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Botanical Garden, Walk on the Coast

Santo Domingo

January 13
After the trip to Saona Island I was completely wiped out and slept until about 9 and then went down to breakfast, walked around the hotel and took pictures and went back to bed and slept until 1 pm. When I got up and thought about what I wanted to do, I decided that the Botanical Garden would probably be the most pleasant, and I wasn't sure that it would be open tomorrow which was Saturday.

Bob changed some money at the desk. Gloria was downstairs on the computer and when we told her what we planned and asked how much a cab would cost she asked if the cab should wait and I said yes (remembering the aquarium) and Bob said no. So she called and the cab driver agreed to do it for 500 pesos.

Gloria then hopped into the cab with us which she said was going right past her house. There was a lot of traffic. The cab driver put on his seat belt sometimes which was a first. He also paid no attention to the lights (or lack thereof - many of them were not lighted) and Bob said he blew through at least 8 stop signs. Usually he looked first.
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This kind of driving spooks Bob. I'm too busy taking pictures out the windshield without getting reflections. Once, someone else made the driver back down, but that was the only time. We came down a hill
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and there were shacks and shanties up on the hill above a parking lot and here we were at the zoo.

I hadn't intended to go to the zoo. I didn't think we'd have time for both. Gloria had said that the zoo and the botanical garden were right next to each other, but they were not. (She also said that the red and green light poles were decorations for Xmas, but that didn't explain the green and yellow ones or the blue and pink ones.) [ I asked this question in Puerto Rico and was told that the different colors marked the different barrios or neighborhoods.]

We refused to get out of the cab and kept saying "Garden Botanica". I took a pen out and wrote it on a piece of paper. The cab driver looked at it, and then said "Botanic?" and when we said yes, he started the cab up and we drove another 10 to 12 minutes to the gardens - arriving at 2:50.

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This time when the sign said pesos and dollars (40 pesos for tourists for the entrance fee and 40 pesos for the train), Bob gave them pesos. We walked in the park (again no map) and saw the big floral clock and went down to the train.

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(photo of the floral clock and the cab driver)

The cab driver explained that the train would leave in 30 minutes (he meant on the half hour). There was a sign to that effect too. I was looking for the orchid house, but couldn't find it.

We took pictures of the water lilies and the parts of the garden near the entrance.
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We found a snack bar, but they had no idea what we wanted (a map or some information). We stopped some ladies and one of them spoke English but she said the train wasn't running. So we walked back to the place the train was to leave from and sat and waited in the shade for about 10 minutes. I did not try the toilets here.

When we got on the train at 3:30, the guide came to us and said "English or French" (I guess thinking we might be Canadian, because I don't think we look French.) So he did the whole tour in both English and Spanish which was VERY nice. Our taxi driver hopped on the train too at the last minute and took the tour.

The guide told us about native and endemic plants. There was a palm area, a succulent area,
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a water plant area, and a fruit tree area. Then we went down into the tropical jungle area along the river which was also a bird and animal sanctuary. Lots of ferns, but too dark to take pictures because we were moving too fast.

Bob's camera batteries have about died because I didn't bring a battery charger for his kind of batteries figuring they'd last a week the way he takes pictures (I take 277 and he takes 11), but I'd used them for the underwater camera the day before and I guess that was too much for them.

The tour was to take 35 minutes, but it was longer than that. We got to the Japanese Garden at 3:52 and got out to walk around. I found walking here EXTREMELY difficult because the ground and paving was quite uneven. There was a red wooden gate

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and various sculpture plus bonsai trees and a water garden and a little bridge. I also found Iris pseudacoris. We got back on the train at 4:10, and the driver dropped us off at the gate. Bob was so grateful to have the tour in English that he tipped the guy $2.00

The cab driver drove us back a different way
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and stopped at the Governor's palace for me to take a picture, which I did because I didn't want to hurt his feelings by saying I already had some. Bob gave him $20 when we got back, which was more than we agreed to.
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Dessert buffet at the hotel

Saturday January 14th to Monday January 16th

On Saturday (January 14th), I mostly edited pictures and wrote up the trip. I took two pieces of bread and some cheese from breakfast and ate that for lunch. Then I swam 12 lengths of the pool. Bob walked to the gas station hoping to get a map, but no luck. He bought some chips and cookies. He said there was a chicken place there.

