Monday, January 04, 2010
OSJ The Lights still Shine
Although many are already taking their Christmas trees down in the States, lights stay up at least till January 6th, here in PR as children and families await the arrival of the Three Kings or Los Tres Reyes Magos, as they are known here. So it wasn't that surprising to find myself in the company of my sister and niece, in search of Christmas lights. Fortunately I was able to borrow my sister's digital camera to document our ride. We entered the old city on the lower side with La Plaza Colon all lit up on our left. Many of the trees had streams of white lights while others had icicles rock type lights adorning them. You can also see more lights decorating the Plaza in front of the Alcaldia, or Town Hall. A huge tree with an enormous Pascua or Poinsettia stood on one corner of the Plaza. The State Department or Departamento de Estado off to the right of the Alcaldia was also elegantly decorated with garlands and golden bows. Add to that many of the stores were open tonight since there was a well lit cruise ship anchored just south west of the Banco Popular. So the streets were full of shoppers, tourists, and sightseers. As we were winding down the streets we noticed that El Paseo la Princesa was also lined with decorated trees with this year's Teddy Bear theme, which was the same motif decorating the lights that criss cross the blue cobble stone streets of Old San Juan. To finish the drive we found an old favorite, a Tastee Freeze truck, parkedd in front of the pier and bought an ice cream which flooded our mouths with countless memories. So glad I got to go!