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"Well," my husband said, smiling, "I hope we've covered all the places where Columbus first landed." We thought we were in Europe In old San Juan, we saw early Spanish con vents, colorful ships and narrow cobblestone streets that weren't made from cobblestone. An elderly shopkeeper explained to us that they were made from the casting slag that was used as ballast on the Spanish galleons. When these galleons left the New World filled with gold, the casting slag found use as road-building material. From San Juan we went back even further in time. We drove to Utuado, a small coffee town, and visited a ball park that is guessed to be 700 years old. It was believed that Indians under the great Chief Guarionex used to gather here from the surrounding mountains for ball games and im portant ceremonies. We saw 700 years of history that day. Flowering trees and sugar cane fields The next day we drove to the beautiful tropical Rain Forest on El Yunque Mountain. And dis covered the real highlight of the trip was the flowering trees that grew along the many wind ing roads throughout Puerto Rico. Our daughter learned at school that sugar was one of Puerto Rico's main exports. So we decided to see how they made sugar from the sugar cane and visited one of the mills there. On the way back, we came upon some school children eating sugar cane by the edge of one of the fields. Cathy saw this and exclaimed, "How come candy doesn't grow on trees at home?" Our trip to Puerto Rico was an unforgettable experience. A vacation that we shared together. And we'd like to go someplace different again this year. Together. How your children see the world depends on what you show them. This summer you can afford to take your fam ily someplace different. To Puerto Rico. To Walt Disney World. Mexico. The Caribbean. Florida or the Bahamas. Eastern offers family vacation packages to these places. Each with family accommodations and low family fares. And chances are you can charge all or part of it on your Eastern or other major credit card. Ifyouplan togo.. .takethisadtoyour travel agent or call Eastern. You can send for our free booklet on Family Vacations by writing to: Eastern Airlines, P.O. Box 849, Buena Vista Station, Miami, Fla. 33137. 30-foot fern trees and wild orchids abound in Puerto Rico's tropical Rain Forest. "THE WINGSOF MAN" IS A REGISTEREDSERVICEMARKOF EASTERNAIRLINES, INC.