23 August 2016
23.08.2016 90 °F
Tuesday morning brings many more breakfast options to include Casa Cortes. A friend from Puerto Rico recommended it and it is famous for its chocolate, supposedly even Hershey's gets some from them. I celebrate that with an absolutely delicious shake to go with the mallorca breakfast sandwich. Mallorca is a really light bread that they sprinkle with powdered sugar to make sweet.
The mission for today is the Bacardi factory and in my research it seemed the cheapest way to get their was the $1 ferry ticket followed by a shuttle to the factory. The ferry ride was easy enough but there did not seem to be a shuttle, only taxi drivers offering the ride for $12. Curt got them down to $10 but I was still irritated by this expense.
Upon arrive we signed up for the mixology tour and were given a welcome rum drink - that made things a little better There really wasn't much to the tour of the factory besides a peak at the huge vats and a $2000 bottle of rum. They don't actually do much in Puerto Rico and the rum was actually started in Cuba. The bottling and distro is done in Jacksonville, Florida. The bat is a symboll of health, family and fortune and was chosen as the mascot when it was seen flying out of one of the first distilleries.
Most of our tour was spent in the mixology room learning how to make a daiquiri, cuba libre and mojito. This was quite fun but also meant by the time we left the tour I had had four rum drinks in about 1.5 hours! Much to my dismay we had to pay $12 again to get back to the ferry. The terminal happened to be across from the Harley Davidson shop which happened to have a few nice t-shirts.
Lunch was at Princesa Gastrobar which was part of our food tour yesterday. I had risotto baricua which was with strip steak and Curt enjoyed red snapper.
The afternoon had us climbing around the other castle in San Juan, San Cristobal. It was almost closing time and it was very similar to El Morro.
We thought these birds we saw were the rare Puerto Rican parrot but actually I think they were just a parakeet.
Our sticks were tired so went down to the cruise ship and did some people watching to include a man trying to get his dog back on the ship. Our bellies were still full but I wanted to go to Barrachina to have one of the orginial Pina Coladas. It was pretty busy so we had some soup and a drink at the bar next to the really sad looking parrots.