Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Vacation Part 1 Arrival

 M and I started our journey as we are calling it our Second Honeymoon. We call it this because it's the first vacation that just the two of us went on since our 1st honeymoon. Normally we travel with friends and family. We stayed at the Newark Hampton Inn the night before our flight and it was perfect! Always so clean and the staff was welcoming! The airport is across the street. It only takes a few minutes to drive to the airport parking and the shuttle bus was very quick and clean. Breakfast at the Hampton Inn was delicious and they had donuts from dunkin donuts!
Once we got to the airport check in was simple and the staff was helpful. We flew Continental which is now United?  The staff wore both Continental and Untied attire. Continental was impressive they boarded passengers in the back rows first after first class of course! This made me extremely happy and it is super smart. No more bumping into the people that are already seated with your luggage. It was a 3 and half hour flight to our final destination Puerto Plata in the Dominic Republic or Republica Dominicana as it was written in the country. They served breakfast which was delicious! Fresh Fruit, muffin and an egg and cheese omelet! I was very impressed although I do not know if this service will continue with the merge. The rest of our flight was just fine. M let me have the window seat! He is so sweet!  We landed at 1:45 RD time which is one hour ahead of us. Getting off the plane went well. There was a very loud local band playing which I did not care for and then you had to pay a 10.00 entrance fee into the country!  I just kept thinking that this is a 3rd world country and they need this money. I hope they use it to help the people in need. M got us a taxi which was a little scary but I had been in one before in other 3rd world countries so it wasn't that big of a deal. It only cost us 40.00 US dollars as opposed to the 200.00 US dollars the hotel shuttle wanted. It was a 15-20 minute ride which was fine, a little sad to see how the people live but this was not my first time seeing a country like this!
The taxi took us next door to the hotel we were suppose to be at but they kindly took us on a golf cart ride to our hotel. We stayed at the Iberstar Costa Dorada.
We started our stay with a nice fruity drink (non-alcoholic)
Welcome drink from both hotels were tasty. Our room was not ready upon arrival so I go my sandals on and we took a walk around the lobby area. Everything is open.  M and I have been to many different hotels around the world and this was not a 4 star like advertised. It was more like a 3 star but it had some good and bad qualities.
 They had matching horses. I am not really sure why. These were in the lobby.

 A fountain in the main courtyard.

 This is my artsy picture for the trip!
A fountain to the left.
 
 A fountain to the right.

 The pool.

 The pool was very clean and it was really pretty all lite up at night!
 We spent most of our afternoons by the pool. It was less windy and if it rained (which it did for two days) we sat underneath theses huts.

January 25th and 26th 2012

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