Hotel.
It was sunny and warm and I had time for a short walk around the area before the sun set.
United for Ted A320 operating as flight #1675Condado Plaza Hotel & CasinoMy room @ Condado Plaza Hotel

MY EMAIL SENT FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2008
Hello Everyone,

It's time for my winter break. I left Indianapolis very early this morning and flew to San Juan, Puerto Rico. Had to sit on the plane in Chicago for over an hour and a half waiting for luggage to be screened that was coming in from Canada. Other than that flights were uneventful.

Didn't have time to do much today as there was only about two hours of daylight left after I got checked into the hotel. I did have time for a walk around the area before it got dark where I took the attached picture of my hotel.



Tomorrow (Saturday) I leave on a 7 day cruise of the Southern Caribbean. We stop in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, St. Kitts, Grenada, Bonaire and Aruba before returning to San Juan the following Saturday. The ship doesn't leave here until 11:00pm tomorrow night so I will have all day here in San Juan before we leave.

Weather is nice here, temps in the 80s. This will probably be the only email I send because I doubt that I will try using the slow connection on the ship, and I will be returning home immediately after the cruise.

Tim

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2008:

On Saturday I boarded the Crown Princess around noon. It was docked at Pier Four in Old San Juan.
Since we didn't sail until 11:00pm I spent the afternoon walking all around historic Old San Juan.
Children were cooling off from the warm afternoon sun in the fountain at Plaza del Quinto Centenario.
The lawn in front of Castillo San Filipe del Morro was filled with people flying kites in the strong trade winds.
Crown PrincessPlaza del Quinto CentenarioCastillo San Filipe del Morro

There are spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean from the nearly 500 year old fort.
Castillo San Filipe del MorroAtlantic Ocean from inside Castillo San Filipe del MorroCastillo San Filipe del Morro

After leaving del Morrow I continued my walk
through the narrow streets of Old San Juan over to Fort San Cristobal.
Castillo San Filipe del Morro CemeteryNarrow streets of Old San JuanFort San Cristobal

You get a nice view of the city and my cruise ship from inside this fort.
City of San Juan from inside Fort San CristobalCrown Princess from inside Fort San Cristobal

I returned to the ship at dusk for dinner and the welcome aboard show in the Princess Theater.

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO VIDEO
11 minute video of San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Click on the İYouTube player below to watch the video.



SAN JUAN SAIL AWAY VIDEO
9 minute video of my sail away from San Juan, Puerto Rico on the Crown Princess.
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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2008:

After the cruise was over we returned to San Juan. Since we arrived early in the morning and my flight
didn't leave the worthless San Juan Airport until late afternoon, I took a tour of the El Yunque Rainforest.
El Yunque RainforestEl Yunque RainforestYokahu Tower

You got a nice view of the Rainforest from the top of the Yokahu Tower.
The last place we stopped in the park was La Coca Falls.
El Yunque Rainforest from top of Yokahu TowerEl Yunque RainforestLa Coca Falls

After the rainforest it was off to the airport and the return flight home.
United 757 operating as flight #1063


Click above to continue to my next adventure, ST. THOMAS.

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