Sunday, April 19, 2009

Ponce, Puerto Rico

Parque de Bombas on Plaza las Delicias in Ponce, Puerto RicoGreetings from Ponce, Puerto Rico. Nan and I are off the boat after an enjoyable one-week cruise from St. Thomas.

We met up with John Kretschmer, Dallas Murphy and Genie Leftwich at the Crown Bay Marina on St. Thomas on Sunday night and set sail on Quetzal, John's 47-foot Kaufman sailboat, the following morning.

Catedral Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe on Plaza las Delicias in Ponce, Puerto RicoWe moored and anchored at locations on Culebra and Vieques in the Spanish Virgin Islands and then sailed on to the Puerto Rican mainland, ending at the Ponce Yacht and Fishing Club on Friday afternoon. I will put together a description of our sailing trip, complete with photos, when we get back home.

On Saturday morning, John caught an early flight home, and Dallas and Genie opted to stay on the boat. Nan and I took a taxi into town and checked into the Hotel Melia on Plaza las Delicias. We wandered around the plaza, sat on a bench eating ice cream from King's Cream, and checked into trolley rides and restaurants for later. Dallas and Genie met us for an excellent evening of dinner and talk at Cafe de Tomas.

Today we will take the sight-seeing trolley around town, tour the Museo de Arte de Ponce, and maybe meet Dallas and Genie again for lunch or dinner. We fly home early tomorrow morning by way of San Juan and Dallas-Fort Worth.

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