In Spanish, calle is pronounced “ki-yea”, what English-speaking folk call street, thus this is San Sebastian Street. It’s one of the longer east/west streets, on the northern—or Atlantic—side of the Old San Juan island. The main attractions are Beneficencia Plaza, School of Fine Arts, Juan Ponce de León Monument, Casa Blanca Museum, several churches, and ends at Abraham Lincoln School. It’s accessible from trolley stops 20&21 (which are also for San Juan Cemetery, and San Juan Museum), and two blocks south of trolley stop 26, which leads to El Morro fort. Walk north for a block on Calle Cristo, and you’ll find Las Américas Museum (highly recommended).
San Juan’s gray bricks were used as ballast for empty Spanish ships coming to the New World, the same as Brits used cobblestones. The beauty of stone cut into brick shape is that they take less space and were used to pave streets, when cargo holds were filled with loot stolen from indigenous peoples of the Caribbean. (Cobblestones were rough riding for carriage or cart wheels.) Calle San Sebastian is mostly residential, but there are a few shops. Enjoy the sites, and perhaps a mojito as Irish anesthesia to ease aching feet. If alcohol isn’t your thing, caffeine-fortified café con leche (espresso with milk and sugar) can get you going again, to visit seemingly endless sites in Old San Juan. Enjoy!
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