Sunday, May 03, 2009

VE of the Caribbean - Ports of Call

With a floating city and so much to do and eat, I don’t why we even bothered to stop at any ports of call. But I have this fascination with seeing the world and so I couldn’t resist the temptation to leave unlimited soft serve ice cream in search of Island treasures. Our first stop was San Juan, Puerto Rico. We had a late afternoon and evening stop. We came in quite indiscreetly.

Now isn’t this the place “The Sharks” from West Side Story escaped from? Boy were they dumb to end up in NYC fighting “The Jets”. I would have stayed behind and gone to the beach. At least its warm here! The first thing we explored was an old historical fort. I have no idea what for and why but tourists flock to these things like moths to a flame. Being the lemmings that we are, we followed.

There were nifty underground tunnels, cannon mounts, prisons, and a line at the entrance thanks to thousands of cruisers debarking all at the same time. Here are a few pictures I’ll share of the area.



We walked along the ocean side (I mean it is a flippin’ island, what else are you going to do?) for awhile and came across this interesting cemetery.

If the wifey-poo weren’t with me I’m sure I would have taken a right turn just beyond it and gone down into an exclusive neighborhood near the beach…which just happens to be where all the drug lords reside and is a major no-no for tourists to venture to if they happen to enjoy living. But of course the wifey-poo counter-acts all my bad choices with good ones and so we missed that option even though the ship never warned us of the hazard.

Instead, we headed over to the museum area where we found this odd statue.
After that we headed into old town for some shopping and people watching. Here are a few pictures

The poor guy with the car. Obviously he was proud of it but what the hell do you do with it once you’ve finished tricking it out other than drive endlessly around the island saying “look at me, look at me”. Whatever!

We found an excellent outside seating spot at a local restaurant that served authentic food. I don’t know what constitutes authentic in Puerto Rico but we took their word for it.

Next up…VE of the Caribbean – Lose your Virgin Islands

51 comments:

Beth said...

Hey! I remember that fort - and those balls!
(And the blessed relief of getting off the damned ship for awhile.)

Dalton J. Fox said...

I wonder if the tricked-out car belonged to one of the aforementioned drug lords.

Lady Sarcasm said...

Beautiful pictures! You brought great symmetry to the pile of balls picture.. lol :)

Quirkyloon said...

They serve soft ice-cream at McDonald's. I didn't see any pictures of the McDonald's, surely there was one around?

ReformingGeek said...

Nice balls, VE!

I think going to the fort must be like going to the "ruins" in Mexico. You have to do it once.

I love Puerto Rican food. Wait. I think I mean Cuban. Close enough, huh? ;-)

EmmaK said...

looks wonderful, I am soooo jealous. But off to Buenos Aires in June so then you can be jealous of me tangoing until dawn!

Gladys said...

I wish I had the balls to travel. Oh wait it's not balls it's money I need. ;)

That tunnel reminds me of "fat man's misery" in Wind Cave.

Elizabeth said...

Looks like a beautiful city. With only an afternoon and evening stop over did you feel rushed? Or did you have enough time to see everything you wanted to?

Quickroute said...

I was there for a long w/e once but You had a lotta 'balls' to take that picture - RESPECT!

Dale said...

Great photos, sounds like an excellent life you're leading presently.

The Incredible Woody said...

Your stint as a photography artist led to, uh, very, uh, vaginal shots. I guess we know what was on your mind!

Carla said...

Fabulous photos. I've never done the cruise thing, but am itching to hop on a plane to somewhere. Soon, soon.

Perpetual Chocoholic said...

Does your wife actually mind being called wifey-poo? Reminds me of "Witchie-Poo" from "Puff 'n Stuff". I guess I'm dating myself here.

lime said...

we have a picture of our son atop a small mound of cannon balls when he was about 4. he is wearing a somewhat constipated look on his face. i still giggle at the picture.

Ronda Laveen said...

I recently read that Puertorican Goat Statues are equivalent to US lawn gnomes.

That there scooped hood on the drug lord's $$ Chevelle, is a very rare option. Probably no where on that round track island to get her up to speed. Sad.

Janna said...

I've been staring at that last picture for quite a few minutes now and I still can't figure out what that is.
I think I see (maybe) two giant shrimp off to the side, and what looks like a big pile of bean sprouts on top....?
What's the rest of it?
Was it any good?

VE said...

beth - Ha, yes, all tourists seem to do the same. But with only an afternoon and evening that is the closest thing to see.

dalton - I'll bet you are right. Good thing I made it back with my life for taking a picture!

lady sarcasm - Thanks. I haven't had more balls around since I had to shower at the health gym...

quirky - You know, I never saw a single one. The section we were in was pleasantly authentic Puerto Rico

reforminggeek - Yes, it is kind of required touristing to go to the fort. That dish we ate was very authentic Puerto Rico though. Similar to Cuban but their own flavor

emmak - Buenos Aires? You should ask quickroute for the choice spots. He lived there for several years. I've been there 5 or 6 times. I like the city. You'll have a blast...and I AM jealous already...

gladys - I wish I had more money to travel. I'd have no problem at all being a trust-fund baby...

elizabeth - I didn't feel rushed here despite the limited time. We had about 7 hours and plenty of time to see the contained part of the island we'd set our sights on seeing which was really the fort, part of the coast line and wandering through the old town.

quickroute - Yeah, I'm tacky that way!

dale - It is, until the bottom drops out of course.

incredible woody - Ha! Good observation. I might have had influences during this particular vacation...

carla - I've always got that itch. It never seems to get scratched. You sound overdue. Seems like it has been awhile since you were off...

perpetual chocoholic - The wife-poo doesn't mind me calling her the wifey-poo...as long as I only do it here. As for dating yourself...it's a lot cheaper than dating others!

lime - Damn...and here I thought I was the first one to come up with that ingenious idea...

ronda - Well if I'd known they were the Puerto Rico's version of gnomes, I'd have given more respect to the goat statues! The Chevelle looked expensive for sure...it had to have been the drug lords car

janna - It was an authentic Puerto Rico dish. It had shrimp and a local blackened fish on the corners. The fish had some unique taste. The main part of a specific local plantain (however you spell it) with scallops and a tasty sauce and then sprouts on the top. Delicious with the Mojito's we had.

