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Puerto Plata is the main city on the D.R.'s north coast and was named by Christopher Columbus when he explored the area in 1493. The harbor is guarded by Fortaleza San Felipe, one of the oldest forts in the New World. Some parts of the town are a little ramshackle but in other areas Victorian houses have been nicely renovated so the center part of town including the Parque Central and cathedral are pleasant to stroll through.
I decided to spend the night at Villa Carolina, a hotel ...
... at a little roadside comedor.
Maybe I picked the lunch offerings from the pots and pans lined up, but the
goodies all tasted freshly prepared – Bacalao (salt cod) salad, Cangrejo
(crabmeat), Albondigas de Pescado (deep fried fish balls), sautéed cheese, and
two starchy bananas, a breakfast seafood feast!
There were numerous pretty beaches along the way including
Playa Grande, which has something rare for ...
... same for myself. It's easier than it sounds. The kids are all drawn to each other and the teenage cultural worries about being judged by peers are (for the most part) melting quickly. Beyond connecting with the teens, I'm enjoying the Dominicans:
Francesca is 10, has 2 siblings, lives in Islabon, loves to write but not talk in English, loves chocolate and volleyball, and stares me down till we both giggle every day. We were paired ...
... faces scanning passports and collecting paperwork. Once we got onto our bus, we were able to really appreciate our surroundings. We had stopped at 2 resorts before our own to drop people off so it was a great opportunity to see the city. We arrived at the resort after dark and I was immediately taken back by the beauty of seeing everything lit up. Don't know why it's taken me so long to venture into the world!!!
Many a ...
... It was pretty surreal to see all of these.
Then, we passed by this cabinet of pieces of art Minerva had done while in jail. There was a picture of her daughter next to a bust she had made of her daughter as well. Below this there was a smaller bust and a pair of hands. Below that was a female nude form from the neck down and missing the feet lying on the left side. These latter pieces were of a female friend (whose picture was next to these pieces) ...