On our last full day in the Caribbean, we visited the oldest settlement in Puerto Rico and the historic colonial section of the city of San Juan.

John easing Jez’s transition back into the world of doing one’s own hair and makeup.

The drive from Rincón to San Juan, featuring these amazing trees by the roadside.

Just what every car needs: a cat folder. Frankly, I don’t know how we ever lived without one.

Old San Juan, with bonus young Juan.

The benefit of John being 9ft tall – no one is going to rub your name off any time soon.

Castillo de San Cristóbal: a fort built by Spain to protect against land-based attacks on the city.

Elba! (I was a big fan of Jez’s mum.)

The North Atlantic Ocean getting rowdy.

The high winds were less than conducive to John having a good hair day.

Me and Audrey taking in the sights.

The view to El Morro, with the Santa Maria Magdalena de Pazzis Cemetery on the right.

Inside Castillo San Felipe del Morro: a 16th-century citadel named in honour of King Philip II of Spain. El Morro was designed to guard the entrance to the San Juan Bay and defend the Spanish colonial port city of San Juan from seaborne enemies.

There was a cannonball demonstration that would likely have been pretty impressive if it hadn’t taken them seven attempts to light the damn thing.

The first lighthouse built in Puerto Rico.

The original tower was hit by U.S. artillery fire in the Puerto Rican Campaign of the Spanish–American War in 1889. The current one was constructed in 1908 in the Moorish Revival style.

Wild iguana casually mountaineering the walls of the castle.

Handsome devil.


The newlyweds.

Rainbow streets.

Juan-ception (aka John’s photo of me taking the previous photo).

Dinner at Raíces.

Mofongo: traditional dish of Puerto Rico made from fried plantains.

John taking any opportunity he can to show people photos of the cats.

Appropriately enough, this was the last photo my camera took before that day’s memory card ran out of space. (This was, not coincidentally, the same trip that I realised Captain America is technically representing Puerto Rico.)

Our final night at the Hacienda Ensenada.

Farewell, tropical climate.

At Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport, before the long journey home.

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