We talked to some folks from New Mexico who have rented a car and they said they bought a map from the hotel. And the hotel literature also says they have maps. So Bob went down and asked them AGAIN about a map. This time he asked if he could BUY a map, and this time (although they had to consult with someone to see if it was OK to sell him one) we got a map. It even has the hotel on it. Of course we are leaving Monday. Oh well.

They had said when we checked in that we should reconfirm our airline reservations 48 hours in advance and they said they would help. So I asked them and they phoned American Airlines for me. The AA guy said to check in 3 hours in advance.

Sunday - January 15th. I noticed when we drove to Saona that the waves were hitting the black rock edge of the coastline and spraying way up into the air. So this morning after breakfast we set out to walk along the shore to see if I could get a picture of that.
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There was at one time a walkway along the edge of the shoreline.

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We could see caves and holes along under the cliffs,

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but it was impossible to tell when the spray would come up. I got some good pictures though.
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Then we watched some football at the condo (on TV).

When I went down to use the computer for the last time after dinner, I erased the history and the part that saves the typing from their computer although I left the favorites alone.

Monday, we packed up and checked out. We figured that we needed an hour to get to the airport and we should be there by noon for the 3 hours. So we left the hotel at 10:30, and it only took 20 minutes to get to the airport and we were all checked in by 11:30. Again we had some kind of form to fill out (actually the same kind that we filled out at the beginning), but they didn't have any instructions and the forms were behind a desk.
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I bought a tuna salad sub with our leftover 190 pesos and $1 and got some US change back. We sat and watched the activity at the airport - I had to dig out a sweater to put on because the AC in the airport was so cold.
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After we spent a couple of days in Miami with our groundchildren we drove to Orlando

Posted by greatgrandmaR 12:58 Archived in Dominican Republic Tagged coast map santo_domingo botanical_garden governors_palace Comments (0)

Discover Samaná - December 2007

Pronounced with the accent on the last A

December 16- Sunday

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Today we were in Samaná which is a providence on a peninsula of the Dominican Republic and is also the name of a town. According to one website, Samaná translates to “fish with coconut sauce.” This is the destination for any traveler trying to capture the experience of a raw and less developed area of the Caribbean.

One of the attractions if you visit in between mid-January and mid-March, is the spectacle of thousands of hump-back whales that migrate here every year. There is a small but interesting whale museum to visit if you are not here during those months.

We are anchored and have to tender in. So it was good that I had booked a tour, because tour gets priority in tendering. We were supposed to meet in the theatre (forward of our room) at 9:45. They were using our lifeboats to tender.

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Our tour was called Discover Samaná , and was to be at 1000 for 3.5 hours. By the time we got to the dock it was about 1040. I think the port made a bad impression on a lot of people because the water and beach area there was full of trash. People from the DR don't seem to mind having trash all over. Or maybe it is just because there is no trash cans to put it in and no trash pick-up.

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We got on our bus and it started off

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and immediately we made the first turn, the engine died. It took a few minutes to get started again. The tour took us past La Churcha

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which had been brought from somewhere else and reassumbled here. Apparently this area originally had quite a few English speaking people in it, but Trujillo made it illegal to teach children any language but Spanish.

Since it was Sunday, most of the shops were closed. We drove to a place which was apparently called Colonia Rancho Espanol
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where we had a rest stop and opportunity to drink a local drink and buy stuff (mostly Hatian I think although it said Arte Dominicano).
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I went down to a little church and cemetery and took some photos there.
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From the bus we saw the houses of the people - in one case they were using a wall to dry clothes on
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We passed a car wash (which apparently doubles as a casino and bar),
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a fancy hotel, a baseball (or softball) game, and drove by a long beach to the little village of Las Terrenas which has a small airport.
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Las Terrenas is reached by two main roads: one from Sanchez at the western end of the peninsula and the other from the city of Samana by way of the village of El Limon and the resort at El Portillo. Both roads follow a winding route over the mountains and through the lush valleys across the peninsula and provide a scenic and sometimes spectacular view of the rich, mountainous terrain with its simple, country life. .This has been described as a small fishing village.

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What we saw from the bus was lots of pristine beaches. The miles of undeveloped white-sandy beaches and protected inshore waters have contributed to the growth of this formerly small village.

