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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Old San Juan Puerto Rico

Sailing into San Juan 
Puerto Rico is a US Territory located in the Caribbean 
Hurricane Season is from June to November so think of that when planning a visit to here
Old San Juan
Population of around 3.4 million citizens of an area of 3,500 sq miles 
Part of the Citadel know as Morro Castle 
Juan Ponce de Leon founded the original settlement in 1508
Inside the impressive fort
Walking the streets and viewing history everywhere 
Part of the moat system surrounding the fort
Puerto Rico means Rich or Good Port
In time the fort became part of a US post called Fort Brooke in the early 20th century.  In front of the structure the green space was used for baseball diamonds, hospitals, officers club.......even a golf course  
The cobblestone streets of San Juan came from the visting ships ballast......which then they used silver to replace the weight for the return trip across the ocean
The last action the fort seen was during the Spanish American War in 1898
To bring back the Old Town from disrepair the banks provided low interest loans to remodelers and the government gave tax exemptions 
San Juan is known as La Ciudad Amurallada or The Walled City 
The outer walls of the massive 16th century fort
The City has over 400 restored 16th century Spanish colonial buildings 
I seem to find at least one odd thing during my walkabouts lol
San Juan National Historic Site was established in 1949 to preserve the historic buildings
San Juan is the most visited spot in the Caribbean 
A good look at the 12.8 meter ( 42 feet ) walls that surround Old San Juan
The area was declared a UNESCO Heritage Site in 1983
San Juan is the oldest city under US jurisdiction 
In 1961 El Morro was officially retired and it then became part of the National Park Service for all of us to enjoy

Sunday, August 3, 2014

On the Backroads in Eastern Canada

On the road covering over 8,264 miles (13,300 kilometers) of coastline in the Province of Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia became apart of Canada in 1867
Kite Surfing in Lawrencetown 
Over 3000 small lakes in Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia is called ......Canada's Ocean Playground 
Part of the salt water marshes and ice free deep water harbours along the coast
Many unused  rail lines within the province
Scallops, crabs, clams, cod, haddock, pollock, herring and salmon are caught in the waters here
French settlement of Port Royal was built in 1605
Over 80% are of British ancestry
Rural Town off the main highways
Explore John Cabot came to Nova Scotia in 1497
Most of the communities are along the coast

Resources include lumber, pulp and paper and Christmas trees 
Corn Maze in Truro
Old Victorian Homes in Halifax 
Hardwood and softwood forests cover most of the area
Nova Scotia is connected to the next Province of New Brunswick by a small land bridge called an Isthmus which is around 17  miles ( 28 kilometers)  wide

Small town charm
Wild Lupins
From York Redoubt Fort outside Halifax
Apples, blueberries, pears and strawberries are grown in the valley area in the center of the Province 
Hurricane Season starts in late summer which many trees are lost
A fishing boat that has had better days lol
The area also includes 3800 coastal islands 
The facade that shows its history and age 
Peggys Cove where the Lobster is shipped worldwide
Because of the glacier age there is granite everywhere 
Northwest Arm and the Capital of Halifax with around 450,000 citizens 
In 1783 the United Empire Loyalists came to Halifax from the United States
The Province is almost surrounded by water including the Bay of Fundy with the worlds highest tides
Areas along the coast are milder and wetter than the interior 
Amazing Fall Colors
Public Gardens in Halifax showing of its British Heritage