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  • Welcome to the Dominican Republic width:800;;height:450
  • The landscape of the northern part of the country width:800;;height:450
  • The D.R. is a green coloured country width:800;;height:450
  • We make a trip to Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic width:800;;height:450
  •  On the way we see the city of Santiago in the distance width:800;;height:450
  • Another part of Santiago width:800;;height:450
  • Coffee stop at Jacaranda near Bonao width:800;;height:450
  • Passing the river Rio Yuna width:800;;height:450
  • It is cloudy, but the temperature outside is around 29 degrees C width:800;;height:450
  • Election time for Parliament in the Dominican Republic width:800;;height:450
  • The National Monument in the city centre width:800;;height:450
  • View of a Santo Domingo street width:800;;height:450
  • We are passing a car with a.o. lots of bananas and vegetables width:800;;height:450
  • View of Santo Domingo and the Caribbean Sea width:800;;height:450
  • Monument for the people who killed Rafael Trujillo in1961 (the ruthless dictator of the D.R. from 1930 to 1961) on this spot and were later executed width:800;;height:450
  • Plaque with info and names of the heros width:800;;height:450
  • The Santo Domingo 30 Mayo street along the Caribbean Sea width:800;;height:450
  • View of the other side of the 30 Mayo street width:800;;height:450
  • The Caribbean Sea width:800;;height:450
  • Walking around in the capital city width:800;;height:450
  • The old center width:800;;height:450
  • Cathedral Primada de America built in 1523 width:800;;height:450
  • Visiting this main Cathedral in which Christopher Columbus was burried in 1544. His remains were moved to Faro a Colón in 1992 width:800;;height:450
  • It is first cathedral in gothic style in America; the other churches in the city are in Roman style architecture width:800;;height:450
  • One of the chapels inside the cathedral width:800;;height:450
  • Outside the cathedral vendors are selling rosaries to tourists width:800;;height:450
  • Statue of Christopher Columbus (in Spanish his name was Cristobál Colón)  in the Parque Colón. He discovered America in 1492 width:800;;height:450
  • Another walk in the town centre width:800;;height:450
  • Shopping centre of Santo Domingo width:800;;height:450
  • La Puerta del Conde, entrance to the Parque Independencia width:800;;height:450
  • Visit to Altar de Independencia, the national monument and mausoleum in the city centre width:800;;height:450
  • Inside the statues and grave of founders of the D.R., Duarte, Sanchez and Mella width:800;;height:450
  • The grave monument with the eternal flame width:800;;height:450
  • Another view of the capital width:800;;height:450
  • Old Spanish architecture width:800;;height:450
  • Visit to the Pantéon Nacional, with the tombes of important persons and former presidents of the D.R. width:800;;height:450
  • View inside the Pantéon width:800;;height:450
  • Some of the tombs width:800;;height:450
  • And the eternal flame hall width:800;;height:450
  • Close-up of the eternal flame width:800;;height:450
  • Modern art in the Zona Colonial width:800;;height:450
  • The Santo Domingo harbour width:800;;height:450
  • The old centre of the Zona Colonial and visit to the Casa del Reyes museum width:800;;height:450
  • Inside the Casa del Reyes museum with info about the life of Columbus width:800;;height:450
  • A ship of that time width:800;;height:450
  • Info table of the 7 trips Columbus made to America width:800;;height:450
  • Palanquin for important persons width:800;;height:450
  • Exhibition of old Spanish furniture in various rooms width:800;;height:450
  • Chairs width:800;;height:450
  • The Plaza in front of the Alcazar de Colón width:800;;height:450
  • Alcazar de Colón (now a Museum) built in 1510. It was the residence of Diego Columbus, son of Christopher Columbus width:800;;height:450
  • Furniture inside his house width:800;;height:450
  • One of the bedrooms width:800;;height:450
  • Hall with local instruments of that time  and other furniture width:800;;height:450
  • Kitchen accessories width:800;;height:450
  • View from the window of the Alcazar de Colón on the remains of other buildings width:800;;height:450
  • The high bridges of the Santo Domingo width:800;;height:450
  • View from the Museo Alcazar de Colón towards the Casa del Reyes Museum width:800;;height:450
  • Some more views width:800;;height:450
  • Info-table about the palace of Diego Columbus width:800;;height:450
  • The Santo Domingo harbour width:800;;height:450
  • The Faro a Colón (The Columbus Lighthouse, also a museum), built in 1986 in memory of Christopher Columbus. Since 1992 his remains have been in this mausoleum width:800;;height:450
  • The Mausoleum/Museum  has a length of 210 metres and on the top is a lighthouse width:800;;height:450
  • Waiting at the bus stop for the next bus...... width:800;;height:450
  • Some street views of Santo Domingo width:800;;height:450
  • Another street view in the suburbs width:800;;height:450
  • Again  billboards for the coming elections for parliament width:800;;height:450
  • On our way back to Puerta Plata and Sosúa on the northern side of the island width:800;;height:450
  • Visit to the Brugal rum  brewery in Puerto Plata width:800;;height:450
  • Info table about the history of the Brugal company width:800;;height:450
  • The Brugal-employee giving detailed info about the production of the rum width:800;;height:450
