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This is my first shot from my recent trip to Puerto Rico. It was my wife and my first time away from the baby for more than a few hours, and we made the most of it, sleeping in, sitting by the pool, and engaging in our favorite vacation activity: historical tourism!

This shot was taken from a turret atop the ancient Castillo de San Cristobal, or Castle of St. Christopher, a reference to Christopher Columbus who was the first European to land on Puerto Rico and is something of a national figure here. The turret pictured here is a recent addition, however, erected during World War II to scout for German submarines surfacing near shore. Luckily, I was not on duty, and so I could look in directions other than out to sea, and the view of Old San Juan stretching out to the west was eye catching. Here you can see the major features of the city's Atlantic shore: the wide parks, the city walls, the brightly colored houses, the Cementerio Santa Marķa Magdalena, and El Morro, the fort far in the distance, which is a truly amazing place to visit (and one I'll post pictures from in time). You can also see the notorious La Perla neighborhood, right on the shore, a poor area below the city walls, well known for its drug trafficking issues.

Unfortunately for us, the morning was somewhat overcast as rain had passed over earlier, but as the day went on the skies cleared nicely.

Larger version can be seen on Flickr, here.

Edit: an older shot from this exact same vantage point by Paul57 here.

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