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Hispaniola was described by Christopher Columbus as "the most beautiful land in the world," and today those words could apply to the Samana Peninsula. "Time Magazine" has described the area as having one of the last, long stretches of undeveloped beach in the Caribbean.

According to the Samana webpage, The balmy climate with it's ever-present trade winds and the warm temperature of the sub-tropical Atlantic Ocean combine to provide this part of the island with year-round, delightful weather with only a few degrees difference in temperature between winter and summer. Annual rainfall is moderate with no perceptible "rainy season" usually found in other tropical locations.

Then we turned around and went back to Samaná. Here we stopped at the whale museum and the guide gave us a tour.
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Guide behind the bones of a whale's head.

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We (Bob and I) used the bathroom, which was one of those that you put the TP in the wastebasket and not in the toilet.

Then he dropped people who wanted to shop at the area where the shops were open for us, and took the rest of us back to the dock. We walked aboard the tender about 1410 - after having our hands sanitized, and showing our ship card. The boat was crowded, and was a round bottom which was pounding through the seas, even as calm as the water was.
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After we went through the Xray procedure, and dropped our stuff at the room, we went to the buffet because by then it was 1445 and the restaurant was closed. I got some pumpkin cubes and some sauteed zuchini and a tiny tuna sandwich on a little hard roll. Then I got ice cream - or actually pineapple sherbert. Bob got a hambuger.
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For dinner we went to the Summer Palace (which is styled after the Russian Tsar's Summer Palace), and were seated by the window with another couple where we could watch the sunset.

I had something called Fresh Fruit Minestrone which was a kind of fruit cocktail thing and not soup.
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As an entree, Bob had the catfish and I had the baked spinach and veal cannelloni.

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I had the warm pinapple crepes with coconut ice cream for dessert
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and Bob had the flourless chocolate cake. He went to the magic show after dinner, and I took the computer to the atrium to watch the football game.

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Whale Watching - January 2011

Santa Bárbara de Samaná

Our third trip to the Dominican Republic was, like the second trip, to Santa Bárbara de Samaná in 2011

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This morning our tour was whale watching. After breakfast we went up to the theatre. Bob stopped on the way and put in another complaint/suggestion - he wanted to know if they were putting ice cubes in the Jacuzzi because it is 10 degrees Celsius cooler than the regular pool.

We got stickers and they took me down on the crew elevator so I wouldn't have to do the stairs, The elevator was the one used only for garbage.

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(Bob did the stairs) to deck 1 to board the boat. Our boat was a big catamaran which picked us up right at the ship.

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We went out to the whale watching area but we had to wait because only 3 boats are allowed at a time.
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Taking pictures was difficult because the action was so quick and it was not helped at all by the boat rising and falling with the waves which made it difficult to get the whales into the picture.
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When it was our turn we saw a mother and baby - the baby leaped out a couple of times and the mother lifted her tail up out of the water. They allowed some people with big cameras up onto the top with the captain where it was easier to see.
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We were out there about half an hour in the close in area. Some people said that they did not see any whales on the ship's tours, but I think they must have been on a later boat. Also this is fairly early in the whale watching season.

Then we went back to the ship. Some people had a beach excursion part after the whale watching but we did not.
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As we got off that boat, I saw that there was a tender there so we got onto that and went in to the port.
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I wanted to take a picture of La Churcha which was sent over from England. We bargained with the guy at the dock - I got him down from $50 each for a 1 hour tour to $20 for two of us to go to see that specific place.
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But I should have looked at the information booth because the price for going into town was $2.00 each.

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Anyway I got my photos of La Churcha
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and also some of the Catholic church
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and the area by the waterfront.
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We came back and ate in the Windjammer right at the bow of the boat, and saw there talking for a good bit. Then we went back to the cabin and it had a nap before dinner.
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Amber Cove - November 2016

New Carnival Port

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Amber Cove is a new Carnival Cruise line port, located on the Bay of Maimon near Puerto Plata on the Dominican Republic’s North Coast. They have the capability to host two cruise ships at their piers. Most of the ships come during the week

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There are shops and many activities near the port area, as well as excursions to Puerto Plata. The area surrounding Amber Cove was one of the locations used to shoot the 1993 film Jurassic Park. Some of the decorations in the shopping area reflect the Jurassic Park connection.
Jurassic Park dinosaur head in the shopping area - Amber Cove

Jurassic Park dinosaur head in the shopping area - Amber Cove

I visited this area on a Carnival ship with my friend Lyndee who was helping me with my scooter and packing etc., because Bob was not interested in doing more cruises.

