I just finished reading "Treasure Island"--there are parts of the Dominican Republic that truly are a treasure. Puerta Plata is one of them in my experience. This is a scene from the cable car ascending to Pico Isabel de Torres at 2600 ft. Incredible!
Sunday, June 24, 2012
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Sunday, June 3, 2012
Sunday, May 13, 2012
We see olives in various shades of ripeness as we walk along the Anacoana trail each morning. Black olives are obviously not nearly as appreciated as black ones because these are just falling on the ground to be trampled. Big black pitted ones are more expensive than green ones in the stores, however.
Sunday, April 8, 2012
This cathedral in the Colonial Zone of Santo Domingo DR was begun in 1514--making it the oldest church in this hemisphere. That was only 20 years after Columbus discovered this land! It is a beautiful building--and a testament to the devotion of early explorers for whom religion was reason enough to risk their lives--and take the lives of certain others.
Friday, April 6, 2012
This mangrove swamp on the southeast coast of the Dominican Republic protects the island and its wildlife from the havoc of its frequent hurricanes. They call this red mangrove, one of many kinds, though I couldn't see that the roots looked red. There are no dangerous or poisonous animals on this island--maybe the hurricanes provide enough fear.
Sunday, March 25, 2012
Sunday, March 18, 2012
This is the DR's version of a house breaker! All by hand and sledge hammer, these walls come tumbling down. Most construction is cement with little design imagination. Excavating to build below ground level has its unique challenges as this island seems to be nothing but a pile of coral!
Sunday, March 11, 2012
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Sunday, February 19, 2012
Just to let you know about the other side of the DR--incredibly azure water and sand that feels like silk between your toes!
This beautiful bay is where the great humpback whales do their yearly cavorting from January to March. They return at the same time next year to give birth to their young.