Here's a ThrowBack Thursday dating back to 2011. I took this with my very first DSLR, a Nikon D3000 on a visit to the historical El Morro Fort in Old San Juan. Enjoy!!!
Old San Juan is surrounded by a lot of Sentry Boxes used in the past to defend the City. There's a lot of history and is such a beautiful place to visit and sightseeing. Enjoy!!!
La Fortaleza (The Fortress) is the current official residence of the Governor of Puerto Rico. It was built between 1533 and 1540 to defend the harbor of San Juan. The structure is also known as Palacio de Santa Catalina (Santa Catalina's Palace). It is the oldest executive mansion in continuous use in the New World. It was listed by UNESCO in 1983 as part of the World Heritage Site "La Fortaleza and San Juan National Historic Site".
During the 1640 reconstruction, the chapel of Santa Catalina, which originally existed outside of the walls, was demolished and was integrated to the walls of the structure, resulting in the alternate name Santa Catalina's Palace. Enjoy!!!
These were the outposts of protection for the island of San Juan against attacks by sea and by land, the loneliest job of all had to go to the sentries who manned the garitas of the forts.
They are the official symbol of San Juan, and it’s easy to see why. There is something a bit romantic about them. They’re photogenic, of course, standing out high above and in stark contrast to the brilliant blue of the sky. Enjoy!!!
Casa Borínquen is located on San Sebastian St, Old San Juan. Right outside there's a mural depicting a symbol of national pride - a portrait of independence leader, Pedro Albizu Campos. Enjoy!!!
Casa Borínquen - Old San Juan
Plaza de Armas (Arms Square) is Old San Juan's main square, on San José Street. Features four statues representing the four seasons; all are over 100 years old. It was carefully planned as the main city square and has served as a social meeting place for generations. Enjoy!!!
Winter in Old San Juan
A Black and white close look at the Raíces Fountain (Fuente Raíces) located in Old San Juan. Enjoy!!!
Reaching For The Sky
With its abundance of shops, historic places, museums, open air cafés, restaurants, gracious homes, tree-shaded plazas, and its old beauty and architectonical peculiarity, Old San Juan is a main spot for local and internal tourism. A free tourist trolley serves the city.
Visiting the Puerto Rico flag mural located in San Jose Street its a must to do when you are vacationing in San Juan, PR! Make sure you wear comfortable shoes like sneakers because the sidewalks are very narrow and there are a lot of hills. Enjoy!!!
Puerto Rico Flag Mural
The Columbus Quincentennial in 1992 sparked a major refurbishing of the colonial architecture of Puerto Rico. The island's architectural heritage is Spanish, of course, as seen in the narrow, winding cobblestone streets and the pastel-colored, tile-roofed buildings with ornate balconies and heavy wooden doors that open onto inner courtyards in the style of Andalusia in southern Spain.
Current restoration and renewal projects focus on Old San Juan and the city of Ponce. It is estimated that there are at least 400 structures of historic value in Old San Juan, including some of the finest examples of Spanish colonial architecture in the New World. Enjoy!!!
En Mi Viejo San Juan
Raíces 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 godessess riding horses and dolphins with jets of water spraying over them. At night, the fountain is illuminated with lights.
As you may see, it was empty when I went to photograph but it still looks good. Enjoy!!!
Las Raíces Fountain
The Pigeons Park is located in Old San Juan. Its name comes from the hundreds of pigeons that live there and every day hope to be fed by the visitors. It has banks from where you can enjoy a beautiful vista towards the San Juan Bay.
Close Up Pigeon
There's nothing more romantic that a destination wedding. Now more than ever couples are opting for not so traditional wedding ceremonies. And a lot of couples pick to officiate their vows in Puerto Rico.
This one was captured in Old San Juan. I was just walking around snapping pictures when my wife spotted the couple in a very intimate and private ceremony. Just the coupe and the wedding officiant. I couldn't resist but to take a couple of shots without any of the participants noticing my presence. Enjoy!!!
A Very Intimate Wedding
When visiting Old San Juan in Puerto Rico I'm always amazed by the rich architecture and the incredible amount of sculptures scattered all over the city. Next time you visit take a look at all the details and the care that went into the making and placement of all of them. Enjoy!!!
