Of all the sites that I visited, this was to me the most fascinating. After I left the huge Santa Maria Cemetery, I caught the open-air trolley (which is free to ride) over to San Cristabal a short distance away, though I could have walked it. I was hot and tired. Going up the ramp, I came upon a tour group who also were just beginning their tour. I took some pictures and then entered the compound showing my receipt from El Morro so that I could get in free. I headed off first to the bookstore to get some water which was a tad more than at El Morro. I then waked over and tagged along with the others who were in the group. Tom was such a wonderful guide and gave us all a lot of information that was really helpful. I like him right away because he did not shoo me away because I was not one of "His" tour people. For me the h highlight was overlooking the city of "Old San Juan". Upstairs and down and through doorways that I almost had to bend my head a bit because those enlisted men were a tad short. The pictures of the slaves were very important because I felt that maybe somewhere along in my ancestry; someone may have helped build the castle. I was told that it took a little over 127 years to complete. There were along with the Africans, Cubans, off duty soldiers, prisoners and civilian craftsmen. I looked at the many pictures of the slaves and how they lived. The houses were built upon stilts in the water and they looked rather poorly. It was a site that I was glad I was able to witness.
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