LOCATION: San Juan, Puerto Rico
WEATHER: A bit hotter. High 88. Humid
We got up early to see the sunrise and took a stroll on the waterfront, before it got too hot. There is a big cruise ship docked in the harbor.
Then, off to brunch/breakfast in a very nice, European-looking restaurant. It advertised Puerto Rican and international cuisine. The girls tried mofongo, a typical Puerto Rico dish. It is made with plantains and yucca.
Then – road trip! Melissa drove us to a beach in the northeast part of the island, I’m glad she, and not I, was driving!
For some reason, there was a fence to get onto the beach. We found a hole, and climbed through!
Being near the rain forest, it rained on and off while we were at the beach. Who cares?
After swimming, we had another Puerto Rican specialty at a beach bar. It is a kind of combined beans and rice. It reminds me of a vegetarian paella
Back to our AirB&B to get cleaned up – You can see our steep, cobble-stoned lane
We went to check out a few more bars here in Old Town. This first one was full of character and seemed ancient. It was called El Cubanito and had a Cuban flare. The tattoo-covered bartender made us some very interesting drinks.
We stumbled upon an elegant piano bar/restaurant. We sat at the bar and watched the pet parrot entertain the customers. The parrot likes his owner, the guitar player.
I called it a night and came back to the room to watch Rick Steves Monday Night Travel. The topic was traveling in Europe during the pandemic. Europe seems similar to Puerto Rico – we had to enter our data and upload copies of our Covid vaccine record before entering the country. Many bars/restaurants here require proof of vaccine before entering. Rick says that it is required everywhere in Europe.
While I was watching Rick, the girls hung out at a bar around the corner where they have made friends with the wait-staff.