A seven-day cruise on Holland America in March 2005 took us first to San Juan, Puerto Rico, where we spent a late afternoon in the old city. A few artistic photographs originated in the El Morro Fortress (beginning here with a panorama taken from the ship as we entered the harbor). The old city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site; the fortress is a U.S. National Monument. Then two other photos as we walked back to the old city.
|Castillo de San Felipe del Morro, from the entrance to San Juan harbor. Consider it this way: this is approximately the view as seen from the decks of the American warship entering the harbor during the Spanish-American War.|
|Firing Positions. Ramparts of the fortress facing the city.|
|Guard Tower. Overlooking the Atlantic.|
|Chapel of Mary Magdalene. San Juan Cemetery.|
|Spanish Barracks. One thousand Spanish officers and enlisted men were garrisoned here in colonial times. Now a museum.|