Night life in San Juan is pretty busy and diverse. The Capital city of Puerto Rico is one of the more sought after tourists destinations. Here you can see a view of El Puente Dos Hermanos, the main gateway to El Condado. In this part of the city you will find some of the most exclusive hotels Puerto Rico have to offer as well as great dining and hangouts in the area.
Puente Dos Hermanos at Night
Away from home... on deployment.
As some of you might know, I'm a service member. At the moment of this blog post I'm deployed with my unit and therefore, away from home. The hardest part of the deployment is being far away from the family and my kids. To make time go by faster, I brought my camera and soon I'll be posting some of the pictures that I've been taking.
Night view of El Condado
This shot was taken from the ninth floor of the Caribe Hilton Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The view was fantastic as we just had a thunderstorm that passed by.
As a photography enthusiast I'm putting my pictures in the web for everybody to see and enjoy. I started to write this blog about three months ago and the audience that comes and visit is growing at a steady pace. As you can see, we are getting over 1,000 visits a week, yay!!!! I want to take this opportunity to thank each and everyone of you that are taking time from your busy live to visit this humble site. My promise to you is that I will continue to take and share pictures of what I see in this wonderful world of ours. Once again, thanks!!!
In this next shot you can see the south part of the Puerto Rico Capitol Building and to the north you can also appreciate a wonderful view of the Atlantic Ocean. This was taken around eight in the morning on a bright and sunny day.
Here is another shot from the San Juan area in Puerto Rico. I really like this one due to the fact that you can see the change in color of the ocean. To the north of the San Juan bay you can see how blue the water is and to the south the water is greenish in color.
San Juan Bay Entrance
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The Capitol of Puerto Rico (Spanish: Capitolio de Puerto Rico) is located on the Islet of San Juan just outside the walls of Old San Juan. The building is home to the bicameral Legislative Assembly, composed of the House of Representatives and Senate. The building is located in the Puerta de Tierra sector of San Juan.
The Capitol is also commonly referred to as the Palace of Laws (Spanish: Palacio de las Leyes).
As you can see right behind the Capitol Building is the Port of San Juan.
The "Port of San Juan" is the general name used to call various passenger and cargo facilities located in lands around the San Juan Bay (Bahía de San Juan). The port is composed of a total of sixteen piers, of which eight are used for passenger ships and eight for cargo ships. The port's facilities, in addition to, Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport and the Cataño Ferry "Lancha de Cataño" services, are property of the Puerto Rico Ports Authority.
The bay and its docks are located along San Antonio Canal, a narrow navigable section of San Juan Bay lying south of Old San Juan and San Juan island, and north and west of the Puerto Rico Convention Center District and Isla Grande Airport. The municipalities of Cataño, Guaynabo and San Juan compose the south side of the bay and port.
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Capitol of Puerto Rico
The Puerto Rico Convention Center is the largest in the Caribbean and the most technologically advanced throughout both the Caribbean and Latin America. Boasting 580,000 square feet of total space, the Center can accommodate groups of up to 10,000, in an ideal setting at the gateway to all the Island has to offer. It is a government owned building under the administration of the Convention Center District Authority.
It is also known as Dr. Pedro Rosselló Convention Center in honor of the former Governor of Puerto Rico.
Dr. Pedro Rosselló Convention Center
I've been fortunate enough to ride in helicopters as part of my regular job. Every time I get a change to fly, I take my camera with me to snap some pictures. For this shots, we were traveling from the southern part of Puerto Rico to San Juan. As I recall, it was a cloudy morning with some showers. As we were arriving to San Juan, the sun was raising and some rays were slipping through the clouds.
It's no secret that one of the most sought after tourist destinations in Puerto Rico is Old San Juan. That's why every time I get a chance, I go and take pictures again and again. It's almost imposible not to capture beautiful pictures anywhere in Old San Juan. Bellow you can see more "Garitas" or Sentry Boxes.
Old San Juan
La Garita, a sentry box at El Morro castle, has come to symbolize Puerto Rico and El Viejo San Juan in particular.
Guarding the entrance
This lighthouse is on the El Morro Fort at Old San Juan. In my opinion, it's the most unusual lighthouse I have ever seen, and a beautiful symbol of Puerto Rico.
A Beautiful Lighthouse