Category Archives: Santo Domingo

Walled City Begins at Parque Independencia

white flower square

A glimpse of historic Santo Domingo’s old walled city begins at Parque Independencia. A newcomer to the Dominican Republic needs a little dose of island history early on, I believe, in order to gain perspective on the culture and people. Our... Read More | Share it now!

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Unwrapping Santo Domingo’s Colonial Zone

Along Conde

Unwrapping Santo Domingo’s Colonial Zone is best accomplished over time. Since we expected to be living in Santo Domingo for 18 months or so, neither efficiency nor coverage were top priorities on our first visit. We arrived without much of a... Read More | Share it now!

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National Botanical Gardens Largest in Caribbean

Botanical Gardens SD

We toured the National Botanical Gardens largest in Caribbean, on a sunny Saturday afternoon. To my eyes, so used to the beauty of the Temperate Zone flora, the tropical wonders I saw there were both exotic and breathtakingly beautiful. with its vast... Read More | Share it now!

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Music Changes Hearts and Connects the World

Blooming in Los Haitises

Fine music changes hearts and connects the world. If I could clone myself and a few musical friends a hundred times over and go out to every group of children thirsty for music, I believe it would contribute immeasurably toward the happiness and... Read More | Share it now!

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Love animals? Visit Parque Zoologico Nacional

Strange tree-of-life mural

Love animals? Visit Parque Zoologico Nacional in Santo Domingo. We arrived at opening time on a Saturday morning under intense tropical sunlight. I knew the photography would be difficult, as this photo of the entry courtyard suggests. But I prefer... Read More | Share it now!

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Seaside Drive Morphs into Outdoor Abattoirs

Goat for sale

Imagine that, quite unexpectedly, a gorgeous seaside drive morphs into outdoor abattoirs. The first one startles you. Then you pass another abattoir on the right, then one on the left, then another and another. Abattoir is the French word for... Read More | Share it now!

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Artisans Who Create for Their Culture


After discovering the class disparity in shopping in high end malls compared to the low end street vendors, we began discovering individual artisans who create for their culture. By this I mean, those talented few who create beautiful things that... Read More | Share it now!

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Discovering High-end Cuisine in the DR

Shell chandelier at Boca Marina

Discovering high-end cuisine in the DR has generated many pleasurable evenings with good friends, but I always wonder what aspects of the experience are for the tourists and what are for the locals. Take for example, the matter of music. At Santo... Read More | Share it now!

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Christmas Concert in the First Cathedral in America

Interior oldest cathedral of the Americas

The Christmas concert in the first cathedral in America is a once-a-year event at Basílica Catedral Metropolitana Santa María de la Encarnación Primada de América. We arrived in the Colonial Zone with only half an hour to spare and I was tense. I... Read More | Share it now!

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The Nativity in Parque Iberoamérica Amphitheater

Friends attending a Sunday night performance of the Nativity in Parque Iberoamérica amphitheater recommended it to us so highly that we simply had to make time. Each morning since Thanksgiving as we’ve take our early morning walk, we’ve seen... Read More | Share it now!

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