Christopher Columbus was aware of the present competition between the European kingdoms for trade routes to the East Indies and the spice trade. He believed he could reach the East Indies by sailing westward. He made several proposals to European monarchs and eventually the expedition was financed by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain.
Columbus found the New World. He sailed around the beautiful islands of the Caribbean, convinced that he had found the East Indies. He claimed it all for the Crown of Castile and called the people Indians. He began a chain of events which would affect the world’s history for the next 500 years and more.
Puerto Plata, the city on this gorgeous lush island where we had an unforgettable holiday was first founded in April of 1493, and the settlement was called La Isabella.
The Dominican Republic is an exotic isle of green foliage in the turquoise Caribbean Sea. The trade winds blow the hot warm atmosphere that carries the music of the magical Meringue and the aroma of the uniquely divine and fascinating cuisine
It is a popular vacation Mecca that has grown exponentially in the last twenty years or so. Santo Domingo is the capital city of the Dominican Republic and the people at the time of our trip was over 5 million. We also visited a few villages close to Puerto Plata where we’ve met some of the kindest and happiest people.
Two days per week the resort chef did a sea food cook out on the beach. The beach was set up with plastic tables and chairs. Lobsters floated in an ice bucket beside the enormous grill. Another bucket was filled with countless bottles of beer coated with ice.
Puerto Plata’s real estate development was on steroids in this time and we planned to test it out in the morning before the BBQ. We met a realtor who was advertising a large condominium development. We spent so much time with the agent that by the time we got to the hotel the lobster grilling was over.
Luckily for me, I had yet another opportunity to have lunch at the grilling before we had to depart. I made the most of the lunch. I was the first to book a table for both of us.
I was sitting on a seat, my feet dug in the warm sand, a plastic table in front of me covered with a paper tablecloth. The waiter served me a big lobster, ready to eat, followed by a bowl of steaming hot butter flavoured with garlic and herbs.
I had been waiting for this… shells cracked, tossed all over the desk, my hands and face covered with warm garlic butter… enjoying my food – it was amazing! I was like a mischievous child, happy to generate a big mess and enjoying myself!
It was great to be a child again if only for a brief time. Try it. I suggest it!
This was the most sensuous meal I’ve ever had. Can not you just see?
Dreams come in all shapes and sizes and this was a happy dream come true for me! Columbus had a terrific dream and it came true for him in more ways than he ever dreamed of.