  • The older the rum, the better. White is the newest (1 year) and darkest brown the oldest (15 years) rum..... width:800;;height:450
  • Entering the centre of Puerto Plata with  at right the baseball stadium width:800;;height:450
  • The Palace of Justice of Puerto Plata width:800;;height:450
  • View on the city and the Atlantic Ocean from the hill width:800;;height:450
  • Another view of Puertto Plata, now towards the east of the city width:800;;height:450
  • Streetview width:800;;height:450
  • Some more street views with the towers of the cathedral width:800;;height:450
  • This street needs new field-applied coating...... width:800;;height:450
  • Visit to a cigar-shop, were handmade cigars are produced width:800;;height:450
  • Another street in Puerto Plata. Everywhere in the country there is a lot of garbage in the streets... width:800;;height:450
  • On our way to the cable-car to visit the top of the Puerta Plata mountain, named Isabel de  Torres width:800;;height:450
  • Map of the top of the hill width:800;;height:450
  • The cable-car is arriving... width:800;;height:450
  • View from the cable-car towards Puerto Plata and the Atlantic Ocean width:800;;height:450
  • Welcome on top of the mountain Isabel de Torres width:800;;height:450
  • Beautiful plants and nature width:800;;height:450
  • On top of the mountain I am holding a Christ statue on my hand....... width:800;;height:450
  • Walking around width:800;;height:450
  • Visiting the secret cave on the mountain, where the local Indians were hiding for the Spanish soldiers in the 15th century. If the locals were found, they would be killed..... width:800;;height:450
  • Small local house on the hill to show the way of life in the past width:800;;height:450
  • Beautiful view from the hill towards Puerta Plata and the coastline width:800;;height:450
  • Close-up view of the city and the harbour width:800;;height:450
  • Some more views of my visit to the city width:800;;height:450
  • The Puerto Plata city hall (yellow building) width:800;;height:450
  • The main square of Puerto Plata width:800;;height:450
  • Some more views from the central square width:800;;height:450
  • The Roman-Catholic Cathedral width:800;;height:450
  • Inside the cathedral width:800;;height:450
  • Nice stained glass windows of Saints, being a gift to the church from rich local people width:800;;height:450
  • Walking around and admiring the local houses width:800;;height:450
  • Another view of the city hall width:800;;height:450
  • The Puerta Plaza fire station in white and red colours. width:800;;height:450
  • Visit to La Puntilla de Malécon width:800;;height:450
  • Fortaleza de San Felipe is a historic Spanish fortress in Puerto Plata. The building of the fort was finished in 1577 width:800;;height:450
  • Another old building and lighthouse opposite the fort width:800;;height:450
  • On our way to the mountains and the waterfalls in the north west of the country width:800;;height:450
  • Landscape as seen from the open truck we are travelling with width:800;;height:450
  • After some time of driving the roads are getting bad...... width:800;;height:450
  • Beautiful views at a height of 2500 metres width:800;;height:450
  • Poultry walking around freely along the road width:800;;height:450
  • A very big spider walking on the hand..... width:800;;height:450
  • We see a.o. Cocoa plants width:800;;height:450
  • And of course also cattle along the road width:800;;height:450
  • Visit to a small village width:800;;height:450
  • Local house on the hills width:800;;height:450
  • Some more houses of a village width:800;;height:450
  • Time for a local Dominican black coffee in a local restaurant.... width:800;;height:450
  • Washing day.... width:800;;height:450
  • Via a small road walking towards the waterfalls width:800;;height:450
  • After a 45 minutes walk we see the waterfalls width:800;;height:450
  • This waterfall has 12 plateaus, this is downstairs (the lowest one). width:800;;height:450
  • No hurried life here..... width:800;;height:450
  • After the visit to the falls driving back to our resort via Puerto Plata width:800;;height:450
  • The Puerto Plata boulevard with a statue of Neptune on the small island in the ocean width:800;;height:450
  • Back in our resort and relaxing during the last days of our stay width:800;;height:450
  • One of the various beaches of the resort width:800;;height:450
  • Some other relax spots with view of the Puerto Plata mountain in the distance width:800;;height:450
  • Another view of the Atlantic Ocean width:800;;height:450
  • Another part of the beach near the resort width:800;;height:450
  • Some more views of the resort at Sosúa width:800;;height:450
  • With various nice swimming pools width:800;;height:450
  • View of another swimming pool, some of the appartments and the clock tower width:800;;height:450
  • Jewish museum of Sosúa. The town of Sosúa was founded in 1940 by Jewish refugees width:800;;height:450
  • The Synagogue of Sosúa width:800;;height:450
  • Baseball match in the local stadium of Sosúa width:800;;height:450
  • Street in Sosúa width:800;;height:450
  • Another street width:800;;height:450
  • Lots of billboards everywhere width:800;;height:450
  • And many noisy motorbikes in Sosúa width:800;;height:450
  • The local police-station of the town width:800;;height:450
  • The main road in Sosúa, leading from Cabarete to Puerto Plata width:800;;height:450
  • At the right the small central plaza of Sosúa. width:800;;height:450
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