Cigars and interesting art colony

Trip Start Jan 01, 2014
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What I did
Largest cigar factory in the world

Flag of Dominican Republic  ,
Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Map of Dominican Republic: La Romana & Casa de Campo
 
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JAN 10, La Romana: This is the only cruise line optional tour Alexander and I participated in on this trip, and at $55, it was a bargain.   Another thing I liked about this optional tour is that they used minivans for 15 passengers rather than busses with 50.   

Our first stop was the Tabacalera de Garcia cigar factory, the world's biggest.   They employ 4,700 workers, and produce 1 to 1.2 million cigars every week.  TdeG was established in 1971 when Fidel Castro took over Cuba, and the US embargo ceased trade with Cuba.  The Garcia families came to the Dominican Republic which owned the H. Upmann cigar factory, makers of the famous Montecristo.

After the cigar factory tour, we headed towards the resort area of La Ramona where they also have an art colony where we spent the rest of the morning.

So, on with the show! 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
    
  
 
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That evening, our wine group had dinner at the specialty Italian restaurant, Toscana.  I, ofcoarse, had my usual favorite, the ossobucco.    

 
 
   
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