We spent a lot of time in Ponce this summer. Wandering around with Ashley. Getting more cultured with Monica. We even made more than a couple of trips with family. Surprisingly, it never got boring. Ponce is a place overflowing with art and culture. There was always something new to explore. Here are a few of the places we went.
La Casa Alcaldía
The city hall has the most exquisite architecture. Located in the Zona Histórica de Ponce it has the distinct Ponce Creole features. It was complete the 19th-century-esque lamps and broad wooden doors. Although we didn’t tour the entire building, Monica and I discovered some little courtyards that we decided would be perfect for a tiny wedding.
Parque de Bombas de Ponce
This quaint yet eccentric building is home to a museum dedicated to the history of firefighting in Ponce. We saw a collection of fire trucks. One even dated back to the horse and buggy days.
When we went with Ashley, we found a whole pride of plastic lions on the second floor. Apparently, the Ruge el Arte en la Plaza had moved in. They were beautiful creatures covered with the artistic renderings of Ponce.
Museo de arte en Ponce
Ponce’s art museum is reportedly the largest, finest museum of art in the Caribbean. It houses the one of most important Pre-Raphaelite art collections in the Western Hemisphere along with other notable European and Puerto Rican pieces. Simply stepping through the glass door in the front and facing the massive twin stair cases is pretty impressive.
I like the downstairs collection the best. Upstairs was mainly filled with tortured and repulsive religious paintings. However, my favorite sculpture was upstairs.
When we went the Familia, Trabajo y Diversidad en el México en el siglo XVII was on display. Monica, Jodi and I were intrigued by collection of art that explained the detailed terms to describe people of mixed race. I had heard of mulattos and mestizos, but that is just the beginning. I didn’t know that if a black person and half-black/half-native American was considered chino or Chinese. A mulatto and a Spaniard is considered an albino. We certainly learned a lot from that display!
On our trip to Ponce with Ashley, the curator in the museum recommended that we go to King’s Cream after our visit. My sister and I paid him absolutely no heed, but touristy Ashley headed over to check it out. We were surprised by the affordable prices and dairy-free options. Not to mention that the sweet treats were delicious. Of course, we took Monica there on our next trip. Tamarind is my favorite.
What unexpected fun haunts did you find in your city this summer?