Arriving

Lynde took my camera out to take photos as we came into port - she filled up her camera card in Nassau.
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We got a wake-up call and room service breakfast. That enabled Lynde to have coffee right away when she got up. (I don't drink coffee) I had scheduled a trip with Marysol Tours and we were to meet them outside the port. I checked the forecast for the DR and it said 80% rain, so we took raincoats. The ship dock is very VERY long and we backed in. We were to get off at the bow so the whole length of the ship and then same distance or more to the entrance to the port.

We went out on deck to see the docking, and there was a golf cart with officials and an ambulance waiting for the docking to be completed. When they had the lines attached, both vehicles motored up to the ship and the EMTs took a stretcher aboard. I understand someone fell and broke some bones.
Amulance on the dock - Amber Cove

Amulance on the dock - Amber Cove


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We got off immediately when the ship cleared. They had those bike rickshaws like in Cozumel. But I was on the scooter and Lynde walked. After we got to the port entrance and went through the covered shop area, we walked through the central area around the shops where the tourist information kiosk was. There was a tree in a little planter and the name tag at the bottom said it was an autograph tree.

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We came out into the area where you could get a taxi or take one of the excursion buses (which was covered).
Area where passengers met the buses for Carnival tours - Amber Cove

Area where passengers met the buses for Carnival tours - Amber Cove


It started to rain really really hard, so we put on our raincoats, We just waited a couple minutes and it pretty much stopped and we continued to the port entrance.

When we got to the highway, we turned left and went along the highway to where the non-approved taxis and tour bus people (the ones who do not pay a kickback to Carnival) were waiting, and found our tour.
Drivers waiting for their fares - Amber Cove

Drivers waiting for their fares - Amber Cove

We were the first ones there. Our guide was Jesus and the driver (who spoke no English) was Raymond. I asked if I could sit in the front seat and was told that I could -it meant climbing over the center console as there was no door on that side. They put the scooter in the back without folding it. Pretty soon another group of six people came.

Then we waited a long time, and then drove up to the port entrance and picked up a lady with a walker from Edenton who said she had a broken back. She was irate because she had been told (by the travel agent) that it was 5 minutes walk from the port - which is was - from the port entrance. She thought they meant from the ship. I had talked to the guy from Marysol Tours on the phone and he said it would be 15 minutes from the ship, which was pretty much what it was.
Where we picked up the complaining lady - Amber Cove

Where we picked up the complaining lady - Amber Cove


It made us over half an hour late at the beginning of the tour which meant we did not get to visit some places.

We visited the Rum factory, a jewelry and souvenir shop, a cigar factory, the cathedral and the fort. We did not see the Amber Museum or the chocolate factory, and we did not get to ride the aerial tram because of lack of time. I had thought this would be a bus tour with drive-bys of various places. It was not. We actually went in and visited each place.

In addition to Lynde and me there was group of six people - a man named Jerry (with his foot in a soft cast because he fell two stories from a ladder and broke his foot), his wife Bonnie, his sister and her husband and Bonnie's good friend and her husband. Jerry had a kind of wheeled rest for his foot which he didn't use much so they put that in the back. And also the lady from Edenton NC with a walker and her husband. We drove into town - the traffic wasn't quite as hectic as in Santo Domingo, but was still "interesting"

Axle with two wheels pulled by a horse  - Puerto Plata

Axle with two wheels pulled by a horse - Puerto Plata


Two on a cycle - M plate (military?) - Puerto Plata

Two on a cycle - M plate (military?) - Puerto Plata


Rum bottle advertisement in the street - Puerto Plata

Rum bottle advertisement in the street - Puerto Plata

First we went to the Casa Brugal rum factory.
Mirror at a blind corner (rum factory) - Puerto Plata

Mirror at a blind corner (rum factory) - Puerto Plata

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I could have stayed on the bus here as the factory itself was non-accessible and no photos allowed.
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But some people had to use the bathroom so I did that too and wandered around the sales area a bit. I also sat and talked to the lady from Edenton - she said her husband (who was with her) has Alzheimer's. She says she does the driving because he forgets what side of the road to drive on. He seemed fine to me. Maybe he was just ignoring her because she was so irritating.
Papa Andres ron dominico - Puerto Plata

Papa Andres ron dominico - Puerto Plata


Jerry and Bobby (one of the other husbands) were late back to the bus because they were so into sampling the rum. Their wives told them that they were grounded. I think Lynde tried the rum but I did not.

