Category Archives: Puerto Rico

Doors of Old San Juan * Puerto Rico

thanks to the challenge of DOORS over at MiFoC I made time to look back at some photos we took on a trip in February of 2012

La Casita

I had wanted to share these photos with you back then…

Waffle Era Tea Room Old San Juan

for all of you who enjoy doors as much as I do…

Patty Szymkowicz Doors of Old San Juan PR

I think I got carried away with my Stone Angel Sunday Freebies and ran out of steam…

Patty Szymkowicz Doors of Old San Juan PR (1)

because of the hilly streets of Old San Juan some of the photos look slanted…

Patty Szymkowicz Doors of Old San Juan PR (2)

each of these photos are for you to DOWNLOAD for FREE and use in your art if you wish…

Patty Szymkowicz Doors of Old San Juan PR (3)

Patty Szymkowicz Doors of Old San Juan PR (4)

Patty Szymkowicz Doors of Old San Juan PR (5)

Patty Szymkowicz Doors of Old San Juan PR (6)

Patty Szymkowicz Doors of Old San Juan PR (7)

Patty Szymkowicz Doors of Old San Juan PR (8)

Patty Szymkowicz Doors of Old San Juan PR (9)

Patty Szymkowicz Doors of Old San Juan PR (10)

Patty Szymkowicz Doors of Old San Juan PR (11)

Patty Szymkowicz Doors of Old San Juan PR (12)

Patty Szymkowicz Doors of Old San Juan PR (13)

Patty Szymkowicz Doors of Old San Juan PR (14)

Patty Szymkowicz Doors of Old San Juan PR (15)

the doorway above was perfect for some art journal pages I created here

Patty Szymkowicz Doors of Old San Juan PR (16)

Patty Szymkowicz Doors of Old San Juan PR (17)

~♥~ hope you enjoy this sampling ~♥~

Cabo Rojo and the Traveling Tea Cup…

our traveling tea cup got to visit Puerto Rico about seven months ago…

time moves so quickly I had not made time to record this fun part of our trip…

not everything makes it to my blog but this post has been partially drafted and waiting in the wings since March (oh my!)

there is a lot to tell…

we wanted to take a day trip to Cabo Rojo in the southwest corner of Puerto Rico (about 1.5 hours from Old San Juan where we were staying) and hired a guide to drive us which was something we had never done before…

our day unfolded sweetly from beginning to end thanks to Amadis Cruz or “Cruz” (in the photo above with Mr Magpie) as he liked us to call him…

he was an affable ex U.S. Army guy who shared his passion for his beautiful Puerto Rico with us…

even inviting us into his Uncle’s getaway home for a stop along the way…

we visited a hot dry forest and could have easily spent the entire day there…

those are termites marching in a line on the tree from a big nest (thank you telephoto lens…click on the picture if you dare for a closer look)…

the Los Morillos Lighthouse welcomed us even in daylight…

when Mr Magpie spotted the first of several Iguanas on the daunting and crumbling limestone cliffs he told me to turn around very carefully knowing I would be very surprised and delighted…

you can see below where the sky and the Atlantic and Caribbean Oceans meet with the different shades of blue…

we came upon this memorial rock along the 200 ft tall cliffs’ edge that stopped us in our tracks…

as it happened we were visiting on 11 February which was the exact same day that this young man fell to his death the year before…

I did a search when we returned home to find out a little more about Casey here (there is a memorial Facebook page for him as well)

with hearts overflowing we walked through the brush to a beautiful beach area

and paused to twinkle our toes in the silky white sand and stand in the cool water for a bit…

Mr Magpie and Cruz waited patiently for me to snap some traveling teacup photos…

we drove past the salt flats and were off in search of the perfect sunset which is what brought us to this side of the island in the first place…

we never really got a great view of the sunset because of driving and logistics and whatnot but it really did not matter…

later that evening we walked in the beach village of Boquerón which was very lively on that Saturday night

we tasted some of the sweetest clams and delicious oysters shucked fresh and sold for a song…

just before heading back to Old San Juan we experienced a magical boat ride (not the kayaks noted on the sign) out onto a bioluminescent bay… there are no photos just amazing memories of that extraordinary encounter with nature…

I am happy to have some links here for future reference and some photos too…

we would highly recommend a visit to Puerto Rico if you have the chance to visit some day…

Live in the moment…

some old encyclopedias are ideal for altering

I especially like the pages of The Illustrated Science and Invention “how it works” Encyclopedia that I rescued (Volume 13)…

instead of gluing pages together like I most often do….

