Monday, October 21, 2013

Old San Juan

You cannot go to Puerto Rico and NOT visit Old San Juan. It's beautiful.

Our first stop was Parque de las Palomas, or Pigeon Park. 
This place my brother & my favorite place! We LOVED it. I remember feeding the pigeons and wanting so badly for them to come closer or land on my arm. 
Now, this was as a kid. Now I know how absolutely disgusting pigeons are. My feelings have changed quite a bit, but I still had to stop for Jaxon. These pigeons were CRAZY! I have never seen them in such a frenzy to get food. I mean they attacked us!! It was terrifying and gross. I couldn't even go in. My aunt was much braver and took Jaxon in and bought some food for the pigeons. And promptly got attacked by by what seemed like hundreds of pigeons.

Did that not give you the shivers? I wanted to bathe Jaxon in Clorox (or Basic G, right Nicole?)

Now onto the cobbled streets of San Juan. 

I wish I would have gotten a picture of Brian pushing the double stroller up the hilly streets. Poor guy. It was a pretty good workout. 

La Fortaleza. The Governor's mansion

We were making out way to El Morro, which is a fort that protected North America during a war or something. Clearly I'm no history buff.  El Morro is super cool because there are little rooms with cannons and if overlooks the ocean, but alas, the government was still shut down. Grrr!! So it was closed. We seriously could not have planned a vacation better. Ha! 
Another cool thing about El Morro is that it's always windy. The good thing about that is the kite flying on the luscious lawn. I remember flying kites there as a kid and knew Jaxon would love to do it too. We had talked about it for months. Usually there are people selling kites on the streets so of course we did not purchase one before hand. So guess what? Yep. No kite sellers. Why? The government shut down. No tourists, no reason to sell kites. Bummer!!!

The ice cream sellers were out in full force though.
A little coconut ice cream for the fam!

She did not let any bit go to waste!
She ate half of mine, half of Jaxon's & a quarter of Brian's! 

That teeny tiny yellow speck is Abu.
The blue speck is Jax

Trying for a family picture.
Reese was in the middle of a full on tantrum because there was no more ice cream. 
I guess 1 and a quarter cups was not enough.

Guess none of these will make the Christmas card.

Before we left San Juan, I HAD to stop at Starbucks! I hadn't had one in days and it would be days until I had one again. 
It's far and few between that anyone spells my name right.
And when they do, I'm a happy girl! 
After playing tourist we headed to my grandparent's house for a feast. My grandfather literally cooked all day for us. There was enough food to feed an army. I wish I could have saved some to bring home. 
No pictures of an of it though. Just a couple of pictures of their house. 

I say smile and she closes her eyes! 

Her facial expressions kill me! 

He's sleeping across two twin beds. 
Next post... lots of beach pictures! That means more of Reese in a bikini. 

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