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Dominican Republic 🇩🇴

This is a post from a while back. I am reposting because the Dominican People need our help. Many of you now know how the Stories from several months ago were inaccurate. If you want to read the truth for your own peace of mind visit travfacts.org Many of the people lost their Jobs as the Tourism dwindled. Tourism is the main source of Income and has a major effect on the economy.

I love to visit new places and people and learn first hand about other cultures. Traveling by cruise ship is a simple way to do this. Many may choose the candy coated version but I like to venture out and see things for what they are.

If you like jewelry Amber and Larimar are both very prevalent here. There are museums dedicated to them.


With that in mind it surprises me how many people choose here to visit for long vacations. I found the majority of people we interacted with unfriendly and not wanting to bother with tourists.

We still enjoyed our time, the first day at a resort being pampered on the beach. If you never left this little bit of paradise your golden.

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The following day we visited La Romana this area exists because of shell oil and Paramount Pictures. Several movies have been filmed here along the river , Rambo , Predator , Anaconda and more.

Also overlooking the Charon River is the Village of Altos de Chavon with many cobblestone pathways leading to the Archeological Museum , and The Famous School of Design. The Church of St. Stanislaus Consecrated in 1979 Pope John Paul II sent the ashes of Poland’s patron saint, St. Stanislaus , and a hand carved statue to commemorate the church’s inauguration .

Many famous movie stars have been married here as well as held there receptions in the courtyard.

The Amphitheater, inaugurated in 1982 by Frank Sinatra has since hosted dozens of famous performers such as Sting, Elton John, Marc Anthony , Andrea Bocelli, Julio Iglesias and many more. Today this theatre is still a very important part December 30th, 2016 Enrique Iglesias performs.

Next we continue on to Bonaire and the salt flats. This was a very beautiful view from the ship with clear blue waters and colorful surroundings. During our journey, especially when we find a location we may want to return to , we asked about the crime among other things. We were told the crime is relatively low (relative to what I wonder as all of the businesses had bars on their windows.)

BONAIRE

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What’s next ?

Media, Social or Secluded ?

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Sorry for the slightly off topic ranting.
I know in the past I often say how I love Seattle, today reality may be setting in, I probably couldn’t live there full time. It has been very rainy so far this Season, leading to depression everywhere. Actually Seattle gets less rain on average than we do here in Upstate NY. They get a bad rap as the Rainy City.
My normal working day consists of getting coffee and watching The Today Show as I slowly come to life. Since The Today Show goes on for a few hours I watch as I am working. Steals and Deals is one of my favorite parts , I try not to actually buy anything. As a fellow New Yorker it is my duty to see what people think is News and what my next hurtle is from the Media Circus regarding Travel Deals or Nightmares that I can expect to impact my day.
As a Dream Maker/Travel Planner , I offer actual support to my clients before and throughout their Journey. There is a good reason not to buy your Travel from the same place you find Toilet Paper. It is always a challenge to acquire reliable new clients. In today’s ever changing media world , Newspapers, Bulletin Boards , Radio and even email are not as common. The problem with email is we all receive so much junk that we throw away the bad with the good for lack of time to sort through. The normal advertising outlet has become Facebook or Instagram.  If I still lived in Florida I could always have a Banner made and pulled behind a Plane to advertise my business.

Personally I get annoyed when I find interesting things to do that happened last week. I always pick RECENT to search first and it’s still old news. Now it has come to the attention of some that we are actually NON Social due to Social Overload. All tools have their uses and limits. Most of us are guilty of being tied to our phone. In a society that works 24/7 and expects the same of others , we have created our own problem. 

The point being that there are now Cell Phones for limiting Social Exposure. The phone is to actually Talk or Text , according to the promoters on Today. Someone is getting rich reinventing the wheel. Before you know it people will want to grow things and raise their own food. Oh, wait… live off the grid. 


As the saying goes “Everything Old is New again” or ” Take time to smell the Roses” and we still do not learn from our mistakes.

 

14 Countries on the US State Department’s ‘Do Not Travel’ List

Athens

The Acroplois

We stayed at The Divani Acropolis Hotel which is located downtown, about a ten minute walk to the Acropolis Museum and many great restaurants and shops.

Many of these spectacular treasures are visible from the city. Pictured above in the night sky ” The Acropolis”.

Our first full day we headed to the Parthenon , Acropolis and Temple of Athena Nike which are some of my favorites from Greek Mythology. I also loved drawing these ruins in Art class. It was exciting just driving through the city and seeing these in the distance.

I was truly in awe my first steps up to these masterpieces.

