Punta Cana Cowboys _____ The End

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Parting Images 

We were in Punta Cana for only one week. One week. But we took over a thousand pics (I’m sure you noticed LOL!)
Everything was interesting and magical. If you want spice up your life and appreciate this world, travel is the way to go. To me, these pictures are priceless. Many remind me of things I might otherwise have forgotten – and the feelings come flooding back.
It seems far away now. It WAS special.

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One last visit to the ocean … 

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Reality Check … 

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Farewell Punta Cana … 

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Punta Cana Cowboys / Country Safari

Not very well recorded, but this Korean gal gets it – that this is a lament. 

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What do you do after a long hot Day Trip to Santo Domingo?

Night Swim
How about a midnight swim?
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Ahhhh …. yes.

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Next day … another Day Trip.
Called Country Safari.

Country Safari

Our Guide
Our Guide.

Yep … he’s trying to sell us something.
Rose tests a hat.

Crocodile Rose
Crocodile Rose
Country Safari our group
Our group

The idea behind this was to see some REAL Dominican Republic. We knew that wasn’t going to happen. But it was still some fun.

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What’s cookin’? Everything.
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Banana and flower
Country Safari store
Chocolate, Cigars, Rum, Coffee … lots of stuff to buy …
Here’s to you!

Country Safari butterfly

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Moving on …

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Head for the beach …
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“Surf School’?
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Instructions: “Don’t drown.”
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I wade …
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Rose rests.

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Like a dream …
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Don’t wake me up.

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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

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

Santo Domingo house

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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:

Our picture from the bus …
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

Punta Cana Cowboys / Day Trip to Santo Domingo 1

 Merci Bon Dieu / Belafonte

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Day Trip to Santo Domingo

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    The whole time I was at Punta Cana I was conscious – or felt – that I was in an artificial world – a ‘make believe’ place. I was enjoying myself yes … it was a dream. But it was hard for me to shake that feeling. That it was not real. And maybe I didn’t really deserve to be here.

    I recognized that I am privileged. The average person in the Dominican Republic (or the world) will never have access to anything like this. The 3rd World was just outside our gilded gates … and they will never get in.

    So I wanted to see some of that Real World … if I could.

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Up before sunrise … get on the bus
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Exit Punta Cana
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Half way there … Pit stop
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Grab a coffee … or some rum

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Onward … to:

“Monumento Natural Cueva los Tres Ojos”
which means:
Natural Monument: the Cave of Three Eyes 

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“Cave of the Three Eyes” is crowded
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Down you go …
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Down we go …
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The first of the “Eyes”
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Pool two
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Looking up
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I told you it was crowded
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The third “Eye”
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Heading back up …
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From up top

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Curiously …

Our guide told us that before the government took over the caves,
several people had died here – mainly from falling or drowning.
Later Rose and I noticed several orbs in our shots.

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This is the only orb shot I’ve included here. Hard to miss though. 

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Upcoming … Punta Cana Cowboys / Day Trip to Santo Domingo 2

Punta Cana Cowboys / Day Two / Part 3

cu cu ru cu cu paloma / Harry Belafonte

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Stroll back …

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Sunset on the beach.

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A table is prepared before us …

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… shall we dine?

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Life is tuff.

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Upcoming … Punta Cana Cowboys / Day Three

Punta Cana Cowboys / Day Two / Part 2

The Dolphins / A Beautiful Day

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Due to our sunburn, we tried to stay out of the sun.
There was shade at the nearby pool.

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Uncrowded and serene.

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As beautiful and refreshing as it looks.

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Even as burnt as we were.

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Time for a bite.

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With another dinner guest.

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Back to the beach …

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Some blessed cloud cover was welcome.

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Ahhhh …

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But the sea is calling …

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 … and I must answer.

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Quintus Flatulence III … the Awakening

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Upcoming … Punta Cana Cowboys / Day Two / Part 3

Punta Cana Cowboys / Day Two / Part 1

Punta Cana Day 2 1

It rained over night.

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But we didn’t mind because, despite our precautions,
we both got sun burn the day before.

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So a little cloud and cooling off was welcome.

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We just couldn’t take enough pics of this bird though. He was a Star.
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Time for some shopping.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The entrance way. While taking pics here I ripped my shirt
on a nail … then tripped over a sprinkler head and nearly killed myself.
Punta Cana Day 2 2cOut 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.

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Alonzo the Cigar Master and Julio the Apprentice crank out the cigs.

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Lots of cigars. Expensive or cheap. But all of ’em are probably pretty good.

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Lottsa cigars.

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Rum and cigars are big in the Dominican Republic.

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Below: Famous cigarists. Can you ID them?

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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.

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Back to the Resort

Coming up: Punta Cana Cowboys / Day Two / Part 2

Punta Cana Cowboys / Day One / Part 3

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Time to veg a bit
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I dropped my camera in the water …
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… after that it took some interesting shots
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There’s a nice big pool up from the beach

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With a well used bar
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But we just used it to wash the salt off
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Heading back
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Large buffet – lots of food selection

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Dinner guest

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Coming up: Punta Cana Cowboys / Day Two 

Punta Cana Cowboys / Day One / Part 2

I just wanted to get to the beach and jump in the Ocean.
Without that, why would I come here anyway?

Donning my famous Mayan Calendar T-Shirt and some sunscreen we head out.

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But almost right away we spot some peacocks.

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Gotta take pictures of peacocks.

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They obliged.

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We decided to cut through the Paseo Ecologico (Ecological Walk)

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Sort of a jungle in the jungle.

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But nice.

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I’m forced to navigate the deadly Mangrove Bridge

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Finally we emerge.

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Our destination is in sight !

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Our destination at last !!

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Rose sets up camp.

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Finally … !

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How sweet it is.

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A swim in the warm waters of the Caribbean!

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Coming up: Punta Cana Cowboys / Day One / Part 3

Punta Cana Cowboys / Day One

The failing of man is the poverty of his desires.
– anon

Strangers in Paradise 

I never dreamed of ever going to Caribbean.
That’s something that rich people do.
But one day Rose said, “I want to go to Punta Cana.”
So … a Part-Time Greeter at Home Depot
and a House Cleaner go to Punta Cana.

A once in a lifetime experience.

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Punta Cana / Dominican Republic

Dominican Carribean Map

Punta Cana Plane
Mandatory plane selfie
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Disembark … 8 hours to Punta Canada from Calgary
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Sunwing — cramped seats / Good pilots. The first thing that hits you is the humidity.
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Grab the bags
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Checking in … that’s not alcohol … but it’s good. 

One of the first things folks asked us when we got back was “How much did you drink?” We don’t drink. I did once. But I’ve found I can have a hell of good time without it. This seems to puzzle some people.

Bavaro Princess Resort Map
Bavaro Princess Resort Map
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Looking around … we’re not in Alberta anymore Toto.
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From our room
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There’s a nice swimming pool behind that jungle
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Interior Courtyard

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Lottsa rum
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Stuff to do …
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More stuff …

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Essentials … that Solarcaine cost us 14 dollars US.

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Read carefully … VERY carefully
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Watched a Harry Potter film festival on TV for the whole week. SHAZZAM !

Coming up: Punta Cana Cowboys / Day One / Part 2

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