The next stop was the Rainbow Gift Shop where we had a shopping opportunity. Lynde outside the Rainbow Gift Shop - Puerto Plata

Lynde outside the Rainbow Gift Shop - Puerto Plata


The guide Jesus said we could bargain. I got T-shirts for Bob, Adrian and Lucas and some Larimar jewelry for my daughters. They said this was a rare stone and found only in the D.R., but it looked pretty much like turquoise to me.

Jewelry counter - Puerto Plata

Jewelry counter - Puerto Plata

T-shirts and jewelry I bought - Puerto Plata

T-shirts and jewelry I bought - Puerto Plata

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Puerto Plata - 2016-November

Second Part of the Marysol Tour

Continuing with the Marysol Tour
Colorful souvenir shop - Puerto Plata

Colorful souvenir shop - Puerto Plata

Selling fruit from a truck - Puerto Plata

Selling fruit from a truck - Puerto Plata

Red light with countdown timer - Puerto Plata

Red light with countdown timer - Puerto Plata

Funeral For The Well Off

Funeral For The Well Off


Next we went to the Cathedral of St Philip the Apostle (I didn't understand what it was in Spanish, so I looked it up on Google maps on my cell phone), and went in to look around (and have our photos taken if we desired).

Marysol Tours

Marysol Tours

Central Square - Puerto Plata

Central Square - Puerto Plata

Cathederal - Puerto Plata]
Dog asleep by the ramp to the Cathedral - Puerto Plata

Dog asleep by the ramp to the Cathedral - Puerto Plata


Main altar - Puerto Plata

Main altar - Puerto Plata


Baptismal font - Puerto Plata

Baptismal font - Puerto Plata


Stained glass in St. Philip the Apostle

Stained glass in St. Philip the Apostle

In the square in front of the Cathedral, there was a gazebo
Artist painting La Glorieta (the gazebo) - Amber Museum in the background - Puerto Plata

Artist painting La Glorieta (the gazebo) - Amber Museum in the background - Puerto Plata

and two statues (one of General Luperón and the second one of Juan Pablo Duarte )
Statue of General Gregorio Luperón with blue building in back - Puerto Plata

Statue of General Gregorio Luperón with blue building in back - Puerto Plata


Our guide getting ready to take photo of a group - Puerto Plata

Our guide getting ready to take photo of a group - Puerto Plata

Jerry and Bonnie and their group looking at a statue - Puerto Plata

Jerry and Bonnie and their group looking at a statue - Puerto Plata

Central Square

Central Square

and there was an opportunity to feed the pigeons so Lynde did that and I got a photo of her with a pigeon on her head.

putting the food in her hand - Puerto Plata

putting the food in her hand - Puerto Plata


Lynde with a pigeon on her head (and hand) - Puerto Plata

Lynde with a pigeon on her head (and hand) - Puerto Plata

Characters for a photo op - Puerto Plata

Characters for a photo op - Puerto Plata

We were held up here by the lady from Edenton who was arguing with the guide about something. The houses around the square are sometimes referred to as "Victorian" although they were built long after the end of Queen Victoria's reign
House near central square - Puerto Plata

House near central square - Puerto Plata

I took a photo of this car thinking it was a police car. But really it stands for Cuerpo Especializado de Seguridad Turística which is apparently a branch of the military in charge of tourist security i.e. keeping tourists safe.
CESTUR car - Puerto Plata

CESTUR car - Puerto Plata

By this time (since we had to wait for the lady with the broken back everywhere) it was quite late - about 1:30. So we stopped for lunch near the waterfront.
Malecon Sea Side Walk

Malecon Sea Side Walk


The Edenton lady and her husband stayed on the bus because he wasn't happy about eating local food. But we were at an outside table right next to the bus and they could have gotten off and joined us and just had a Sprite or something.

