Vieques with Elly

Elly and I took a trip to the island of Vieques, which lies off the coast of Puerto Rico

Saturday, December 4th, 2010

1: The sun was setting as we stepped off the ferry in Isabella Segunda

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2: The sky really was this amazing colour.

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3: The next day, Elly and I went for a short horse tour of the area

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4: Elly naturally fell into the standard gunslinger pose

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5: A flower near our first rest stop

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6: The horses took us to the top of one the local peaks. This panorama is a series of stitched images shot from the back of my horse.

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7: A kitty rests in the front yard of one of the neighboring houses.

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8: Plumeria were in evidence

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9: Same plumeria, different aspect ratio

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10: Tree fronds just outside the fort

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11: A (poor) panoramic shot of the view from our balcony

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12: Elly relaxes with a mocha in a cafe just around the corner from our hotel in Old San Juan

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13: Brightly coloured buildings were everywhere in San Juan

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14: Empty doorway in Old San Juan

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15: Street signs (note the holiday decorations—despite the tropical weather, it was Christmastime!)

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16: Occupied doorway!

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17: Our cross-street

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18: Stop!

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19: Fronds in a potted plant at the intersection of Fortaleza and San Jose

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20: Pigeons in the Plaza de Armas

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21: Puerto Rican kitties, like most kitties, enjoy sleeping

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22: Closeup of the previous shot

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23: While walking towards the Fort, we stumbled into an area full of cats

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24: Elly says 'hello' to one of the kitties

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25: Walking towards the Castillo San Felipe del Morro site

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26: More colourful buildings

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27: The city tried to keep the tourists and the Insane Clown Posse as far apart as possible

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28: Me outside of the San Juan fort
(photo taken by Elly)


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29: Panoramic shot taken from a cannon cut-through in the gift shop

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30: This is where the previous panorama was taken

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31: The door into the theatre showing the obligatory History of the Fort video

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32: Panoramic shot of the grounds in front of the fort, taken from one of the outer battlements

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33: Elly and me!

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34: Elly takes up position in a sentry box

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35: Looking back towards Old San Juan. Note the graveyard in the foreground, and the Castillo San Cristobal in the far left background

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36: Elly tries to help me illuminate a triangular stairwell

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37: Elly in a guardhouse

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38: Under construction

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39: Elly in a gallery

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40: Elly in a gallery II

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41: Elly in a gallery III

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42: Elly in a gallery IV

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43: Elly in a gallery V

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44: Elly poses by a barred window

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45: I pose by the same window, wearing my Puerto-Rican shirt!
(photo taken by Elly)


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46: One more shot of me by the window
(photo taken by Elly)


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47: Grayscale panoramic shot of the main seaward battlements

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48: Obligatory tourist information plaque

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49: View from one of the outer sentry boxes

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50: Holiday decorations seemed very out-of-place in all the heat

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51: Ornate doorway in Old San Juan (on the way to the Castillo San Cristobal)

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52: Street lamp

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53: Colourful buildings

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54: Colourful railing

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55: The provincial capital

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56: We have arrived at the second fort!

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57: This fort has reptiles

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58: The reptiles got bigger and bigger as we went further into the fort grounds

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59: View back towards the Castillo San Felipe del Morro

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60: View of the coastline from San Cristobal

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61: A small lizard on one of the crumbling fortifications

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62: Two bright green guanas climbing a vertical wall

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63: This guy let me get really close before he skittered away

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64: Ooh, a proper iguana

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65: Outer sentry box at San Cristobal

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66: Waves breaking against the base of the fort

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67: Sentry box

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68: Bench on the grounds of San Cristobal

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69: Elly looks out on Old San Juan as the sun sets

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