I punched holes in the corners of some of the pages…

for now they are held loosely together with wire ties…

when I am ready to finish the book I will add ribbons or something more permanent…

the scraped paint pages that I worked on yesterday had been waiting a long time for attention and barely fit on my art table…

looking back it would have been nice if I’d taken a photo of the “before” stage but you know how it is when you finally get busy creating…

I stamped the words “Live in the moment” a few weeks ago and the book sat again…

yesterday I went upstairs and noticed the perfect arch photo that I had printed off from our trip to Puerto Rico…

I used a hand carved bird stamp of mine from years ago to stamp on map paper for the right side…

the doodled bit came about from a pattern that was showing through the scraped paint so I added to it and used that to embellish the page a bit…

six spreads completed with more pages to go…

Stone Angel Sunday 11

can you believe it…

this is the end of our cemetery photos to share from our February trip to Old San Juan …


may the angels protect you…

may  sadness forget you…

may goodness surround you…

and Love be your Light…

Always

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Stone Angel Sunday 10

the approximate number of graves in the Santa Maria Magdalena de Pazziz Cemetery

just outside the fortress walls in Old San Juan

is around one thousand…

not sure if Mr Magpie and I took a thousand photos…

with our two cameras…

we did spend a couple of hours snapping away…

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*Blessings to you and yours*


Stone Angel Sunday 9

back in Old San Juan…

with still more statuary to come…

each of the images can be clicked to enlarge them…

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Stone Angel Sunday 7

if you are new to my Magpie’s Nest

… Welcome …

and if you are a frequent visitor I hope you are not tired of Stone Angel Sundays quite yet…

this is the seventh Sunday of

FREE Downloads that I am sharing with my readers from our recent trip to Old San Juan, Puerto Rico…

you can locate the other six Sundays

by going to the SEARCH box on my sidebar that says “LOOKING FOR SOMETHING” 

type in the words “Stone Angel Sunday” and click on the word “Search”

the last three photos were taken by Mr Magpie

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they are not intended for collage sheets or to be sold***

Stone Angel Sunday 6

the photos keep coming from our February visit to Old San Juan

and the Santa Maria Magdalena de Pazziz Cemetery…

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they are not intended for collage sheets or to be sold***

remember you can click each photo if you would like a larger view…

“A pillow for thee

will I bring,

Stuffed with

down of angel’s wing.”

~Richard Crashaw

Stone Angel Sunday 5

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you can click each photograph for a closer view

“How wonderful it must be to speak the language of the angels, with no words for hate and a million words for love.” ~The Angels’ Little Instruction Book

Stone Angel Sunday 4

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they are not intended for collage sheets

or to be sold***

this Sunday all of the photographs were taken by my Mr Magpie…

we both had our cameras that day in the cemetery…

and were snapping pix like crazy…

hope you enjoy these in your artwork…

“The golden moments in the stream of life

rush past us

and we see nothing but sand;

the angels come to visit us,

and we only know them

when they are gone.”

~George Elliot

Stone Angel Sunday 3

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eventho many of the statues we are sharing with you from the cemetery in Old San Juan do not have wings we found them to have angelic qualities…

so we will continue calling them Stone Angels as I share with you for a few more Sundays…


last week I mentioned that we found some of the statuary missing fingers and arms…

with all of the arms missing on this piece we were very moved by the child on the right still having her hand on the shoulder of the middle child…

this quote is for The Reaney Family with Love…
“We shall find peace. We shall hear the angels; we shall see the sky sparkling with diamonds.” ~Anton Chekhov

please remember Suz and her family in your prayers…

R.I.P. dear Jud

Wordless Wednesday … Isla del Encanto … Puerto Rico

Treasure Tea…

as I keep mentioning we found Puerto Rico to be a true treasure and enjoyed everything about our time there…

Old San Juan is a very popular cruise ship stopover…

Mr Magpie and I have never been tempted to take a cruise

as being free to wander is more our cup of tea…

while in Old San Juan we were happy to find two junk shoppes…

one quite near our first hotel where I picked up a couple of Madonnas and a deck of cards…

and then we found Franky’s…

he is quite a character with great stories to tell and he even knew The Gallery Inn having sold them antiques in the past…

I spied a couple of small containers full of broken jewelry bits on the floor and got totally distracted…

we were happy magpies…

no photos can really convey the eclectic array of ‘treasures’ to be found there and we just scratched the surface…

I was tickled to find that vintage hat with lots of flowery bits falling off just begging to be used…

we are not big shoppers but coming home with these trinkets really did give me a thrill…

here’s wishing you a Happy T on Tuesday and I cannot promise that I won’t be taking you back to Puerto Rico for another time or two…

Enjoy Your Day!