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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 ...
... br> the Jewish refugees who settled there.
Trujillo’s willingness to take in Jewish refugees shouldn’t
suggest he was some kind of benevolent despot or humanitarian. He was
apparently very racist and hoped European immigrants would helped whiten his
country, and his invitation came within years of his 1937 ordering a genocide of
Haitians in the border region, a brutal affair known as the Parsley ...
Running on the beach in 30 degrees heat and 90% humidity is hard work!!!
I ran barefoot once, sprint training in the soft sand...it was a mistake as all of my toes blistered.
I can only run on the weekend and it is tough running on the sand but I am glad that I can run ...
... Republic was a visionary that helped DR gain it's Independence from Haitian rule in 1844. He also, has the highest mountain in the Caribbean, Pico Duarte named in his honor along with the famous Juan Pablo Duarte Square in New York. So every time I told someone my last name, they gave me this funny look and propped up never asking, but just assuming...This was very interesting...
So back to my trip....
... 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 ...