Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

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Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

The “Zona Colonial” (or colonial zone) of Santo Domingo is enchanting. The area is rich with history because these buildings were the first European structures in the New World.

We stayed at Hostal de Ovando, which was the first governor’s residence. It’s in the center of Zona Colonial. I would highly recommend this hotel for anyone traveling to Santo Domingo. Stepping outside is like stepping back in time. We loved strolling the streets and gazing at the ancient structures.

Summer snd Chanel left the next morning, so I headed to the Museum of Contemporary Art. My favorite exhibition featured Clara Ledesma. It’s interesting to view a gallery without being able to read information about the artist, but I love her lyrical paintings that predominantly feature women. Perhaps I was selectively perceiving the artist’s intent, but I felt there was a message of strong women forming a network for one another through stages of life.imageWikipedia quotes journalist Horia Tanasescu, “At times ironic, often playful, but taking great care in the production of her paintings, this artist introduces an enthusiasm for life to the national art scene that is in striking contrast to the solemnity of the majority of her fellow artists.”


The Malecon

I walked to the malecon and strolled along the beach back to the Colonial Zone. When I reached the hotel I was drenched!  One of my ultimate pleasures in life is plunging into cool water when I’ve been sweating. Which is pretty much any time I move.

Tomorrow my my friend Deb arrives and we head to the north side of the island for more adventures!  I can’t wait.

Rhonda Sarantis

Rhonda Sarantis

"She's crazy and loud but she loves you!" That's what they tell my infant granddaughter to prepare her for my visit, so I thought it would be a great way to prepare you. And while I may not always be crazy or loud, one thing is always true: I LOVE people. That's at the heart of my passion for travel. I love getting to know people from different cultures who speak different languages, eat different food, have different ideas and opinions. I'm endlessly curious and make a point of reading about the countries I visit. Instead of saying "that's not how WE do it," I enjoy identifying strengths in diverse cultures, and learning about their way of life. I LOVE road trips! I have great memories of monthlong vacations growing up. Dad always had a van--before they were popular--and invited anybody who wanted to join us. My road trips within the United States will be featured in "The Lower Case Travelogs." Be sure to buckle your seat belt. I execute illegal u-turns if a bakery or estate sale is spotted!


  • Anonymous

    I wish I could have mind traveled to spend this day with you! The art gallery sounded amazing and l LOVE me a pretty walk! Sounds like an esthetic adventure in the Dominican.

    February 20, 2016 at 11:40 pm
  • Ali

    Art museums and historic buildings are my favorite.

    February 23, 2016 at 4:57 am