Now, that clothes are in the washing machine, summer lotion in the bathroom cabinet and honeymoon photos downloaded I am ready to draw some lines and look back with both happiness and gloom.
You already know from a quick post that we had a stopover in Madrid and a day and night to prepare for the 8 hours flight over the Atlantic Ocean. Yes! This long it takes to get to the Dominican Republic, more specific to the wonderful beaches of Punta Cana. (As we discovered later the name comes from a palm tree called Cana. And this point (punta) is the only part of the island where it grows.)
The flight over the Atlantic exhausting! Not as much for the time we had to stay in that not-the-most-comfortable chair for that long but for the unfinished and excruciating crying of 2 children. I would definitely ban children on airplanes!!
Thousands of miles later we landed on Punta Cana Airport. A hot and wet summer air punched us in the face as we got out of the plane and walked (yes! walked!) from the airplane to the check-in point. Music and dancers approached us as we entered and dressed-up girls for taking photos. It looked promising! 30 minutes later we were on the bus, on the way to the resort. Very well organized and very quick!
Around 10 in the evening, local time, we entered our room, which was decorated especially for us, honeymooners. After some minutes of great excitement and a long hot shower we fall in the most wonderful dreams.
The morning after, we could not realize how far from home we were and what wonders we were about to discover the next days.
(natural air conditioning)
Destination: up! up! up!
(ready, steady, gooo!)
We got to see the famous Higuey Basilica.
The Basilica Nuestra Señora de la Altagracia, also known as Higuey Basilica, in the Dominican Republic, is more than a religious temple. Because of its unique, avant-garde construction, it is one of the most important architectural works in this predominately Catholic nation.
The Higuey Basilica represents the holy place of the spiritual mother of the Dominicans, Our Lady Of Altagracia. Thousands visit the site on Altagracia Day, (January 21) each year to celebrate the Sabana Battle, a Dominican victory over the French on January 21, 1691. In honor of the battle, the Higuey Basilica was officially inaugurated on January 21, 1971.
(The Dominican Republic is 95.2% Christian, including 88.6% Roman Catholic and 4.2% Protestant)
(he could not decide whether to take the boat on the bike, or the bike on the boat. He made a wise decision :))
(my Dominican friend, Rosa, saying good-bye and goofing around)
(we left The Princess and had a little walk in jungle till the bus)
(Ron Brugal - the Dominican pride)
(a short passing through the city. Motorbikes are the main attraction of the locals)
(Never seen as many as in the Dominican Republic)
(other Dominican pride)
(back to our resort)
(Latins are not shy at all. God! How they can move those hips...)
(little creatures from the ocean)
(the last supper :D)