Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Mis suenos es de Puerto Rico

Now for something a little different. I'm feeling a bit homesick for Luquillo, Puerto Rico, my parents' winter home for the last 30 years. This year, my folks are trying out Florida. While they report things are fine down there, they miss the breezy, close-knit, multi-generational community in Luquillo. Dare I hope they'll winter in Puerto Rico for a few more years? We could go without them, but it wouldn't be the same.

Here are some of my favorite photos from last year's visit. Hopefully I'll get a chance to take some new ones next year. In the meantime, I'll be dreaming of Puerto Rico. 

At the foot of El Yunque mountain, the only tropical rainforest in the U.S., are two wonderful galleries across the street from one another. The TV and the op-art piece above welcome you to the funkier of the two galleries.

These cheerful gentlemen welcome you to the Pal Mar Gallery. They are based on the native vejigantes that chase bad spirits away. Pal Mar has stalls with work by local artists as well as other island-made goodies. 

Yokohu Tower is the highest point on top of El Yunque. The view is amazing.

To me, Puerto Rico has a brilliantly colored and highly textured surface, but underneath is a deep well of faith and spirituality.

No tour of Puerto Rico would be complete without flowers. Hibiscus, bouganvillea and ginger bloom everywhere with great abandon. This one was wrapped around a street sign. For someone from chilly New England, it's nothing short of amazing. No wonder they call it La Isla de Encantada.

I miss Puerto Rico! 


Bonnie said...

Jerri Ann, Thank you for your nice comment on my blog. I really appreciate what you said, so much.
I flew over to your site and I must say that I understand your love of Puerto Rico. I was only there for a little while (to begin and end a cruise) but we did go up to the rain forest and it was just breathtaking and I learned to love 'breadfruit' cooked like our chips. One day I will go back and spend more time there.
Thank you very much for stopping by. Bonnie

Julie Brill Molina said...

This is amazing! I read you wonderful comments on my blog and came to check out yours... my husband was born and raised in Puerto Rico!

Kel said...

Wonderful! Thank you for your lovely comments on my blog and journal box. I can see why you love Puerto Rico - thank you for taking me somewhere so bright and lovely on this rainy day in London.

Kel x