While Miami was under the beginning of a cold snap (for it) and I froze for several hours in the air conditioning at the airport, I was dressed for the absolutely perfect weather in the DR and on the drive to the hotel along the coast highway, I felt perfectly at peace about being here in Santo Domingo.
It was a bit disconcerting driving through a rather run-down area of the Colonial Zone to get to the hotel. However, when we turned down Calle Duarte the hotel was right there and looked exactly as advertised. Inside were the 16’ high ceilings with the dark beams, wrought-iron chandeliers, the quaint little open courtyards separating the small groups of rooms, and the high French doors protected by wrought iron scrollwork.
After unpacking I sought out the restaurant area (Taberna Don Quiiote) and the pool on the 4th floor and then I headed out to explore the street mall, El Conde. It is a delightful mix of tourist shops, cafés, street art, street entertainers, architecturally interesting buildings, outdoor restaurants, and a park in the middle of a square. I’m not sure how I feel about the formally dressed young man standing on a pedestal as a work of art with a jug in front for tips. The restaurants on the edge of Parque Colôn offer breakfast for $500 DR pesos (about $4.USD) so I will probably head there most mornings.
The Internet here has been rather intermittent this evening so I’m not confident I’ll be able to post every evening as previously done. I’ll have to play that by ear. I was able to pick up a Croque Monsieur and a Coke (for about $3) and took it up poolside to enjoy the cool and work on my blog. Didn’t work out as planned since I couldn’t get the Internet.
Tomorrow I’ll explore more of the Colonial Zone and try to pick up some information about a couple of places I may want to visit. Maybe I’ll get a rest and a swim in during the afternoon. I’ve been on the go 8 days and we lost an hour today so the plan is to take it easy. Cheers from Santo Domingo.