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First week or so in the DR

Baseball and beach and a new room.

sunny 31 °C

We are currently sitting in deck chairs listening to the waves and surf.

While our first room was lovely (see previous post), it turned out the the patrons of the swim up bar, overlooked by our balcony, were very noisy - lots of impromptu drunken singing fests - and it was very close to the theatre, which meant that we had noise from the pool all afternoon and noise from the theatre all evening. So yesterday, we switched to an identical room a bit closer to the beach, but more importantly, far enough away from the noise to allow us to relax.

Every morning, I walk for two hours on the beach, which stretches to infinity, or at least farther than I’m willing to walk around in either direction. Walking one way, I pass these odd items in the water. No idea what they are.

In the other direction, a good 45 minutes farther down the beach than I’ve walked, there’s this building, which I guess is a hotel, but it’s not on google maps as such.

And along the way, there are these interesting art sculptures.

Now, why haven’t I ventured closer for a look? If you’ve read previous posts, you’d know I’m always up for a walk and enjoy those longer jaunts; however, despite the art installation, this stretch of beach is really isolated and far beyond sight of the hotels and crowds. While that makes it enjoyable on the one hand, it felt a bit dangerous for me walking alone, so I’ve promised the hubby to stay within sight of a resort.

On Halloween, we ventured away from the resort to cheer on the Toros del Este at El Corral de Los Toros (aka Estadio Francisco Micheli) in La Romana. The stadium was a 90 minute taxi/excursion each way ($298USD round trip) and $35 for 3 tickets (we invited the guide to join us) + beer and hamburgers. So all in all, an expensive outing. I’m wearing my new Toros visor :). Sadly, our cheering did not spur the Dominican League Toros to victory (4-0 for the Estrella’s, and our Toros with only one hit and 2 errors).

The weather has been sunny and warm (high 31, low 24 - Celsius, of course) every day, except one morning of rain a couple of days ago. No complaints from me. I love the heat!

The food has also been very good. Here are the menus from three of the a la cartel restaurants. The third requires a reservation and there’s no limit as to the number of reservations we can have. The first two are first come, first serve. Since we prefer to eat relatively early (6:30pm opening), we have had to wait showing up when the doors open.



The Majestic Elegance resort is certainly passing our expectations. Melvin, our butler, keeps in touch via what’s app and has been ensuring we always have what we need - whether it’s dinner reservations, a new room, toilet fixed, or a bottle or rum (for Steve) and club Sosa (for me), or a ride & guide to the baseball game. All good.

Might try renting a kayak one day this week, if I can fit it in around spa appointments:)

Posted by Deb Godley 19:06 Archived in Dominican Republic

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