Monday, June 8, 2009

Puerto Rico: San Juan

Dr. Marc Suarez, the hero of BABIES IN THE BARGAIN is Puerto Rican and the last chapter of my book takes place in San Juan.
To honor the hero, I will take you to San Juan, the city where he was born and where his meddling family still lives.

I visited San Juan last winter as part of a Caribbean Cruise.

We stayed at El Convento Hotel, a historic convent with a church, converted into a hotel. We had a lovely time.

Founded in 1521 by Ponce de León, the capital of Puerto Rico, San Juan , is the oldest city in US territory and has one of the oldest fort, pictured above.

Home to 1.6 million (more than a third of the island's citizens), it is also the heart of Puerto Rican tourism.

What draws travellers here year-round are miles of smooth, clean beaches, a wide range of accommodation, fabulous restaurants and, of course, Old San Juan, whose beautifully restored historic sights surrounded by crashing turquoise surf are reason enough to make a trip to Puerto Rico.

The City Hall and the main plaza.

Here is an old totem pole facing the ocean.

And in the middle of the square the statue of

Christopher Columbus.
If you like to travel and love to read, come and enjoy my international romances. I will take you around the world through stories that simmer with emotion and sizzle with heat.Meet the spirited heroines and the alpha heroes who share irresistible chemistry.


Eva S said...

Wonderful photos, they make me want to take a Caribbean Cruise right away! I know it isn't possible right now, so I'll have to read about foreign places...... Will look for your books!

Molly Daniels said...

Beautiful pictures, Mona:) I love it when you post those from your travels!

Mona Risk said...

Eva and Molly I will post many more pictures of far away places. I am glad you like them.

Jane said...

Lovely pics. Maybe I'll get to see them in person someday.

Estella said...

I love to travel via books I read!

Babyblue22 said...

WOW Mona!!!
I want to go to Puerto Rico so bad!!! My sister in-law is there as we speak enjoying the sun and sand.
I'm going wait untill my son is a little bit older so that he can remember going.
Your pictures are so great, they make me want to that much more.

Kenzie Michaels said...

Having only ventured into Canada, I can travel the world vicariously through your blog (big grin!). Where are you headed next?

Mona Risk said...

Okay ladies on Thursday I will take to St Marten and St Kit. St. Kit is an island I discovered only recently.

Tomorrow I am interviewing a friend on my blog.

Meanwhile keep good thoughts and prayers for my Mom. Things are going down unfortunately.

Patricia Barraclough said...

Went to Puerto Rico 11 years ago. Won a trip from a local radio station. Unfortunately, our daughter had her first child 2 days before we left. Her husband was in basic training and got to come home for one day only. Her mother-in-law came down and we thought she was staying the whole time. She left the day after we did. We couldn't change the dates of the trip. So our daughter had a newborn and a 7th grade brother she had to drive 15 mies to and from school each day. We had wonderful accommodations and activities, but felt guilty and really couldn't enjoy. Would really like to go back again.

Molly Daniels said...

Oh CRAP! If that's the St. Marten I used in my new release...I !@#$ SPELLED it wrong! Arrrggghhh...