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Punta Cana Cowboys / Day Trip to Santo Domingo / Columbus House

7 Jun


moments / boz scaggs

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Our trip to Punta Cana seems like a dream now – and far away. It was indeed the experience of a lifetime and I wonder if I made the most of the opportunity – as I will not likely get back that way again. I have to thank my wonderful companion Rose without whom I would never have had this experience

Columbus House / Plaza de Espana

Diego Columbus

Diego Columbus

I was unable to find much information on Diego Columbus. I was curious to see if he had carried on with the tyrannical behavior of his father.

Diego Columbus was the eldest son of Christopher Columbus. He was a Portuguese navigator and explorer under the Kings of Castile and Aragón. He served as the 2nd Admiral of the Indies, 2nd Viceroy of the Indies and 3rd Governor of the Indies as a vassal to the Kings of Castile and Aragón.

Columbus House was the house of the Columbus family in Santo Domingo. It was built by Diego Coulmbus in 1515. Today, it’s a museum furnished with original and period furniture.

Columbus House

Columbus House …. not that impressive from the outside.

Columbus House Knight

The tools of Spanish power

Columbus House dining room

Dining area ?

Columbus House kitchen

Kitchen to be sure.

Columbus House kitchen 2

Opulent eating …

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Columbus House main hall

Main Hall …

Columbus and son

Chris and son. An idealic image.

Columbus House room

Columbus House dining area

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Columbus House statue

Columbus House harp

Columbus House window

Columbus House tableware

Columbus House stairwell

Columbus House bedroom

Columbus House muskets

Columbus House guide

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Columbus House door

Columbus House stairs

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Columbus House balcony

Columbus House Rose

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Columbus House back outside

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Punta Cana Cowboys / Day Trip to Santo Domingo 6

20 May


sloop john b / tom fogerty

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The Colonial Chu Chu

Remember that little train? The Colonial Chu Chu.
All aboard!

The Colonial Chu Chu

The Chu Chu chugs us through the downtown Santo Domingo streets
… as we attempt to take some pics …

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Next: Columbus House … 

Punta Cana Cowboys / Day Trip to Santo Domingo 5

6 May


sloop john b / The Beach Boys 

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Downtown Santo Domingo

Out of Cathedral – to the streets.

Santo Domingo Columbus the Tyrant

Columbus Memorial – monument to a tyrant.

Santo Domingo Columbus Park

Santo Domingo pigeon maestro

The maestro of pigeons appears.

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Orchestrates his minions.

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Meanwhile … Dominos.These guys were heavily into it … with spectators.

Santo Domingo Cathedral

Cathedral and plaza

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It’s guaranteed that somebody will try to sell you something. “NO. Gracias.”

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The Museum of Tobacco – with 3 cigar store Indians.

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The Cathedral of Santo Domingo is the oldest cathedral in the Americas – they claim.

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Remember that dog?

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He’s drinking Rose water.

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A local steed. Doubt this would be legal in Canada.

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Heading off plaza …

Santo Domingo downtown

Inscription reads:

Homage of the First Council of America the Adelantado Don Bartholomew founder on the east bank of the Ozama River from the town of Santo Domingo Colon on 5 August 1498 before being transferred to this part by the governor of the island of Hispaniola Fray Nicolas Ovando in 1502 “.

These guys really celebrated themselves.

Santo Domingo side streets

Rose spots a horse. It must be watered.

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Trying to figure out where we are …

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So did we.

Next time … more downtown Santo Domingo

Punta Cana Cowboys / Day Trip to Santo Domingo 4 3/4

26 Apr


Game of Thrones Theme – Violin Cover – Taylor Davis

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Downtown Santo Domingo
Catedral Primada de America / Looking around 

Catedral Primada de America inside

Catedral Primada de America closer

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I had a Confession to make … 

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… I’m Ironman

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Next … more downtown Santo Domingo

Punta Cana Cowboys / Day Trip to Santo Domingo 4

24 Apr


I Can See Clearly Now / Jimmy Cliff

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Downtown Santo Domingo
Catedral Primada de America 

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Catedral Primada de America – Plaza Entrance

Catedral Primada de America gate

Heading around to other Entrance … some Saint guards the gate

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The other entrance … not as impressive

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Even the Church looks like a fort – for good reason. In 1586 Sir Francis Drake of England pillaged and burned the city, which survived only to be invaded by the French and Haitians. Drake lived in the Church for 25 days they say.

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Statue of Arzobispo Meriño. I could not discover who he was, but he’s got a statue.

