Considering this neighborhood receives many of the millions of annual visitors who travel to Puerto Rico, some might say it’s a tourist area, not a city neighborhood. But just a few blocks from the meetings and conventions, Old San Juan offers a taste of a dramatic journey spanning 500 years.
Most visitors who’ve traveled thousands of miles to share the beaches, history and spicy cuisine of Puerto Rico discover the island’s oldest, most interesting neighborhood. But despite the history and architecture, Old San Juan is also a working neighborhood with students, artists, craftspeople, retailers, government workers and restaurateurs.
Parks and leafy walks connect a ring of historic fortresses with beautifully restored, colonial government buildings next to cafés and museums. Up the steep cobblestone streets reside some of the best restaurants and hotels in the city in an interesting patina of restoration.
You won’t need a car when exploring Old San Juan. Its parks and cobblestone streets beg to be walked. A walking tour takes you between two of the oldest forts in the Americas. In contrast, you’ll pass designer shops like Coach, Polo and Tommy Hilfiger, as well as El Convento, formerly a convent and now home to one of the city’s most luxurious boutique hotels and fine-dining restaurants.
Beginning at the San Cristóbal Fort, Old San Juan stretches through the walled city to another fort, El Morro, and then back around the bay to La Fortaleza and the governor’s mansion. Dine along the way on Fortaleza Street and experience the fusion of Caribbean and global cuisine.
Visit the Paseo de la Princesa promenade, a major destination that comes alive at sunset with gushing fountains and views of the bay. Stop in for a salsa lesson, shop for a locally crafted souvenir or browse a gallery for original Caribbean art. Enjoy a mojito, a local rum cocktail, at an outdoor café. Many cafés feature live music and are perfect for people-watching. There’s no need to be in a hurry.
Galataport Istanbul, a new cruise and lifestyle destination on the Bosphorus in Istanbul, welcomed its first ship, SeaDream II, on Oct. 1. Approximately 150 passengers and crew from Bulgaria Varna arrived at 10 a.m. for a two-day homeport operation before continuing to Bulgaria Burgaz.
Since its prestige for attracting the world elite grew in the 1960s, Greece remains the go-to destination for glittering holidays. Each step of the journey is enrobed in luxury, from culinary traditions with the highest standard of execution and name-brand, high-end shopping to first-rate wellness locales and elite accommodations, like 5-star hotels, private villas and yachts.
The countdown to Halloween weekend is on! Are you are still unsure about plans? Do you go to a house party? Stay in to hand out candy? Try something different this year and join Philadelphia’s The Mütter Museum at its 6th annual Mischief at The Mütter.
There’s an aspirational rustic chic/farm-to-table restaurant genre often associated with Northern California’s wine country. When you drive down the main street of Napa, Sonoma or any of the other towns, it appears there are as many of them as there are vineyards. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with this genre, as the quality of the food is consistent and ambitious chefs earnestly endeavor to elevate home-style dishes to a higher standard.
This holiday season, escape to the Caribbean with Celebrity Cruises and reconnect with family and friends in luxurious accommodations that make you feel right at home. Savor globally inspired cuisine designed by our Michelin-starred chef, paired with the most awarded wine collection at sea. Elevate “me time” with a soothing spa treatment sure to renew. With both long and short cruises to celebrate in December, and even three special Ultimate Holiday Cruises that sail over Christmas and into the New Year, the time to gift an experience and create unforgettable memories is now. Celebrity Cruises’ Always IncludedSM pricing — drinks, WiFi and tips — ensures a seamless, carefree vacation with the ones you love.
The InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco announced a new amenity for guests in collaboration with Porsche. Porsche electric vehicle charging stations will now be located in the valet area of the hotel’s parking deck, allowing guests and visitors to top off the batteries of electric vehicles while enjoying a cocktail at Top of the Mark, enjoying farm-to-table fare at Nob Hill Club or staying overnight at the property.
History and culture are etched into every corner of Greece. Beginning with its language, the oldest written language still in existence, and moving from the traces of passing civilizations and religions to pre-historic findings and works from many movements, there’s a wealth of culture to discover on your next trip to Greece.
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