Thought I’d forgotten about you, huh? Of course not. But yesterday – San Juan – was somehow a very busy day and I ran out of time. And perhaps the various cocktails I sampled during the day tuckered me out just a tetch.
So, in brief, I thought I’d share our day in pictures with you. Not much narrative, just what it looked like. Is that OK with you?
Before that, however, here are a couple of pix from our own AAC CPA at Qsine, the specialty restaurant where we dined on Monday night. I told you about it in a past entry. The thing I forgot to mention is that your menu is actually an iPad, and you scroll through and add to “my favorites” all the dishes (tapas-style) that you want to sample. It can quickly mount up and get out of control. But then Yelena comes up and tells you what to do. Relinquishing control makes it so much easier. So:
AAC CPA self lubricates at Qsine.
Sushi lollipops with dipping saucesI
Vegetarian and Short Ribs Spring Rolls
Amazing crab cake, which somehow has spaghetti, too
Next day around 2:30 in the afternoon, we arrived at San Juan.
Buenos tardes, San Juan!
AAC CPA disembarks
And more disembarkation
And now we set out on a quest to find an excellent Piña Colada, a most important mission. We’d been told, by one whose credentials on such matter are beyond reproach, to seek out a place called Barrachina, and so we did. And, within a matter of minutes:
And there it is: Barrachina
And, should you visit their website, it clearly states that Barrachina is “birthplace of the famous Piña Colada”, so there it is in black and white.
And there they are, in living color – note the umbrellas, by the way
After our cocktail, we took a little stroll through Old San Juan. Here’s one of the indigenous places we found:
You never know when you might need a pair
More interestingly, AAC CPA and stayed many, many years ago in a charming former convent appropriately called El Convento. According to google maps, it was literally a stone’s throw away.
Brings back very sweet memories of a long-ago time
Then it was time to head back to the ship. Just before boarding we saw a lovely almost full moon rising over the city.
Moon over San Juan
A little later we saw this amazing sunset:
And then it was time to meet our group at the Sunset Bar for – what else – cocktails.
Here we are: The Might Eight: Steve, Ian, Jamie, Kurt, Linda, Dave, AAC CPA and – behind the camera – your faithful servant.
After a shower and change of clothes, AAC CPA and I made our way up to deck 15 for a lovely dinner at the Lawn Club Grill:
AAC CPA on the way to the Lawn Club Grill for a sunset dinner
And here he is at the Grill:
Feeding time, so AAC CPA is very happy
By the way, the Lawn Club Grill has a great concept: al fresco dining, 4 course meal, beginning with a flatbread that you can make yourself (including twirling the crust), generous salad bar, following by the grill course – steaks, lamb, fish, seafood, vegetables grilled to perfection, with yummy sides and then, finally, dessert – the cobbler and chocolate chip cookie with vanilla ice cream are the ones to take.
And while we were enjoying our meal, we began our departure from San Juan. The ship’s movement provided a gentle breeze as we headed out to sea.
All in all, a lovely way to end the day.
This morning, we landed in St. Kitts. Here are a couple of shots:
What we saw from our veranda this morning
And look what’s next door to us:
Yes, it’s a Celebrity sister ship
And now it’s time for lunch, so that’s all today, kids. Enjoy your pre-holiday and we’ll see you next time!