It rained over night.
But we didn't mind because, despite our precautions,
we both got sun burn the day before.
Time for some shopping.
The Resort has a few shops.
This guy claimed his name was Charlie Brown. Gave me a free cigar.
NO, not that big one. But I bought some panatellas (small cigars)
anyway, to give out when I get back.
Then we headed off resort to some nearby shops.
They were situated in this once grand hotel.
My awful photo doesn't do it justice.
I'm guessing it was put out of business by the modern
seaside Resorts. But you could easily imagine that in it's heyday the likes of
Clark Gable or Greta Garbo once walked it's hallways.
The entrance way. While taking pics here I ripped my shirt
on a nail ... then tripped over a sprinkler head and nearly killed myself.
Out back they're building a new golf course. This old hotel would make
a great club house. I foresee it returning to grander times.
Downstairs they had a little cigar factory and shop.
Alonzo the Cigar Master and Julio the Apprentice crank out the cigs.
Lots of cigars. Expensive or cheap. But all of 'em are probably pretty good.
Rum and cigars are big in the Dominican Republic.
Below: Famous cigarists. Can you ID them?
Churchill, Groucho Marx, Che Guevara
JFK, Sig Freud, Peter Falk,
Charles Aznavour, Nicholson, Demi Moore, Michael Jordan,
Robert De Niro, Schwarzeneggar
I got 'em all except Asnavour and Demi Moore.
Back to the Resort
Coming up: Punta Cana Cowboys / Day Two / Part 2