Santo Domingo has a rich history, considering it is one of the main countries discovered and colonized by Christopher Columbus. We stayed in the heart of the Colonial District where it is easy to walk and see all the sites. One would find old churches, forts, ruins, art, and beautiful architecture. I learned that the entire area of Santo Domingo once had a wall built around the city and today as you approach those edges you can see the ruins from that time.
|We stopped and watched a movie being filmed|
|This is a Priest that come over and fought for the rights of the Natives|
|One of our favorite snacks, ice cream. This photo is taken in front of the Royal House Museum|
Instead we moved along making our way to Chinatown to have a quick snack. We found a place with giant pork hanging in the window, we quickly went inside and ordered a plate full with a bowl of soup to wash it down. Our bellies full we walked around the city a few more laps working our way back to the hotel. We stopped and took photos of colorful streets, theatre ruins, typical market cars, and other sites. Once back at our hotel I relaxed in the pool and used the wifi. Feeling refreshed I wanted to see a few more sites before dinner. Matt and I made our way back out in the heat for a couple more city laps. Our last stop of the day was the first Cathedral in the New World. We arrived just as they were closing, figures. I did manage to pop my head in and take a look at how stunningly beautiful the building was before being shooed away. Hanging out in the park and watching kids playing with the pigeons it was time to head back to get ready for dinner. On the way home I found a place to eat chocolate and drink coffee while Matt waited for me in the street eating the largest chicharrones I have ever seen.
|Inside the Royal House|
|Art piece outside the Royal House|
|This guy was trying to give me a kiss when I stopped to say hello|
|The best market in town is the one out of someones car|
Afterwards, not ready to call it a night, we decide to check out a place around the corner called Casa Mojitos. Matt and I had stopped at this place when we arrived and had the most amazing tamales I have ever eaten in my life. Everyone ordered a mojito and watched with patience as the bartender took his time to make each one. They were worth the wait!!! We walked to the back courtyard and took a seat in the plastic chairs. It was not long before we all ended up in the bar chatting with the locals and participating in a sing a long to American 80s music. As the night got later we said our good-byes to Asa and Alisa and wished them the best of luck on their journeys.
|This is our hotel, notice the New Orleans vibe|