Guide taking our photo - Puerto Plata

Guide taking our photo - Puerto Plata

Picture taken by our guide - I'm at the head of the table - Puerto Plata

Picture taken by our guide - I'm at the head of the table - Puerto Plata


I had the "Dominican breakfast" which consisted of two fried eggs, a piece of ham, a piece of cheese and what seemed like creamed potatoes. Dominican breakfast - Puerto Plata

Dominican breakfast - Puerto Plata

Lynde had chicken cordon blue and tried the fried plantains, but she didn't like them and I ate one - I LIKE plantains, and these weren't good ones. They were breaded and kind of soggy instead of crisp.

After lunch we were to go to the cigar factory (aka Vivonte Cigar Factory & Lounge). Which was right around the corner, Eventually it was decided to ride there on the bus because I couldn't guarantee that I could walk that distance, and the lady from Edenton was still on the bus. We exited the bus and I didn't get the scooter out. I just walked in and sat down.
Vivonte Cigar Factory & Lounge - Puerto Plata

Vivonte Cigar Factory & Lounge - Puerto Plata


Then the group went upstairs for a demonstration. So I followed them. The second part of the stairs didn't have a railing on both sides for me to hold onto, so I want up on hands and feet, but there was no one watching because the lady from Edenton was still downstairs and everyone else was already up there. I did take some photos.
Marysol Tours

Marysol Tours


Making a cigar - Puerto Plata

Making a cigar - Puerto Plata


Cigar maker smoking a cigar - Puerto Plata

Cigar maker smoking a cigar - Puerto Plata


Cigar making machine - Puerto Plata

Cigar making machine - Puerto Plata


Finished cigars - Puerto Plata

Finished cigars - Puerto Plata

Then as we were about to leave, the lady from Edenton decided she needed to go to the bathroom, so that delayed us some more as this was quite a long procedure. She had been in the bathroom so long at the rum factory that I was afraid she had fallen and needed help.

The last place we went was to a fort, and I decided not to go in

Approaching the fort - Puerto Plata

Approaching the fort - Puerto Plata


Entrance to Fort San Felipe - Puerto Plata

Entrance to Fort San Felipe - Puerto Plata

One of the sentry towers - Puerto Plata

One of the sentry towers - Puerto Plata

Fort wall - Puerto Plata

Fort wall - Puerto Plata

- I should have brought my cane and then I could have done the fort too. I did get some photos of an old lighthouse.
Puerto Plata Light - Puerto Plata

Puerto Plata Light - Puerto Plata


and also of another statue of General Luperon

Close-up of  Statue of General Gregorio Luperón  - Puerto Plata

Close-up of Statue of General Gregorio Luperón - Puerto Plata


There were a lot of street vendors here and also at the restaurant.
Souvenir sellers and a donkey - Puerto Plata

Souvenir sellers and a donkey - Puerto Plata

Man who approached me as I sat in the van - Puerto Plata

Man who approached me as I sat in the van - Puerto Plata

Then the lady from Edenton wanted to go back to the ship. I wanted to do the cable car and some of the others wanted to go to the beach. It was very windy and rough so they decided not to go to the beach, and apparently the cable car went up and then it would be 30 minutes before you could get back down, and I didn't want to stay up there - just go up and come down.

So I didn't insist (and Marysol later refunded our money for that part of the tour) and they just took us back to the port. We drove back out into the country. A man got on the van and checked all our IDs and they took us all the way in to the place where the buses and taxis left from. Fredrico (the main guy from Marysol) called on the phone to talk to us. The Edenton lady complained about how far she had to walk. He later told me that she should not have been sold the tour - it was unsuitable for her.

Lyndee did some shopping. And then she got a rickshaw ride back to the ship and we got ready for dinner.
Lynde looking at the shops - Amber Cove

Lynde looking at the shops - Amber Cove


Man waiting for his wife (at first I thought he was a cardboard cutout) - Amber Cove

Man waiting for his wife (at first I thought he was a cardboard cutout) - Amber Cove


Lynde in the bike ahead of me - Amber Cove

Lynde in the bike ahead of me - Amber Cove


At dinner, they had the nice rolls with cranberries in them which I like, but Lynde doesn't (so I can have them all). Cranberry rolls - Amber Cove

Cranberry rolls - Amber Cove


I had snails as an appetizer which grossed Lynde out. They were good.

Snails appetizer - Amber Cove

Snails appetizer - Amber Cove


I also had braised short ribs which were nice and tender. And then there was cheesecake for dessert.

Then we went to bed, because early tomorrow was have Grand Turk

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