Friday, June 22, 2012
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
7. Tropical animals and plants:
6. Sunsets & libations:
5. Shopping!!! (not that I bought much)
Monday, March 19, 2012
Sunday, March 11, 2012
Santo Domingo is a large, sprawling city of 3 million, complete with urban issues. Like traffic. And pedestrians walking on elevated highways!
Christopher's brother, Bartholomew Columbus, built Santo Domingo in 1496 as the first European city in the New World.
Pigeons flock in front of the oldest cathedral in the Americas.
The Colonial Zone is quaint and colorful.
It's still a center for artists.
A lazy day along the seawall of the Malecon.
Obelisk to the butterfly sisters on the Malecon.
Next up: 10 reasons why I love the Caribbean!
Friday, March 2, 2012
Casa de Campo is two hours east of Santo Domingo on the south coast overlooking the Caribbean shore. We rented a villa that came with a maid/cook and butler, and we felt like royals!
The neighbors here drive fancy yachts!
A replica of a 16th century Mediterranean village sits on a cliff overlooking the Chavon river and Pete Dye golf courses.
Of course the village has its own Greek amphitheater.
The Dominicans think it's too cold in winter to go to the beach, but we thought mid 80's at Playa Minitas was perfect!
We also enjoyed our "beach bed" at Juan Dolio, which is halfway between Casa de Campo and Santo Domingo.
Next up, Santo Domingo!
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
The DR feels more like a South American country than a Caribbean island, maybe because of its size. It has a population of almost 10 million--3 million live in the capital, Santo Domingo.
The DR has three independence days, but the one from Haiti on February 27, 1844 is the most important (the other two are from Spain). This explains why we saw so many flags flying while we visited in February.
The DR has some of the best beaches in the world. From Santo Domingo on the south coast, it takes a little over 2 hours to drive to the north coast.
Our semi-private beach at Samana:
An island in the Samana bay:
Pick-up baseball on the beach:
I love this downspout!
And beautiful sunsets.
Stay tuned for Part 2 about the south coast!
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Saturday, January 14, 2012
I tried hard to whittle this list down to 5, but couldn't. I really enjoyed them all! Since my TBR piles grow faster than I can read, these books are not from 2011; that's just when I read them:
Open Season, C.J. Box
Ordinary Thunderstorms, William Boyd
Tell No One, Harlan Coben
Dreaming of the Bones, Deborah Crombie
Finding Nouf, Zoe Ferraris
The Devotion of Suspect X, Keigo Higashino
The Ghosts of Belfast, Stuart Neville
Impact, Douglas Preston
To Fetch a Thief, Spencer Quinn
Amazonia, James Rollins
In the Bleak Midwinter, Julia Spencer-Fleming
Saturday, January 7, 2012
Boxing Day sales rival any Black Friday--except for the queues.
The elusive sun sets over Hyde Park.
Department stores, ablaze with Christmas lights.
Tower Bridge looks pretty nice, too.
Next day, we stroll through Battersea Park...
And Chelsea, where many writers and artists passed through.
I can't wait to pass through again!
Friday, January 6, 2012
German Christmas market still goes strong under the bridge.
The sun breaks out as we ride the Eye!
Christmas Eve dinner at Babur, a fusion Indian restaurant serving Brother Cadfael cocktails--how British is that?
We watch the Queen give her Christmas speech.