Step into History

Many of the treasured sculptures and Antiquities that have been saved are in the Acropolis Museum and other Museums through out the Country side.

This evening we were treated to our first of many Authentic Greek Meals.

After a short bus ride and fairly long walk through the streets of Psiri where there are many cafes and Restaurants before we arrived at Lithos.

The Travel Saga Continues

Fast forward a week prior to take off. It’s a good thing I am a Travel Planner as well as OCD when it comes to potential flight issues.

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I logged on to United to pay for my luggage ( a connecting flight getting us to Newark so I didn’t have to stress about driving there ) at which time I discover my direct flight of 45 minutes is suddenly a 4 Hr flight to DC arriving at Midnight after my Departure flight to Athens.

I discovered my original flight had been cancelled and they re-booked me with No notice of any kind. No call to see if this new flight would work, No email to say “hey you need to arrive 8 hours earlier than you planned”. No text to say “oh by the way you now have to take an additional day off of work”. After being on the phone over two and a half hours I had a different flight that also left us with additional time in Newark. Who doesn’t want to sit ten plus hours in the Airport with no apology , excuse or attempt to make up for the inconvenience.

We arrive at Albany for the flight as we also get a text to say our flight was delayed 1 1/2 hours . We parked the car and dropped off our bags and suddenly another text and additional delay . Finally several hours later we are on the plane as the Pilot says we are going to be sitting there for another hour or so partly due to another plane being delayed and also a small technical issue with the planes gps.

Yes by now I am disgusted especially since we have a few United Pilots flying to Newark with us that proceed to blame the ( Non United Crew that is in control of our plane) This is just becoming a normal part of all our Journeys. It seems every trip we have taken over the last several years starts with a peculiar issue . We sit thinking to ourselves hmmm… is someone trying to tell us to stay home?

Occassionally this continues but we always manage to have a wonderful adventure.

Todays Olympic Stadium downtown Athens

Our overnight flight went by so quickly even with the overflowing bathrooms that soaked the floor in front of us. For future reference , Pepsi doubles as a clog remover.

We arrive at Athens International Airport , which is about forty-five minutes away by Taxi to our hotel in Downtown. The city of Athens is home to over 5 million people. Along the way we see a few of the sites and street art that we call graffiti. Greece to be continued….

#Charleston continued 

There are many other things to see in Charleston just a short drive away. One very old treasure is the Angel Oak (Quercus Virginiana) It is estimated to be between 300 and 400 years old. Named after it’s previous owners Justis and Martha Angel it is 65′ in height and 25.5′ in diameter the longest limb is 89′ long and 11.25′ in diameter.  

There are many Plantations that you can tour as well, we chose the Tea Plantation. For many generations the Bigelow Family has run the plantation. 

Only the fresh new growth that springs from the tips of these hedge type plants is harvested and then dried to make the various types of tea. 


If you like alcohol, Firefly Distillery is just a few mile down the road . Don’t expect a free sample or any type of tour you can taste for a small fee. 

If you need a nice place to stay while in town the choices are only limited by your budget. 

Charlestown …. Continued 

Your virtual ride through the streets of historical Charleston .
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Charleston

 

Charleston, an old city with lots of history not all pretty. This is the beginning in a short series, more to follow next week. One way to quickly learn and see many things Downtown is by Horse Drawn Carriage.

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I prefer The Palmetto Company , their animals are treated well and their drivers are knowledgeable. Because of the City Regulations , only a certain number of Carriages are allowed on the street at any given time. In order to keep this fair between the companies a type of lottery system is used, that also designates the route the carriage will take.

No matter where you are taken you will certainly find places to return to on your own time. We walked all over the city and the waterfront area also known as The Battery is pretty with a large fountain and pier to walk along. image image

The dark side of the city encourages people to seek out ghostly adventures, we toured the Old City Jail, it became out dated over the years and was extremely overcrowded. image  image There are Ghost Walks, Graveyard Tours and many Culinary Tours.

Another favorite it The Old City  Market now selling a large variety of wares, the best being hand crafted items such as seagrass baskets. The Confederate Museum Built in 1841 and is housed above The City Market.

 

The Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon also known as the Custom House was opened in 1767 it housed prisoners in the Dungeon under horrible conditions.


Another important piece of History is The Powder Magazine where all the gun powder was stored ( except for a short time when it was hidden behind a false wall in the Provost Dungeon)

If you are looking for a place to stay there are many places on the outer edge of town that offer transportation into the city. Downtown has several Bed & Breakfasts or other High End Hotels if cost is not an issue.

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