Is this the new world? Cuz it looks just like the old world! Staying in the Zona Calonial in Santo Domingo felt like we were in Spain again. This area of the city is the oldest, much of it having been built while Christopher Columbus’ son Diego was Governor. To the right is a picture of the first church of the Americas. Unlike the churches in Spain, this one was not filled with gold leaf woodwork or other amazing church relics. It was sacked by Drake in the 1560’s and never really recovered.
We visited museums, ate new foods (including Longanitza, a typical Dominican sausage that they deep fry) and enjoyed the pool at our Colonial style studio apartment after hot days exploring the city. We left a day early to meet our friends on the North coast in Cabarete because we were being eaten alive by mosquitoes! Unfortunately colonial style architecture does not include screens or mosquito nets.