I have this thing about taking pictures of clouds from the airplane. The pictures almost always turn out questionably acceptable at best. I thought this one turned out kinda cool, though. It is like a bed of cotton to sink into for the most wonderful night of sleep ever.
We visited the Bacardi Rum Factory. Near the entrance stands this cork screw palm tree. Nobody could tell me what caused the tree to grow in such a curious way. Any thoughts?
The tour is free and two free drinks of Bacardi is included. Not a bad bang for the buck, huh. To get to the factory we took a ferry and then a cab. The ferry only cost 50 cents. The cab was $3.00. Not bad, huh.
Upon entering the Bacardi grounds you enter into an open air covered pavilion. They pick you up in a tram and the driver tells you a little about the company on the 1 minute drive to the tour building (we could have walked there!). You do not go into the actual factory - but a new tour building. They then show a movie about the Bacardi family and the rum making process. Next you go into a reproduction of the original factory and the guide tells you how the rum was made and shows you how it is stored in burned oak barrels. Then you can look at all sorts of old Bacardi family memorabilia - pictures, original bottles, documents and a section to smell the types of rums. hen you go into a "bar" where a bartender shows you how to make Mojito’s and a Cuba Libre. He also explains what Bacradi rums are available and how to use them. No samples here. (darn it). Then back to the original visitor center for our free drinks. I had Bacardi Coconut rum and orange juice. It was really, really tasty. Gerard had the audicity to ask for a rum and coke. He was quickly corrected that it was Bacardi and Coke.
Unfortunately, traveling to the Bacardi factory, the tour and waiting for the ferry to return to Old San Juan took up most of our San Juan hours. It was time to check out of our hotel and get our luggage to the boat.
The previous evening was spent walking the streets of Old San Juan. We happened to arrive the last day of the St. Sebastian Festival. According to our cab driver there were 300,000 extra people in Old San Juan that day. We were very lucky to have booked our hotel room way in advance.