Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Children are the same everywhere. I resisted this time. Too close to lunch :-).

Certainly tempting on a hot day in Santo Domingo. A dutch treat :-)

At more than +30C, it was hard for me to imagine Christmas season was upon us.. Here, a fancy Coca-Cola Christmas tree is being erected to celebrate the season : Plaza de Espana, Colonial Zone, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

A sign of Christmas season in the Plaza de Espana, Colonial Zone, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

A few more views of the Alcazar de Colon (Palacio de Diego Colon), Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and surroundings as our group headed off for lunch and I had to catch up.

Alcazar de Colon (Palacio de Diego Colon), Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic Looking out on the exterior courtyard.  Alcazar de Colon (Palacio de Diego Colon), Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Alcazar de Colon (Palacio de Diego Colon), Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic Alcazar de Colon (Palacio de Diego Colon), Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

We drove around a bit before arriving at our restaurant before stopping for our mid-day meal at Al Canuco. Didn’t look too promising from the outside but pretty colourful inside and food was fine. Our buffet ‘dining area’ was off to the right of this photo.

Our restaurant stop in Santo Domingo

After lunch, the group headed off to the Basilica Catedral Metropolitana Santa Maria de la Encarnacion. I chuckled a bit when I saw that the Hard Rock Cafe had a prime location across the street from this Cathedral.

Columbus Park in front of the Basilica Catedral Metropolitana Santa Maria de la Encarnacion

Columbus Square with the statue to Columbus in the foreground and the Cathedral Metropolitana Santa María de la Encarnación (Basilica Catedral Santa Maria Dela Encarnación) in the background. With construction dating back to the 1540’s, this cathedral in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic is the first cathedral constructed in the Americas.

Columbus Square with statue to Columbus and, in the background,  Cathedral Metropolitana Santa María de la Encarnación (Basilica Catedral Santa Maria Dela Encarnación)

Columbus Monument Plaque

Cathedral Metropolitana Santa María de la Encarnación (Basilica Catedral Santa Maria Dela Encarnación)

Cathedral Metropolitana Santa María de la Encarnación (Basilica Catedral Santa Maria Dela Encarnación)

Cathedral Metropolitana Santa María de la Encarnación (Basilica Catedral Santa Maria Dela Encarnación)

Cathedral Metropolitana Santa María de la Encarnación (Basilica Catedral Santa Maria Dela Encarnación)

Get your ice cold beverages here! Well, maybe not ice cold, but lots of choice :-).

Get your Ice Cold Beverages Here!

Street Vendor - Beverages

Street scene - Colonial Zone, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

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