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Old 05-17-2013, 12:45 PM   #331
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Fun fact about the yachts at St. Thomas. I spent a lot of time gazing out at them that afternoon (and even in the morning, when I saw you guys heading off on your excursion).

Then a few weeks after we got home I was reading a piece in Vanity Fair about the daughter of Larry Ellison, the CEO of Oracle. In establishing her pedigree, it said that he was once the owner of the world's biggest yacht -- the Rising Sun, which was right docked beside the Fantasy at Havensight. So wondering just who owns it now, I consulted trusty Mr. Google and it turns out the yacht is now owned by David Geffen.

Didn't see anyone but people swabbing the decks when I was watching, though!
Very cool!
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Old 05-17-2013, 12:48 PM   #332
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Sorry, I'm just catching up. The nice weather all weekend prompted us to play outside. Oh how I love summer.

Great update. The food looks good but the bean salad looks funky. I'm dying to order a Mickey bar. Its the little things. Fritz looks great as does your mom with her scarf. Pirate night sounds like a total blast.
No worries, it'll be here whenever you have time. Summer seems to finally be making an appeance for us, it has been downright cold and then hot and then cold again, but I think it's finally here to stay.

Pirate night is great, all the CMs look so good in their costumes. Mom is cute, she has fun getting in the spirit. I especially like the dance party at night I totally understand, mom adores her Mickey bars!
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Old 05-17-2013, 12:54 PM   #333
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Just got caught up.

I'm embarrassed to say that i've never seen Wicked, but have heard AMAZING things about it. I haven't seen Oz yet either, but i'm looking forward to seeing it when it comes out on Bluray. I love that you guys always find time to watch movies, or at least put them on in the background for noise.
I really enjoyed the books so I know I'd like the play. I'll have to catch it whenever it comes back to town.

I really don't think I would have known the movies were available on the TV except for you. I found a tiny blurb about them in one of the navigators telling how to find them. It was great fun having so many to choose from.

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Okay. Your entree at dinner. Yuck. I don't even understand why they would even make an entree like that. So glad dessert made up for it and that you weren't late for the fireworks!
It was bizarre. Maybe it would have been better with the ribs if you're a rib eater. I'm not but I love salads with corn so that's what made me order it. There was only a sprinkle of corn though.

Plenty of time to get to the fireworks, I felt bad for our tablemates because they seemed genuinely stressed they would miss them.
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Welcome Cynthia! Glad you came over there are links on the first page.

You're heading to Aulani really soon!
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Barracks



I would have loved to go up these stairs! Why do they hide the coolest looking places?





A cistern





I took this picture of the flags, but you can also see the church on the left and the cistern on the right.



I donít remember what this room was used.







You can almost see the second fort far off in the distance. I didnít realize we had to walk that far but was up for the task.



We headed out of San Cristobal and made our way to El Morro. You know by now that I took pictures along the way.



These were right inside the gates and very steep looking.





Looking back







Looking back again. It was a very impressive structure.









Quite a few streets were made with these beautiful blue cobblestones. They were originally ballasts in the bottoms of European merchant ships from the 1700s.



I thought this tree against the sky was so pretty.



Ahhhh, our destination was getting closer



There was this fantastic looking cemetery but I didnít have the energy to walk down to see it.



This was quite a long hike

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Getting closer



Looking back



Almost there



I was confused by this area because Iím used to seeing moats around castles, but I guess this is still a strategic area to have around the gates.







Right inside the entry way



This is much smaller than the first fort but still fascinating





After all the walking we had already done I was not up to walking down there.



It didnít appear to be fascinating enough to warrant hiking back up





This was too cool



And these were various items to use with the canon





Storage room of some kind



Now these stairs I would go down, just to see where they led. But alas they were locked off.



At some point we stopped in and watched the historical video. It was very interesting and gave us a few minutes off our tired feet. Then we headed to the upper portion of this fort.











Just to show you how big the canon balls were

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Old 05-17-2013, 04:38 PM   #337
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This is where we came up from





























And with that we were exhausted and ready to head back to the ship. As we were walking back down the long long long entrance I remarked that Iíd love to have a snowball, and what would you believe was at the next street corner but a snowball cart! We got three, one for each and one to share. One lime, one tamarind/coconut, and one guava. They were so good!

I started eating mine and mom quickly reminded me of a picture!



We thoroughly enjoyed our treats on the way back. I missed a few beautiful pictures but at the time they were not as important as my snowball.





Mom had seen this guy on her last trip and wanted to find him again. I was amazed the birds didnít try to run away.











I was shooed away when they realized I wasnít going to pay to have my picture taken. I probably would have if there hadnít been such a long line and my feet didnít hurt so bad.

And with that our tour of San Juan with mom as an excellent tour guide was at an end. It was a fantastic morning, and we had a lot of fun.

We were back on the ship around 1:45 and first stopped in the Cove Cafť for some goodies. The kiwi tarts werenít anything special, but the cakes were magnificent. We looked for them again but they were never there. They were flourless and so rich!



We decided to head to the room and change into our bathing suits and since we had to walk through Cabanas to get to the room I grabbed some of my favorite steak fries to take with me.



Mom read the Navigator while I enjoyed my fries. We had the Magic Show at 6:15 but nothing interested us inbetween then so we had four hours to do what we wished.
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Old 05-17-2013, 05:58 PM   #338
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Great pics! Someday I will have to get there.
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Old 05-18-2013, 08:54 AM   #340
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Great pics! Someday I will have to get there.
Thank you it is definitely a place worth visiting. Mom spent two weeks on Puerto Rico and a nearby island last year and can't wait to go back. They have some fantastic national forests, rainforests I think.
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The forts are so neat to see. I love that kind of stuff too.
The area looks gorgeous.
I just loved all the beautiful buildings we saw on the way, and the forts were so impressive.
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Love your trip report! San Juan looks like it is just beautiful. I love all of the different colors of all the buildings. I think if I had to walk through Cabanas to get to my room I would be in serious trouble with those fries looking at me every time!!
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San Juan looks like it is just beautiful. I love all of the different colors of all the buildings.
It really was. I did too, they were so unique, I've never seen any city quite like it.

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I think if I had to walk through Cabanas to get to my room I would be in serious trouble with those fries looking at me every time!!
Oh those fries were so good! Just crispy enough on the outside and perfectly soft inside luckily they're only open certain hours of the day so I wasn't able to grab something every time we passed through.
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Old 05-18-2013, 08:24 PM   #344
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Fascinating update and so beautiful. The water looks pretty rough.

The fries look great. I'm praying I don't have to walk through any restaurant to get to our cabin. Room service will be enough temptation. I love room service. I know I'm going to be eating 24/7.
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Old 05-19-2013, 07:47 AM   #345
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I love the points of the forts that right at the water and seeing how well they have maintained the history and not letting those get ruined after years in the water.
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