San Juan, Puerto Rico

OLD SAN JUAN MUSEUM
PHOTOGRAPH BY DEBRA CHMELINA

Street scene with balcony of San Juan children's museum in foreground. This museum is a fun, air-conditioned stop for kids. It has 3 floors full of all sorts of interactive exhibits, from TV reporting, to caring for animals, to space exhibits — there is something for everyone. It is geared toward children under 15 years old. The information is bilingual , and there are personnel there to help you enjoy the exhibits. The image is a high dynamic resolution (HDR).

HOTEL CONVENTO
PHOTOGRAPH BY DEBRA CHMELINA
This charming hotel is an historic landmark. It was once a 17th Century Carmelite convent. It is right across from a plaza and one of the prettiest streets in San Juan, the Calle Del Cristo. The children's museum (above) is also right there. Please feel free to magnify by place the cursor over the image.
RAICES FOUNTAIN OLD SAN JUAN
PHOTOGRAPH BY DEBRA CHMELINA

Raices Fountain (Fuente Raices) is a large fountain located at the western end of the Paseo de la Princesa which is a fountain that represents the different cultural and ethnic backgrounds in Puerto Rico. The fountain features several naked bronze godesses riding horses and dolphins with jets of water spraying over them. At night, the fountain is illuminated with lights. The image is a very high resolution as can be seen by placing the cursor over it.

CIGAR SHOP OLD SAN JUAN
PHOTOGRAPH BY DEBRA CHMELINA

This little tobacco shop is in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico right next to the bus station. Here the owner will make you a custom cigar while you wait at one of the nearby cafes or bars. While he's waiting for customer he sits outside and plays his guitar.

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SWAN IN PUERTO RICO
PHOTOGRAPH BY DEBRA CHMELINA
CASTILLO DE SAN CRISTOBAL
PHOTOGRAPH BY DEBRA CHMELINA

The Castillo de San Cristobal is a Spanish fort in San Juan, Puerto Rico. It was built by Spain to protect against the land based attacks on the city of San Juan. It is part of the San Juan National Historic Site. Most of San Juan's fortified walls have guerites (sentry boxes, “garitas” to the locals) at various points.

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Information about Old San Juan
It did not take long for the city to come to the attention of Spain’s rivals in Europe. The first attack on the island took place in 1528, when the French razed several outlying settlements, leaving only San Juan. San Felipe del Morro, a formidable castle, was begun in 1539. In 1595, Sir Francis Drake and his men attacked the island but were driven off. In 1598, however, George Clifford and his force of English privateers managed to capture the island, remaining for several months before being driven off by illness and local resistance. It was the only time El Morro castle was ever captured by an invading force.

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