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Crowding in …

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But inside is impressive

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Vaulted Gothic ceiling

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I like Churches. They have Altars.
And I can thank God for my many blessings.

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Though I can do that anywhere. 

Punta Cana Cowboys / Day Trip to Santo Domingo 4

19 Apr


Sloop John B / Waylon Jennings

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Downtown Santo Domingo

Leaving the Presidential Palace we head Downtown.

Map of Downtown Santo Domingo

Sorry about the quality of this map … it was the best I could find.

We had to park about 3 blocks from the main plaza where we were headed and hoof it.
Large vehicles cannot navigate the narrow Santo Domingo streets.

Downtown Santo Domingo stairs

Head up some stairs …

Downtown Santo Domingo rally point

Rally at the top: … that’s our guide in the orange shirt.

Downtown Santo Domingo stone arch

Stone walls … stone arches – the former battlements.

Downtown Santo Domingo

Plaza just ahead …

Downtown Santo Domingo kids on day trips

Lots of school groups on day excursions.

Downtown Santo Domingo Colonial ChuChu

Entering the plaza we spot this thing: The Colonial ChuChu – a future ride.

Downtown Santo Domingo plaza

Gathering for a peptalk … Rose spots a dog …

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Columbus Park

As has been said: History is written by the victors.
We discover that this plaza is called Columbus Park and has a huge monument to Columbus right in the middle.

Downtown Santo Domingo Columbus Park

There he is.

I have to wonder if things will change due to the recent revelations about how he actually behaved over here. It won’t come easy. They’ve been celebrating him as a hero for 500 years and feasting on this past image for Tourism for quite a while. This country is run by the descendants of the conquerors – though it now has democratic elections. And there’s that other very big elephant in the room – the Catholic Church. These guys were all good Catholics weren’t they??? It’s going to be interesting.

Downtown Santo Domingo Columbus Monument 1

The pigeons know how to treat Chris.

Here’s a little Columbus anecdote for you: See that native gal on the statue?
(from St. John Beach Guide): “Bronze statue of Columbus, pointing northward, and a native Taino climbing up to reach him. According to an other description the native Taino is the Cacica, Anacaona, the first Indian to learn to read and write. Anacaona was captured in an act of trickery whereby her village was burned and all the inhabitants slaughtered by troops under the command of Nicolas de Ovando, then Governor of Santo Domingo. Ovando was under orders by Columbus to wipe out the remaining unsubjugated Tainos who were beginning to rebel against the Spanish. Anacaona was subsequently hung in a public square in Santo Domingo.”

Nice guys.

Downtown Santo Domingo Columbus Monument 2

“Is that gold?”

Plaque on the monument reads:
“In honor of the great Admiral Don Cristóbal Colón (Columbus)
discoverer of the new world – first viceroy and Governor of AMERICA.
made by artist Ernesto Gilbert / Inaugurated on 27 February 1887”

Downtown Santo Domingo Columbus Monument 3

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Onward …

Next: Punta Cana Cowboys / Day Trip to Santo Domingo 5

Punta Cana Cowboys / Day Trip to Santo Domingo 3

13 Apr


Kingston Trio

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Next stop:

The Presidential Palace

We knew that a Day Trip wouldn’t allow us to see very much of Santo Domingo. But as we chugged along in the bus we tried to snap some pics … click, click, click … Whirlwind Tour style.

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Santo Domingo streets

Santo Domingo street

In Santo Domingo you park wherever you can – even on the sidewalk

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Lots of gates, walls, cannons, and soldiers. Santo Domingo was once a fortress city

Santo Domingo gateway

We saw a lot of things where we would have liked to have stopped and taken pictures. Like this tremendous monument below:

MONUMENTO A LA CAÑA, VILLA DUARTE SANTO DOMINGO ESTE.

Our picture from the bus …

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Monumento a la Caña (Monument to Sugar Cane) (Picture from the Net)

Santo Domingo street vendor

Santo Domingo ship

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To the Palace Alice!!!

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We arrive at the Presidential Palace

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Everybody jumps out

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Time for a pic

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Security is high

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And can’t go in here either!

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Wait ! They’re opening the gates !!

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But it’s just some bigwig arriving …

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Can’t see who it is … Sean Penn? Hillary Clinton ?… the plumber ??

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There they go

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Back to normal

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Oh well …

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… snap a pic through the fence

Off to Downtown Santo Domingo …

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Next: Punta Cana Cowboys / Day Trip to Santo Domingo 4

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