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Old 07-22-2019, 06:43 PM
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Chef Pepper

A Dominican chain with many locations in Santo Domingo and inland. There is even a location in Bávaro in the far east. They concentrate on American fast food with a Dominican twist, but their products have a very good taste, especially their burgers, and explains their success. Most of their locations was built by them and looks like this. They also deliver in black motorcycles to any home, office, or business in many areas.


One of the locations, this one on avenida Sarasota.
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Old 07-23-2019, 05:04 AM
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Malecón de Santo Domingo

The Malecón de Santo Domingo is formally known as avenida George Washington. It is a drive along the Caribbean Sea that is lined with two lines of the Sabal Dominguesis, native to the island of Santo Domingo and taken to all the tropical and sub-tropical parts of the globe. Very recently the drive was completely redone and re-inaugurated that even includes new light fixtures, though as of right now there are photos of only a part of the avenue as it looks right now. While there are many cities in Latin America with a malecón, not a single one looks like Santo Domingo. Along the drive are many luxury hotels, apartment buildings, restaurants, monuments and statues, a hashtag of the malecón that people can take a photo with, and other things. Periodically parts of the malecón is closed for several open air events, including the New Year concert and extravaganza that also includes fireworks. The historic Fuerte de San Gerónimo existed along the coast several kilometers from the city, but that fort was dismantled in the XX Century. The base is still visible as ruins in part of the malecón. In Malecón Center is a statue by the Colombian artist Botero, celebrating plus size people. Many people jog and walk on the malecón in the mornings and evenings. During the evenings many people, lovers, families, etc stroll and/or sit and enjoy the scene on the malecón while enjoying the sea breeze that hits the city from the Caribbean Sea. When there are storms close by the sea gets very active, spraying several parts of the malecón as the rough sea hits the coastline of the city. It doesn’t appear in the early morning photos, but the sea actually has many hues of blue and aqua marine colors along the drive.











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Old 07-23-2019, 09:41 AM
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Vehicle Brands in the Dominican Republic

One thing that will jump to anyone visiting the Dominican Republic is the variety of vehicle makes that is sold there. Used car is also allowed (there are some Latin American countries where used car dealerships are banned), but the following dealerships focus on new vehicles in Santo Domingo. Many vehicle makes have multiple outlets in the city and in the rest of the country plus other distributors, despite that importers is limited to one family per make or several makes are imported by one family. For example, the Barletta family of Santo Domingo has the imported right of all new Nissan, Suzuki, Infiniti, Chevrolet, etc into the DR. The same family has the only right to import Nissan and Kia into Puerto Rico. In fact, that was the first family outside of the USA to get the right of selling new Chevrolet vehicles in the DR and in Cuba. The Barletta family arrived at Santo Domingo in the early XX Century from Italy. The head of the family was Amadeo Barletta, consul of Italy in the Dominican Republic.

These are only a small sample of the vehicle makes. Some makes only has dealership in a few Latin American countries (Maserati, Bentley, etc). The DR is leader in some makes for Latin America (for example, number one Porsche dealership when size of the market is taken into account, Maserati quota for the country is met every single year, one of the top market for Mercedes-Benz in Latin America, etc).

Sometimes a place could be across the street and you decide to go walking. A weird car make would stop at the traffic light that leaves you wondering who makes this stuff. lol For example, there are many Ssang Yong SUVs there and it turns out they are made in South Korea. Who knew?!


Jeep, Chrysler, Isuzu, Dodge


BMW and Mini


Citröen


Skoda


Toyota


Maserati


Nissan


Renault


Volvo


Mercedes-Benz


Porsche


Hyundai


Bentley


Lexus

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Old 07-23-2019, 05:34 PM
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Parque Ambiental José Núñez de Cáceres

This park used to be a mosquito infested lagoon and the government drain the lagoon and built a beautiful park. There are some sculptures done by Dominican artists. It also has a massive fountain that when it has water looks very nice and covers the center of the park. It also has a bike lane that goes around the park. The northern sidewalk and part of the street was broken into to fix a utility in the area, which is why it looks like that in the photos. In the evenings many people enjoy the park.













