We only had about six hours to explore Old San Juan as we were in port as part of a cruise. We chose to walk on our own, which was great. The architecture is so lovely, and the shops are varied and plentiful. The cigar shops were my husband's favorite; he loved roaming around the humidor rooms and speaking with the shop owners. In one of the shops, there were about four or five chairs in the middle of the room. They were quickly filled by women while the husbands went into the humidor room. I said "This must be how our husbands feel when we force them to come shopping with us!" . The next thing we knew, the shop owner was pouring Sangria for us so the wait was as pleasant as could be!
We then wound our way up to the Old Fort. It is awe-inspiring. Loving history as we do, we really enjoyed meandering around the fort, learning bits of its history along the way, picturing how it must have been back when the Spaniards were fighting off the Dutch. It really is something to behold.
We look forward to visiting San Juan again when we have more time.
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