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Old 08-04-2019, 05:15 PM
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Today is the 523 anniversary of the founding of Santo Domingo.

4th of August of 1496 - 4th of August of 2019


Bartholomew Columbus, brother of Christopher Columbus, founded Santo Domingo on the bank of the Ozama River. Today Santo Domingo is the largest city in the Caribbean and one of a handful of important centers in Central America & the Caribbean region. During the first half of the 1500s Santo Domingo was the richest and most important city in the Western Hemisphere and in the Spanish Empire. This city was granted by the King of Spain the most elaborate coat of arms of any city in Spanish America and the third city in all of Spain, first in the Americas, to have its own Audiencia Real. At its most glorious point encompassed most islands in the Caribbean, the Florida Peninsula, and parts of Central and South America. Santo Domingo was prevented by the Constitución de Cadíz from being subjected to Puerto Rico solely for being the first city founded by Spaniards in the New World (https://pixels.com/featured/bartholo...4-granger.html)


Bust of Bartholomew Columbus in Santo Domingo.




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Old 08-04-2019, 07:40 PM
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Coliseo Gallístico Arturo Bonetti Burgos

The Spanish brought all the chickens and the roosters to the island, and also introduced the sport of cockfighting. This is still a popular sport of men in all Dominican social classes and is present in many Caribbean and Latin American societies, including Puerto Rico. In Spain it has been outlawed except in the Canary Islands and some areas of Andalusia. Every Dominican town and city has a coliseo gallístico and Santo Domingo has several. At the Coliseo Gallístico Arturo Bonetti Burgos, also known as Coliseo Gallístico de Santo Domingo, there is air conditioning. International tournaments are held and many Puerto Ricans, Cubans, and other Latin American countries where this is still legal participate.





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Old 08-05-2019, 03:42 PM
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Barloa Restaurant

Very nice and good tasting restaurant. It focuses on Japanese cuisine.

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Old 08-05-2019, 03:52 PM
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Arte San Ramón

It has an exposition of modern Dominican art that changes through out the year. On the same premises its also a store of furniture, art, and other stuff for the home.

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Old 08-05-2019, 04:15 PM
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Wines in Santo Domingo

The island of Santo Domingo is where the first winery and wines was made in the New World. Despite this, wine isn't an industry in the DR. There is just one winery on the coast near Azua, on the same Ocoa Bay the first winery was created many centuries ago. The only wine made in the Dominican Republic is Ocoa and grown in this winery, which also have a tasting area for visitors. The winery and wine was created a few years ago.

Most wines consumed in the DR is mostly from Chile and Spain, which is available in the major supermarkets nationwide. In more expensive hotels & resorts the option of wine is much greater than in more cheaper hotels, though the really cheap ones don't offer this. If a person needs a greater selection of wines from around the world, including wines from California, Santo Domingo has several places. The three that I like the most are the following.


Ocoa is the only wine made in the DR and the Caribbean. The winery can be visited on Ocoa Bay, a few hours from Santo Domingo. https://ocoabay.com.do/sobre-ocoabay/


Cava Alta has a good selection.


Enóteca is another one with a good selection.


El Catador is my favorite place to buy wine and it has a good selection. They have several locations in Santo Domingo and I really like the ambiance.

The following are inside images of El Catador.







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Old 08-06-2019, 09:31 AM
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At 13 minutes this guy explains why he moved to Santo Domingo from his native Venezuela. Originally he was moving to Spain, but on the last minute he changed his route and decided to discover the DR instead. At first it was a vacation, but then he liked it and decided to move. He says he was never sure why in the last minute he changed his original plan to go to Spain and discover the DR instead. He visited the DR in 2002, then return to Caracas to renounce from the company he worked for and moved to the DR. This was before Venezuelans left en masse from their country and Venezuela itself was economically melting down.

The video is in Spanish.

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Old 08-06-2019, 11:17 AM
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CODAV: The Dominican Art Gallery

CODAV stands for Colegio Dominicano de Artes Visuales. It's an organization center and an art gallery open to the public.

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Old 08-06-2019, 06:27 PM
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Nipau

Nipau is a popular restaurant in Santo Domingo. It focuses on Mediterranean cuisines, particularly Italian and Spanish.




The chef of this restaurant is Nicolás Frigerio (the other older guy is a Dominican chef that started in the USA and then moved back to Santo Domingo to put his own restaurant). He was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and was asked to check out the DR. At first he went to Juan Dolio, outside of San Pedro, then moved to Santo Domingo and decided to stay. Now he is the main chef in Nipau.

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Old 08-07-2019, 08:08 AM
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Plazoleta Jesús Mío

The My Jesus Plaza has a statue of Jesus Christ as its main aspect. The Dominican population has a Christian majority, with Catholicism and Protestantism being the largest dominations. The DR also has the Catholic Church as its official religion and all Catholic churches are maintained by the government. The DR also has freedom of religion with minorities of Judaism, Muslim, and other organized religion. A sizable minority claims to be agnostic or athiest.



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Cockfighting is very popular in parts of Central America but I have never seen a stadium or coliseo for it like that.

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Coliseo Gallístico Arturo Bonetti Burgos

The Spanish brought all the chickens and the roosters to the island, and also introduced the sport of cockfighting. This is still a popular sport of men in all Dominican social classes and is present in many Caribbean and Latin American societies, including Puerto Rico. In Spain it has been outlawed except in the Canary Islands and some areas of Andalusia. Every Dominican town and city has a coliseo gallístico and Santo Domingo has several. At the Coliseo Gallístico Arturo Bonetti Burgos, also known as Coliseo Gallístico de Santo Domingo, there is air conditioning. International tournaments are held and many Puerto Ricans, Cubans, and other Latin American countries where this is still legal participate.





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