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Punta Cana Cowboys _____ The End

11 Jul

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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

17 Jun


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 …

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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.

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

Santo Domingo house

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

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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

Punta Cana Cowboys / Day Trip to Santo Domingo 1

5 Apr


 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

31 Mar


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

30 Mar


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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Relax.

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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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Renewed.

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Refreshed.

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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

26 Mar

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

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