Puerto Rico memories

I’m saddened for those in Puerto Rico affected by the devastating blow from Hurricane Maria.

Several relief funds have been put to motion in the wake of Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria.  If you have interest in donating, one such fund is United For Puerto Rico, launched by the First lady of Puerto Rico, Beatriz Areizaga, and private corporations.

The recent disaster stoked memories of a visit in June 2007.

Beautiful uncrowded beaches were only 30 minutes away from San Juan.

Shot these images with my Canon 20D that I’ve since retired to my personal camera museum.

Palm in the Sand – Luquillo, Puerto Rico [2007]
Luquillo, Puerto Rico [2007]
Parrot – Old San Juan, Puerto Rico [2007]
Old Boat in Luquillo, Puerto Rico [2007]

In particular I remember one warm June evening listening to an incredible Latin jazz pianist at The Parrot Club in colonial Old San Juan.

I recall he played just one magnifIcent tune and left. Never figured out who he was, but was informed later that he was quite famous.

Captured the moment on my trusty Blackberry 8100 Pearl primitive phone cam. The first iPhone went on sale only days later.

The Parrot Club, Old San Juan [2007]

I hope the people of Puerto Rico receive appropriate aid soon to recover from this catastrophe.