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Friday, August 15:  We had noted the times that English tours are given at La Fortaleza, but when we drop off our rental car and take a taxi into Old San Juan this morning to take the 8:50 tour, we’re told La Fortaleza is closed today for official business.  We’ll fly back home tomorrow morning, so this is our last chance to see it.  Sometimes the best laid plans simply don’t work out.

La Fortaleza - off limits today

La Fortaleza – off-limits today

Church next to La Fortaleza

Church next to La Fortaleza

Instead, we enjoy coffee again at Cafe Cuatro Sombras, where we had coffee our first day in San Juan.  We walk around SoFo and take advantage of photo ops while the streets are nearly deserted and the light is good.  We walk around and about the charming and colorful streets of the colonial town.

Cafe Cuatro Sombras

Cafe Cuatro Sombras

Cool lights in Cafe Cuatro Sombras

Cool lights in Cafe Cuatro Sombras

Estacionamiento Doña Fela

Estacionamiento Doña Fela

SoFo

SoFo

Raices, where we ate our first night and where we'll eat again tonight

Raices, where we ate our first night and where we’ll eat again tonight

Lupi's ~ home of Omi

Lupi’s ~ home of Omi

Sidewalk cafes in SoFo

Sidewalk cafes in SoFo

balconies galore

balconies galore

We pop into the Museo de San Juan, which in 1857 was a bustling marketplace.  Today we see an exhibit of characters made from flip flops and shoe soles found washed up on the shores of the island.

People made from shoe soles and beach debris

People made from shoe soles and beach debris

shoe sole people

shoe sole people

We take a taxi back to the art district of Santurce because I want to capture some of the interesting street art.

statue in Santurce

statue in Santurce

sculpture in Santurce

sculpture in Santurce

pineapple anyone?

pineapple anyone?

street art in Santurce

street art in Santurce

funny skeleton

funny skeleton

bursts of color

bursts of color

Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico

Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico

Christian Science Church

Christian Science Church

yet another colorful building :-)

yet another colorful building 🙂

We walk back to our hotel from here, where we spend the afternoon relaxing at the beach. 🙂

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