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thomas brunsIn honor of one of Europe’s greatest expressions of peace and freedom, the German Embassy hosted a celebration at Casa de Campo’s sister property, Hotel Santo Domingo, commemorating the Day of German Unity, Señora Maria Fernanda Aristimuño de Bruns graciously setting the evening’s festive mood. german embassy santo domingoThe international significance of this day, 45 years after the end of World War II, not only reunified East and West Germany but changed European history addressing long-standing European challenges. Please click here to learn more about the magnitude of this historic milestone. Hosted by Ambassador Dr. Thomas Bruns and his family, frequent visitors and friends of Casa de Campo, guests enjoyed the company of other embassies including, amongst others, the French, Dutch, Spanish, Italian, Swiss, and British Ambassadors in addition to representatives from the US Embassy. Invited guests, Casa de Campo residents, local business leaders, officials and celebrities helped honor the special occasion. Blandine KrissDistinguished guests also included the Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, Apostolic Nucio Józef Wesolowski, and the Ambassador of the Delegation of the European Union in the country. Representing the host country, Viceminister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Dominican Republic, José Manuel Trullols attended supporting this memorable affair. Many thanks are to be extended to the dedicated efforts and contributions of the entire German Embassy Staff who guaranteed the flawless success of evening’s festivities. Ambassador Bruns’ heartfelt speech, German and local cuisine, and meaningful conversations entertained guests during the celebration of this important day in German history. A spectacular display of fireworks, with a backdrop over the Malecón, was appreciated and enjoyed by guests providing a perfect ending to a magical event.

Enjoying the fireworks on the terrace germany embassy santo domingo

The following photos of this magnificent event were contributed by Stacey Turner:  These additional (copyrighted) photos of this event were contributed by the German Embassy, Santo Domingo:  [nggallery id=1412]
This article was contributed by Stacey Turner. stacey turnerStacey Turner is a year-round resident of Casa de Campo and a diving enthusiast – currently a certified advanced PADI diver, but is working on her instructor and rescue diver certifications. Stacey is also a volunteer with Indiana University’s Underwater Science Department helping to understand how to preserve our “living museums of the sea” – in particular the site of the Quedagh Merchant shipwreck (Capitan Kidd’s pirate ship!), which can be found just off of Catalina Island.