In this week’s ‘Memories of Casa de Campo’ post, Carol Burke takes us on an amazing journey through Casa de Campo before it became modernised – Carol’s beautiful photos show us how Casa de Campo used to be…dirt roads and all! It’s absolutely incredible how much it has changed!
The long and winding road that leads to your door
Will never disappear,
I’ve seen that road before, it always leads me here,
Leads me to your door.
— John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Still round the corner there may wait
A new road or a secret gate,
And though we pass them by today,
Tomorrow we may come this way
And take the hidden paths that run
Towards the Moon or to the Sun.
— J.R.R. Tolkien
In the time before Casa de Campo had a runway long enough for large jetliners from Miami, Florida, we had to fly into the Santo Domingo airport and drive home to Casa.
The drive was beautiful and exciting along a coastal road that curved its way through towns and villages.
Within Casa there were many roads, the main roads were paved roads that cars, trucks, motorcycles, and golf carts could travel on. Avenida Barranca was a main road that traveled uphill from Avenida Central and led to Avenida Villa Tennis and the Tennis Courts. It was lined with flowering Mother-of-Chocolate trees.
There were also roads meant for golf carts only. Golf cart roads meandered through all of Casa near the golf courses.
Golf carts roads were beautiful and scenic as they zigzagged through the landscape.
Some roads were straight and direct such as this road to Altos de Chavon,
while other roads were serpentine and curved out of sight ahead.
Sometimes there was a water obstacle in the road,
and other times the road opened up to the Caribbean Sea.
The roads of Casa de Campo, whether straight roads or twisty, often led to views of beautiful villas.
One road led to a villa with a narrow brick pathway.
Another road led by a villa with a park-like lawn and a palm-thatched palapa as an entryway.
One small road in Casa traveled to a formal garden with hedges laid out in a carefully planned geometric design,
and another road arrived at welcoming open doors.
Finally after roaming the roads of Casa we find the one which takes us home.
Memories of Casa de Campo: The La Romana Tourist (published on September 20, 2010 #50)
Memories of Casa de Campo: Mysterious La Romana (published on September 13, 2010 #49)
Memories of Casa de Campo: La Romana Landmarks (published on September 6, 2010 #48)
Memories of Casa de Campo: Artistry and Craftsmanship in Altos de Chavon (published on, August 30, 2010 #47)
Memories of Casa de Campo: The Gifts of Casa (published on August 23, 2010 #46)
Memories of Casa de Campo: The Children of Casa – Part 2 (published on August 16, 2010 #45)
Memories of Casa de Campo: The Children of Casa – Part 1 (August 9, 2010 #44)
Memories of Casa de Campo: Memories That Matter (published August 2, 2010 #43)
Memories of Casa de Campo: Sweet Things in Casa (published on July 26, 2010 #42)
Memories of Casa de Campo: Afternoon Appetizers (published on July 19, 2010 #41)
Memories of Casa de Campo: The Casa Coast (published on July 12, 2010 #40)
Memories of Casa de Campo: Donkey Polo As It Was Then (published on July 5, 2010 #39)
Memories of Casa de Campo: An Afternoon at Caña Bar (published on June 28, 2010 #38)
Memories of Casa de Campo: Summer Reflections (pulished on June 21, 2010 #37)
Memories of Casa de Campo: Exploring the Batay in the Year of the Oxen (published on June 14, 2010 #36)
Memories of Casa de Campo: The Fiestas of Altos de Chavon (published on June 7, 2010 #35)
Memories of Casa de Campo: The Friday Market in La Romana (published on May 31, 2010 #34)
Memories of Casa de Campo: A Visit to Boca Chavon Village with a View to Casa de Campo(published on May 24, 2010 #33)
Memories of Casa de Campo: Walking to Boca Chavon, Where the River Meets the Sea (published on May 17, 2010 #32)
Memories of Casa de Campo: The Casa de Campo Cookbook (published on May 10, 2010 #31)
Memories of Casa de Campo: Altos Every Moment (published on May 3, 2010 #30)
Memories of Casa de Campo: The Trees Where I Lived (published on April 26, 2010 #29)
Memories of Casa de Campo: The Skies of Casa de Campo (published on April 19, 2010 #28)
Memories of Casa de Campo: Sports and Activities (published on April 12, 2010 #27)
Memories of Casa de Campo: Dueños 1991-Polo (published on March 29, 2010 #26)
Memories of Casa de Campo: From Café El Patio to Altos de Chavon After the Hurricane (March 22, 2010 #25)
Memories of Casa de Campo: Surveying the Damage After Hurricane Georges (March 15, 2010 #24)
Memories of Casa de Campo: Before and After Hurricane Georges (March 8, 2010 #23)
Memories of Casa de Campo: Café del Sol, a Leafy Retreat from the Day (March 1, 2010 #22)
Memories of Casa de Campo: Walking on the Wild Side of Casa de Campo – From Altos with Love(February 22, 2010 #21)
Memories of Casa de Campo: Trees, Flowers and Gardens – From Heavenly to Humble (February 15, 2010 #20)
Memories of Casa de Campo: around La Romana with the in-laws (February 8, 2010 #19))
Memories of Casa de Campo: Remembering La Romana (February 1, 2010 #18)
Only in the DR: Lunch is Ready! (January 28, 2010 #17)
Memories of Casa de Campo: Roadside Attraction (January 25, 2010 #16)
Memories of Casa de Campo: Christmas in Casa de Campo (December 21, 2009 #15)
Memories of Casa de Campo: Casa Kids on the Beach at Dueños ’91 (December 14, 2009 #14)
Memories of Casa de Campo: The Dancing Dueños (December 7, 2009 #13)
Memories of Casa de Campo: Miss, Mrs. & Mr. Dueños ’91 (November 30, 2009 #12)
Dueños announcement (November 25, 2009 #11)
Memories of Casa de Campo – Altos Galleria (November 23, 2009 #10)
Memories of Casa de Campo: Polo Season (November 16, 2009 #09)
Memories of Casa de Campo: ‘Villa Visions’ Magazine (November 9, 2009 #08)
Memories of Casa de Campo: Altos de Chavon is a Work of Art (November 2, 2009 #07)
Memories of Casa de Campo – the Altos de Chavon amphitheater (October 26, 2009 #06)
Memories of Casa de Campo: The Magic of Altos de Chavon (October 19, 2009 #05)
Walking Daisy Dandelion on the Teeth of the Dog (October 12, 2009 #04)
Hello My Name is Carol (October 5, 2009 #03)
Photo of the Week: Rainbow over Amphitheatre (October 4, 2009 #02)
Memories of Casa de Campo: Punta Aguila Airport (Sept 28, 2009 #01)