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In this week’s ‘Memories of Casa de Campo’ post , Carol Burke brings us photos and stories from Santo Domingo.

“The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.”

— St. Augustine

“I have a lot of friends who are snowbirds and we’re always happy to see them return in the winter.”

— Captain Bill of Arizona

In the years before Casa de Campo had an airstrip long enough for the 727 jet airliners, our snowbirds would have to be picked up and dropped off at the airport in Santo Domingo.

A 727 Jetliner in Casa de Campo

Sometimes we would drive to Santo Domingo early in the day so our snow-birds could see the sights before they left on their north-bound journeys.

El Conde

La Cafeteria on El Conde was an important stop.  It was patronized by local coffee drinkers and had a history as The Coffee House of Santo Domingo going back many years.

La Cafeteria

In those days, there were orange Volkswagens everywhere in Santo Domingo.

Orange VolksWagens

The Colonial District was lively.  There were contemporary art happenings as well as historical.

The Art Walk

People-Watching was an interesting pastime at the main tourist attractions in the city.  Sometimes we would do the watching,

PeopleWatching

and other times we were the ones being watched.

Being Watched