We stayed on a couple of days in Puerto
Plata after Cassandra's parents visit. We made friends with local
brothers Julio and Victor who kindly offered to show us around the
area. We ascended Mount Isabelle del Torres on the old Teleferico
and enjoyed the spectacular views from on high. The Dominican
Republic (DR) has a mountainous jungle topography, in stark contrast
to the flat barren Bahamas. Then we went for BBQ chicken lunch,
frozen yogurt in the central park (remember Yogen Früz)
and finally a huge re-provisioning at a big super market. It was
really nice getting to know these guys and getting a local tour.
Thanks Julio & Victor!
Thursday was the DR's national
independence day and a special Carnival was held in each city. We
took a taxi to the malecon (main boulevard) and enjoyed the
festivities. Costumed groups of dancers paraded for crowds lining the
malecon, stopping for a full performance at the revue stand where
they were judged and scored by the Carnival's king & queen. We
sampled a wide variety of street food; raw sugar cane, chipped ice,
cheese patties, wiener on a stick, popcorn. After the parade ended,
in search of the Yogen Fruz again, we walked back up to the central
park where the children's festival was still in full swing.
|Cassy gets some alone time|
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