Thursday, January 27, 2011

'Isla del Carribe' Now I know what Marc Anthony sang about.

Wow, so back stateside from our family vacation, and already missing the beach. :) I've never seen anything like the beaches in Vieques. They were beautiful . Although, I gotta say, being able to see the fish swimming around your legs is a bit disconcerting. ROFL. There is not much I can say about the trip really. I'm a photographer, so everything I have to say is in the images I took. And I took plenty. I think I'm gonna hang some of them in my office so I can relive those breezes. Man o man, talk about paradise.

See, wild horses walking around willy, nilly.
There were adventures aplenty. I mean, think about an old Isuzu Trooper with no shocks, and narrow, bumpy  streets. Harrowing is certainly an understatement. It was hella fun. (Not sure if my mother in law agrees, she was holding tight to the 'Oh Shit' bar in the back.) LMAO!!! But hey, I didn't drive down a plunging ravine, hit a wild horse, or unsuspecting resident, so I'm chucking it in the awesome adventure column. I'm adding it right next to having to my husband's abuelo drive us down a mountain backwards 'cause we couldn't go forward, nor could we turn around  (remember those plunging ravines I mentioned?). My heart was POUNDING, but abuelo's got skills. Thanks Belo.

Anyway, met some great people, ate some delicious food, and saw some fantastic sights. So Puerto Rico, I'll be back to visit.

So please enjoy the shots I took. Oh, and don't ask me facts. Carmen didn't speak English and my Spanish didn't go as far as I thought. So all of the interesting tidbits she told us went over my head.  Carmen was so sweet about it and all in all we got along great and I'm kinda proud of the how much I understood. Once I joined my mother in law who translated for us things got easier.
This was taken in Dorado

I just thought it was a hilarious sign. Not so much 'cause Wednesday's spelled wrong. lol, but because it's www.


I think this is Grand Beach. It used to be on the Marine base, but since they got the boot, the locals get to use it now. Fantastic Beach.

The view from my husband's grandfather's porch. I mean really, how much closer to paradise can you get.

I think Abuelo said this tree was a couple of centuries old.

Man I love me some popeye's, lmao, so imagine my suprise when we pulled up and they didnt' serve chicken. :) SN: We did eventually go to Popeye's in Dorado and all I gotta say is, stateside Popeye's needs to step they game up.

Waterfall at El Yunque rainforest.

The view from the top of the mountain at El Yunque. Yeah, it was dizzying and amazing all at the same time.

I forget the name of the tower, but my son insisted we climb all the way to the top. Man, I'm still outta breath. lol

This was a fantastic statue in Dorado, it really showed the history of their city. The Conquistador, the African Slave, and the Taino Indian.

This is the beach in Luquillo, and yes, the sand was that awesome color. I couldn't believe it. Five minutes up the road in the same town, the beach is a totally different color. Crazy

The beach in Luquillo, see, different color sand.

Nom, nom. The guy called them chicken tacos, but Carmen called them Pastelillos. Mayhap that's spelled incorrectly. :)

By far the best fish I've ever tasted. They called it Cierra.(Probably spelled wrong.) It's king fish, and my new favorite dish!

The whole strip at Luquillo beach had little places like this that sold food. There was a small souvenir shop, pool tables, and it looked like the hang out place. The food was to die for!! It was my first stop straight from the airport. LOL, thanks Carmen.

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