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Old 07-23-2019, 07:39 PM
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Casa de la Moneda

The New World's mint where the coins were made was in La Vega, but Santo Domingo's coin mint was the second one in the entire hemisphere. Today the building is private, but it still conserves the coin freeze around the main door. Even the staircase is original. Coins made of gold, silver, and copper with the Spanish King's coat of arms used to be minted here 100 years before the English settled on Jamestown, Virginia (the first English town in the thirteen colonies that would later become the USA). The colonial house next to it is for sale.

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Old 07-23-2019, 07:58 PM
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La Ceiba de Cristóbal Colón

This is the trunk of the Silk-Cotton tree that Christopher Columbus used to tie his galleons when coming to Santo Domingo, which was his main destination in the Americas after the city was founded. The tree lived from before Christopher Columbus all the way to the 1920's when it finally dried and died. Right next is another tree that was planted at that time from the original tree of Christopher Columbus. I wonder for how many centuries it will live.




Photo when the Ceiba de Colón was still alive. Little did anyone know that at that time the tree was nearing its final days. (Imagenes de nuestra historia)
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Old 07-24-2019, 08:09 AM
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Fortaleza Ozama

The oldest fortress in the New World is actually in Puerto Plata on the north coast (takes about 4 hours to drive there from Santo Domingo), but Fortaleza Ozama is the second oldest fortress in the Americas. The fortress protects Santo Domingo and is where the Ozama River meets the Caribbean Sea. Ozama means deep water in the Taino language, the only name the river had in all times. Currently it's a museum and certain events are held here too. Inside among other structures is the Torre del Homenaje. Diego Colón, the son of Christopher Columbus, was briefly held in the prison here. It is the only Medieval structure built by the Spanish in the New World. It was a prison until 50 year ago when it became part of the museum. All the powers that took over Santo Domingo fly their flags on top.

Photos are from Google Street View.



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Old 07-24-2019, 11:02 AM
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Museo Infantil Trampolín - Casa de Bastidas

A children museum set up here with very nice expositions, but the building itself is called Casa de Bastidas and is the house of Rodrigo de Bastidas. Among other things he founded Santa Marta, Colombia, the first European town in South America. He is buried in Santo Domingo's main cathedral. The building also has an inner courtyard, statues, and other stuff. The mansion is big but single floor.

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Old 07-24-2019, 04:38 PM
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Pizzarelli, 3 Mariachis, and Mustard’s

These are three Dominican chains created by the Bonarelli family. They were originally from Italy and settled in Santo Domingo. The Dominican Republic has the largest Italian community in the Caribbean and a large chunk of Santo Domingo's Italian-Dominican community originated in Santo Domenica di Talao in southern Italy. Tradition says that when some people decided they were migrating to the American continent, they look on a map and decided to settle in Santo Domingo, the Spanish version of Santo Domenica in Italian. That Italian town saw people return on vacation and they too wanted to immigrate to Santo Domingo. Now there are more descendants of Santo Domenica di Talao living in the DR than there are people living in the southern Italian town. This is not the case of the Bonarelli family, but I remember of that anecdote. All three chains is grouped in the Grupo Bona company. Pizzarelli focuses on Italian foods, Mustard’s on American foods, and 3 Mariachis on Mexican foods. They have many places in Santo Domingo and elsewhere in the Dominican Republic, but this location has all three in one place. It also has a fun statue in front which is a good place to take a few photos.








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Old 07-25-2019, 11:52 AM
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Ruinas Convento de San Francisco

This was the first Franciscan convent in the Americas and consider to be one of the most beautiful convents in the hemisphere. A Spanish conquistador was buried near its main door. It also had a large church on its ground. Much of the building came crashing down when the French authorities put canons on its roof, causing it to collapse when 3 or 4 canons was shot from there to the outer walls to protect the city from Dessalines and his invading forces. With time other walls of the convent slowly collapse as well. Today it's still conserve the main entrance to the church and a second entrance. Where the church was is also clearly depicted in the ruins. A few years ago a famous Spanish architect created for the Dominican government an architectural savings t the runs, but the Dominican people were not happy about that. Most claim that the new modern structure that was going to be built incorporating the ruins completely change the scene in that area. In the end the Dominican government desisted of the plan. At the main door of the ruins and all around the frontal street and neighboring buildings it's held free concerts several times a year where Dominicans congregate in open air, dance, eat, etc during the nights. The live music is mostly Dominican, Puerto Rican, and Cuban.



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