|Cargo ferry has a theater, who knew??|
Well. St. David must have been amused, because sure as
I really had no business going to San Juan with Larraine, with no other purpose in mind but play, but sometimes...one must go with it. I did and it was good. I don't have photos of the museum gardens (except on Lorraine's camera) but hopefully we'll do that exchange and I can add them later. We spent a good amount of wandering time in the Museum of Art and a few pieces and painters managed to snag my serious attention. I almost bought a poster of my favorite painting, but on thinking about it and looking at the painting again, I realized I'd rather keep the original in my head. It has a gold leaf on it that can't be replicated, even though the poster was really good.
Artist: Angel Botello Barros
Name: Flora de Puerto Rico (1946)
Taken from: http://www.farpr.org/flora-puerto-rico
All of that gold really is gold and it works, utterly perfectly. There are rays coming out of the compass rose, but only as slightly deep engraved lines going through the painting. There is so much in it (you can't tell in this but those little spots around the island are fish and sea horses and crabs and more), and yet, a simple thing. Even though Culebra isn't in the painting, it certainly is.
I'd love to get to more museums in San Juan...
We did get to a place I've been wanting to go for years now, La Casita Blanca. Ever since meeting Jesus, the owner's son, at the cart and talking hot sauce and food and restaurants, I've wanted to check this one out. It sounded like something good; a long time family owned place that ALSO makes their own hot sauce! Finally, being on a trip with nothing to do but play, we got there, thanks to Miss Moneypenny (the GPS on British English setting). Well worth the extra ten bucks on a rental car if you are trying to find places in San Juan (even though at one point she made me, the navigator, a wee bit crazy(er) and I had to throttle her a few times). Bottom line? I LOVE THIS PLACE!!!!! The food was great - we had the fricasee'd veal, pastalon and picadillo criollo - the house sangria delicious, the after meal complimentary anisette a lovely surprise, ambiance fantastico! And the servers were awesome too. Unfortunately, Jesus was not there (well, there was a Jesus there but that was a different one)...maybe next time!
After that meal, a walk was required so we went around Old San Juan (about 4 minutes away, according to Miss Moneypenny). I was trying to find a certain shop and was completely turned around (this surprises you? no, of course it doesn't), but eventually found it...not what it used to be. So on we went, peeking into half open doorways and sliding in to gaze in rapt wonder at the hidden parts. Wow. All too quickly done, but wonderful nonetheless. Thank you, Lorraine, for getting me to see San Juan with surprises of new and the good friend of old.
|Yes, I'm a total tourist|
|Great hotel here...Da House! Walking distance for everything OSJ|
|I love this place, whatever it is (sorry for trespassing...not really)|
|I couldn't fit this ceiling in my backpack.|
|A rainbow on the way home...of course!|
|Ah, back again! note to Air Flamenco, wash the windows, por favor! Great landing, by the way!|
And now back to the every day never the same what will happen next home again home again. Life is good, even with a few humiliations in learning as I go. St. David's Day indeed!
Have a wending Wednesday. Do something wright.