Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Fun in the Sun in the Dominican Republic

I'm having a hard time choosing the photos from the 500 or so photos that I have taken to show you what our wonderful trip to the Dominican Republic was like. My brother-in-law, Bill Miller, was at the airport to pick up my daughter, Karol, and I when we arrived in Puerto Plata on March 12. Since he has lived in the area for 14 years, he knew all the beaches to visit, places to shop, and where to get the best food.

We had a nice apartment one floor below Bill's apartment for our nine day stay in Sousa. Karol is sitting on the balcony overlooking the lush tropical garden where flowers and fruit are growing.

The weather was perfect in the lower 80's with rain occasionally in the evening so lying on the beaches was our favorite thing to do. Karol found my glasses after a big wave hit me behind my knees and I fell down in the salty water. We watched as others surfed with kites. Several people wanted to sell us food or trinkets, a woman braided Karol's hair, and a singer came to sing to us. Of course we went shopping in town too.

The restaurants were very good. We even went to a clear river with friends, Ingeburg and Monica,where a Dominican man prepared barbequed ribs and rice for us. That is a mahogany tree behind Ingeburg and Monica.

In Puerto Plata, we walked the malecon which is a wide red brick sidewalk several miles along the ocean. The fort is the San Felipe Fort which was built on the harbor in the early 1500's after Columbus sailed to the area about 20 miles away in the 1490's.

Bill drove us into the mountains where we saw sugar cane fields, king palms and banana plantations. Flowers and fruit were everywhere. We saw poor homes and fancy homes. Then it was time for me to back to our RV while Karol returned to Iowa and a big snowstorm.