|June greets us upon return from parking the car!|
|The communal lounge right outside our door.|
|Our room, small, but adequate.|
|Chicken in garlic sauce SO good!! Looks simple, but it was a symphony in my mouth!|
|Do NOT miss the Garlic sauce! Just don't do it!|
|OK YOU try to get a photo with Bruce smiling like a normal person. Just not possible!|
|Not many people around today.|
|Out we go again, into the damp and deserted streets.|
|The main entrance to La Perla|
|New community gardens!|
|Bright Kid's Space in the shadow of ancient walls.|
|The waves threaten to engulf these streets!|
|Beautiful tile mosaic!|
|A work in progress.|
|Beautiful surprises everywhere!|
|The Malecon! Looks a little WET!|
We peered into doorways, and down brightly painted alleyways, looking for... what? Anything! Just soaking it all up!
Somewhere along the Malecon, we passed, or almost passed... a sign advertising that several flavors of Pitorro could be found inside. YES PLEASE!!!
We went around and ducked inside, hoping for a respite from the wild wind, but the windows were wide open to the elements. Inside, there was a small group of people gearing up to play some music. A beautiful woman dressed in white, sat on a stool, her hands busy with a set of maracas.
The bartender poured our chosen treat, Coco for me! My favorite! And we enjoyed the brief instant that the delicious, yet potent liquid lingered on our tongues.
|I've got no idea why there are two of those cups in my hands!|
|Totally enjoying my rare Girls Day Out!|
|I know what THIS is....|
Continuing on our walk, the weather seemed to be worsening. There was a bit more rain, and the waves were just ferocious! We watched as a cruise ship slowly made her way into port.
We left the Malecon, and continued along the shoreline on a street that was lined with one long collection of murals, all dedicated to those who lost their lives in the hurricanes of 2017.
We continued on, winding our way through the neighborhood streets, marveling at the brightly colored homes. There are still very few people out, although there are plenty of parked cars. Not many willing to be out in this mess! I'll definitely have to return on a more sunny day to see what we've missed!
|June, conversing with the gatos!|
|I LOVE THIS!|
|Serene garden gate!|
|This is the eastern end of La Perla. It abuts the cemetery!|
|Street curves around and meets the wall again, where we found stairs to climb up and out of the Barrio.|
With much more than a sprinkle now falling, we hurried along the soggy streets toward our hotel and nary even the promise of a hot shower for our troubles! But it was fun, running like wet rats, through the empty streets of this ancient city!
Back at our hotel, we showered and rested up a bit, waiting for our reservation time at our next must-do restaurant, Punto de Vista.
This place is on the top floor - rooftop actually - of one of the hotels in the old town. It is known for its romantic rooftop dining, but tonight, there would be none of that. The rain continued to come and go, and the winds were just blowing ridiculously!
We stopped in earlier to make our reservation, and showed up to be seated immediately.
It's another quirky place, and they seem to be enjoying quite a crowd for such a nasty night. We got a great corner table, right in front of the windows that continuously threatened to come crashing in every time a particularly strong gust hit the building.
|The view from the window.|
|My pork tacos foreground, Bruce had fish tacos.|
Returning home late in the evening, we were treated to yet another face of Old San Juan. I am learning to love her many moods as we come here time and again. It just never gets old. Now we have a new place to add to our long list that we offer visitors. La Perla is another hidden treasure we will continue to explore!