Friday, December 28, 2012

Casa; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Colonial Zone and Tres Ojos

Backing up a few steps, before Ward's blessing and before the Catmull's arrival we checked out Santo Domingo a bit.

On Sunday, after church, we went down to the Colonial Zone and checked things out.  There is a lot of history there with Christopher Columbus, and his son, and I wasn't aware of any of it.





Apparently, Christopher Colombus walked on this bridge...I can't prove it, but a plaque told me it is true:




We took a tour, and the kids with their headphones were killer cute:





One look at this staircase and Mag's decided we were in a castle, she was hooked:


Ward in the Colonial Zone:



Same 'ole, same 'ole for him.

While in Santo Domingo we also visited Tres Ojos or Three Eyes.  It was a super cool "open air" cave.  I have super cave panic, but Tres Ojos was tame enough for even me.  And the kids.








In the cave, there is this crazy little raft-boat you can take across the water.  I honestly don't know how the thing was floating.  It was pretty dark down there, but the wobbling was distinctive.




The iffy boat ride was worth it though...this was on the other side:



Amazing.

I should mention, Wardie got a much better ride than usual on this outing:


Kind of a dorky looking hat though.

Up above the cave there was a park with the coolest statues.  Eric must have liked them, because I found pictures of each and every one on the camera:













Ok, maybe not all of them, but you get the idea.  They were cool.

And that's a wrap for Santo Domingo.  Up next, Puerto Plata.

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