January 5, 2011

Republica Dominicana

Early on Christmas morning, we went to the airport to begin our journey to Santo Domingo, Domincan Republic to visit Grandma and Grandpa (Scott's parents) who are serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. 

After a long day--three airplanes--we finally got there.  It was so fun and exciting to see Grandma and Grandpa waiting for us at the airport.

While we were there we . . .
...hit the beach,

Andy is snorkeling in the background, Bren and Dustin making drip castles
notice the shells and snorkeling gear...as well as the cute kid
. . .visited an orphanage,

...saw the Temple,
The Santo Domingo LDS Temple is the 8th largest

...went to Christopher Columbus Square and saw the old city,
The cannons are part of the old fort protecting the harbor.  This was the first settlement in the new world
the walls of the old fort

the building in the background is the oldest catheral in the Americas--the inside is beautiful
 ...explored a BIG cavern,
an amazing hole in the ground right in the city

Though you can't see it, the bottom of the big 'hole' behind them is water with fish and turtles.  There were quite a few caverns that you walk down stairs to the water  

after you go down lots of stairs and see different caverns, then you walk through a darker part and all of the sudden it opens into this

...rode the Metro and saw the city.

the Metro track is on the above left

A 'recylced' wall outside of a school that is decorated with what would otherwise be trash. 

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