Chris Eldin said...

Looks really, really fun!!
Thanks for sharing the pics!
:-)

Bazza said...

Looks like you're having a great time, and no ball jokes from me, I don't go in for any of that old bollocks.

VE said...

chris - You're welcome!

bazza - Wise decision!

Jacki said...

Some of the fondest memories I have of Amsterdam is walking through the druggie areas and getting asked if I wanted to buy anything. Oh, and the Red Light District. So I know I would have wandered into the dangerous areas, just to see.

You and I are so much alike!

Roy Scribner said...

I'm sure the locals get a chuckle out of the "local food" but, hey - there's only so many ways to cook rice and fish, right?

VE said...

jacki - We must be alike; I visited the same areas of Amsterdam. I also parked illegally and then tried to sneak into the car while the cop was talking to a shop owner about it and they caught me. I used the "stupid tourist" and got out of it though...

roy - Actually...this one was very different. It was a local fish and unique flavoring I've never tasted and of course plantain isn't found just anywhere

Candie Bracci said...

Really cool stuffs!

VE said...

candie - Thanks!

moooooog35 said...

I don't live very far from Lawrence, Massachusetts.

A little bit of Puerto Rico every day, right there.

Sure, I might get shot and/or knifed, but I save shitloads by not spending money for a cruise.

Helpful tip for next time.

Jaime said...

it'd take a lot to get me to leave unlimited supplies of free ice cream too. of course, that's probably why i suffer from body by ben & jerry...

freetheunicorns said...

You left behind unlimited soft serve ice cream for that. Wow, you have some seriously impressive will power.

Roy Scribner said...

Oh yeah - plantains! lol

Dang, I forgot about those - cooked bananas with every meal. I don't miss that.

VE said...

moooooog35 - You mean I could have saved thousands just by going to Lawrence? I'll make a note...do I have to bring my own knife? They're a hassle to travel with...

jaime - They had a Ben & Jerry's on the ship too! Of course they did...

freetheunicorns - I suffer just for you, man! You deserve these incredible artistic pictures!

roy - Funny...some cooked plantains taste more like crackers or bread or something. That's just weird...

Serena said...

Love the pictures! Seen next to the building, I can't get over how humongous that ship is.

VE said...

serena - Yeah, that picture really does show how big that damn ship was.

Nessa said...

You ate a Puerto Rican?

VE said...

nessa - They're a little salty...

Dee said...

glad you had a nice time, thanks for sharing.

I like the city of san juan....
I know a boat you can ride on....
Hundreds of flowers in full bloom.....
hundreds of people in each room.......

VE said...

dee - Ha! I know that song! I parodied it once. Good call!

Mrs. R said...

Love the pictures. Glad you guys had a good trip.

VE said...

mrs. R - Thanks, it was fun!

Deb said...

Mooooog is right, though he didn't mention Chelsea, MA which puts Lawrence to shame. Hey, here in Maine we have cannon balls, cemeteries, frou-frou food, bumpy roads and wicked cool accents heyah, too. It's just a tad cooler.

VE said...

deb - MA is one of the 18 states I haven't been to. I've been mostly fixated on world travel for the past 15 years but I'll get around to the rest of the USA. I know I'd like the clam chowder!!

Ronda Laveen said...

Is that very tan Avatar guy with the Howdy Doody crayon head really you? I have a hard time identifying you with the somewhat pale, ball (canon) sitting man in this post.

VE said...

ronda - Yes, alas, I've given up on getting so tan these days. I've been much darker than even my avatar picture. Perhaps I'll post me back in the early 80s when I had a perm and was REALLY dark. That would scare everyone. Now I tend to lather up in spf 1 billion. I find tanning to just age and I don't need more age!

leelee said...

I loved PR...I can relate..I am married to a Cuban...kinda the same and yet very different.

RIIIIIICKY!

HUGS!

VE said...

leelee - Well I didn't know that! PR felt the most authentic of the places...

yellojkt said...

Great pictures. Almost makes me want to go but then I keep remembering that I hate the islands.

Megan said...

Darnit, my comment didn't save. Stupid Blogger.

It was something about me taking up all the time they give for shore leave just trying to find my way off the damn boat. And giving up and going to find a rum drink...

VE said...

yellowjkt - Even Australia? Africa is kind of like a big island...

megan - I believe that may have happened to a few people. They departed from deck 3...I'm sure there were drunken tourists down among the engines on deck 1 looking for a way out...

Maureen said...

That was a goat?

Wow. My eyesight is really getting bad.

VE said...

maureen - What did you think it was? Yeah, the picture doesn't show it well...

disa said...

I love it ! Very creative ! That's actually really cool Thanks.

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