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Old San Juan: Puerto Rico's Bohemian paradise

Jan 13, 2012

An entire weekend is not enough time to explore this charming and soulful city in Puerto Rico named Old San Juan. From the narrow streets full of adoquines (cobble stones) to the beautiful wooden balconies, the Old San Juan is a must see. There's a famous song inspired by this amazing city, the name of the song is: En mi Viejo San Juan and the author's name is Noel Estrada.
I was lucky enough to travel to Puerto Rico during the Holidays and I couldn't be happier! I know Puerto Rico quite well since I lived there for about two years. I spent so many weekends looking at the sunset at El Paseo de la Princesa and shopping at the little boutiques in the area and also buying handmade pottery from the artisans. I've also sold some of my creations there during Noches de Galeria (Art Gallery nights at Old San Juan). I have so many fond memories of Puerto Rico than a single post is not enough to describe them. However, I wanted to share with you this small yet beautiful part of Puerto Rico through pictures. If you're a boho girl/boy at heart, you'll love the Old San Juan for sure. If you're planning to go to Puerto Rico, please visit the old San Juan especially during the weekends since there's always music, artisans, and nice things going on. And last but not least, don't forget to try a Piragua (Puerto Rican shaved ice dessert covered with syrup) from your local Piragüero at the Old San Juan :-)


Una semana completa no es suficiente para explorar esta encantadora ciudad con alma soñadora llamada Viejo San Juan en Puerto Rico. Desde las angostas callecitas llenas de adoquines hasta los hermosos balcones de madera, el Viejo San Juan es un sitio que se debe visitar de seguro. Se han hecho hasta canciones en honor a esta linda ciudad, la mas conocida es sin duda: En Mi Viejo San Juan cuyo autor es Noel Estrada. Tuve la suerte de visitar Puerto Rico en estas Navidades y la pase super lindo por alla. Conozco Puerto Rico bastante bien ya que he vivido por alla por dos años. Pase tantos fines de semana observando el atardecer en El Paseo de la Princesa y comprando cosas lindas de las boutiques del lugar y artesanos que trabajan en el área. También tuve la oportunidad de vender algunas de mis creaciones en Noches de Galería en el Viejo San Juan. Tengo tantos recuerdos bonitos que un solo post no es suficiente para contarlos todos. Sin embargo, quería compartir con ustedes un poquito de esta ciudad con las fotos que tome ese día. Si eres una chica/chico Boho de corazón, esta ciudad te va a fascinar. Si estas planeando ir a Puerto Rico, por favor no dejes de visitar el Viejo San Juan, especialmente en los fines de semana ya que siempre hay baile, celebraciones, artesanías, y muchas cosas para disfrutar. Ah y no te olvides de probar una piragua (raspadilla, raspado de hielo con dulce de frutas típicas del lugar) hecha por algún piragüero del lugar :-)

Garita del Morro
Paseo de la Princesa
(The princess walkway)
Raices fountain
(Symbolises Puerto Rico's cultural roots)
La Rogativa
(statue at Old San Juan)
Streets of Old San Juan full of adoquines (cobble stones)
People shopping from artisans
Paseo del Morro
Old San Juan city wall
A very old tree close to the city gate
People singing and dancing in a Parranda
San Juan's Gate
Piraguero
(a person who makes & sells piraguas)
Narrow streets of Old San Juan
A beautiful sunset I was lucky enough to see that day
My outfit of the day at the old San Juan

I'm seriously in love with the beautiful top I was wearing that day! I wear it all the time because it's so pretty and versatile. I can totally wear this lovely sheer top during Summer and even Fall with a long sleeved top inside or a cute cardigan/jacket over. I've received many compliments in Puerto Rico and of course such a detailed and pretty slip has to be from Free People. It's not a secret that I love the store so I bought some presents from Free People during Holidays as well. By the way, Free People has such a cute selection of tunics especially long tunics that I'm loving right now. Thanks for the sweet comments on the previous post and hope you enjoy the pictures!
xoxo


Estoy enamorada de este blusa que me puse el día que pasee en el viejo San Juan! Me la pongo todo el tiempo porque es super linda y versátil. Este hermoso sheer top puede ser usado tanto en Verano como en Otoño con un top pegadito por dentro o un cardigan/abrigo encima. Ya he recibido cumplidos en Puerto Rico gracias a ella y por supuesto este lindo slip tenia que ser de Free People. No es un secreto que esta marca me encanta, hasta comprado regalitos de Navidad de la tienda. A propósito, Free People tiene una hermosa selección de túnicas especialmente las tunicas largas que me gustan tanto. Gracias por los comentarios en el post anterior. Espero que les gusten las fotos de ahora! Besos.

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7 comments:

  1. Lovin' the Free People hun!
    Beautiful post :)

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  2. Happy new year Giovanna! Your visit to Puerto Rico looks amazing! It's such a vibrant place and so beautiful. I'm so pleased to hear that you had a wonderful time. Lots of love! L xxx

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  3. What a lovely place. Would love to be able to visit there one day. TX for sharing!

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  4. Beautiful pictures, thanks for sharing:)

    http://bohemiandaydream.blogspot.com/

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  5. Ahhh this looks so nice right now, especially as where I live it's cold, snowing, and 8 degrees outside! These photos are amazing and hopefully one day I can go there...

    becks
    http://fabulous-junk.blogspot.com

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  6. So lovely! Thanks for sharing.
    Nicole

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  7. funny thing i was there during the supper and the guy selling the ice shaving was the same. i saw on that wall eating mine with my friends... puerto rice is truly beautiful.

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