Peruvian Naval Ship Visits Santo Domingo

Buque Escuela BAP “Unión” de la Marina de Guerra del Perú / BAP “Union” Navy Ship of the Peruvian Navy is in port Santo Domingo. You can visit it for free.

Buque de la Armada Peruana, BAP Unión del Perú, is visiting Dominican Republic for the first time.

It will be open to the general public for visiting on Tuesday, October 10 and Wednesday, October 11, from 10:00 am to 05:00 pm.

Abierto al público en general el martes 10 y miércoles 11 de octubre, en horario de 10:00 am hasta 05:00 pm.

BAP “Unión” – Buque Escuela in Facebook.

Buque de la Armada Peruana in Port Don Diego, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic October 10, 2017

Buque de la Armada Peruana in Port Don Diego, Rio Ozama October 10, 2017. The Dominican Dogs, Inteliperra and Buenagente are investigating.


Buque de la Armada Peruana in Port Don Diego October 10, 2017

Buque de la Armada Peruana in port early morning with lights reflecting off Rio Ozama October 10, 2017

Buque de la Armada Peruana in port early morning October 10, 2017


Buque de la Armada Peruana in port early morning as seen from Plaza España October 10, 2017

Buque de la Armada Peruana seen at sea from the from the Faro a Colón October 9, 2017.
Buque de la Armada Peruana seen at sea from the Parque Punta Torrecilla, Faro a Sans Souci October 6, 2017
Buque de la Armada Peruana seen at sea from the Parque Punta Torrecilla, Faro a Sans Souci October 6, 2017

Puente Flotanante Opening

I have never caught the Puente Flotante / Floating Bridge opening or closing until today.

The Puente Flotante connects Santo Domingo Este, Ave. España (Ave Malecon), to Districo Nacional, Zona Colonial and Av Francisco Alberto Caamaño Deñó (El Malecon). It has had many problems and is not in the best shape. Large trucks are not permitted to use the bridge and it is shut down often for repair work.

Walking the dogs, Inteliperra and Buenagente (Dominican Dog Blog) this morning the motors were running as we crossed the bridge. This never happened before.

The motors and cables of Puente Flotante over Rio Ozama, Santo Domingo

We just made it across as they closed the blockades stopping humans, dogs and traffic from crossing.

They put the barricades down before all the vehicles had passed through so some of the fishermen came and lifted the block so the 3 vehicles could get out.

The road blocks are down at the Puente Flotante over Rio Ozama, Santo Domingo

There were many official looking humans on the bridge as we crossed. It looked like they were doing an inspection because I saw no large boats approaching the bridge.

A Harbor Pilot, what I would call a tug boat, ship pulled up to the bridge then a larger boat with large vehicle tires surround it came and ran into the bridge.

The Harbor Pilots at the Puente Flotante over Rio Ozama, Santo Domingo

The middle platform connecting both sides of the bridge slowly lifted.

Puente Flotante deck rising over Rio Ozama, Santo Domingo

The large boat kept pushing the bridge and it was moving.

The opening of Puente Flotante over Rio Ozama, Santo Domingo
The opening of Puente Flotante over Rio Ozama, Santo Domingo
The opening of Puente Flotante over Rio Ozama, Santo Domingo

It was interesting to watch.

Plaza Montecino In Disgrace

The monument dedicated to Fray Antón de Montecinos sits at the entrance of the Rio Ozama, Ciudad Colonial, Santo Domingo. It is one of the first things people see entering the port of Santo Domingo.

The statue of Fray Antón de Montecinos was designed by Mexican sculptor Antonio Castellanos is almost 15 feet (15 meters) tall. It was donated to the Dominican people by the Mexican government when Lopez Portillo was president of Mexico and was originally inaugurated in 1982.

The monument was completely restored in 2012. The interior was cleaned and had some nice original art work. The exterior was all cleaned and looked beautiful.

From a distance the monument looks beautiful. Close up is another story.

Entrance to the monument Montecino March 20, 2012
Entrance to the monument Montecino March 20, 2012

The grounds were nice and was a perfect place for dogs to run and play. It was a place to be proud of knowing that tourists and Dominicans both had a beautiful monument and nice quiet green Plaza to visit.

Grassy plaza great for dogs to play. July 3, 2013
Grassy plaza great for dogs to play. July 3, 2013

Then the people doing the renovation of the Colonial Zone decided to use the plaza to keep construction materials and dump the stone and other garbage that was removed from the streets for the Renovada Ciudad Colonial project.

Using Plaza Montecino for construction materials November 27, 2013
Using Plaza Montecino for construction materials November 27, 2013

And now the beautiful green plaza is a garbage dump. There are slimy water puddles that are perfect breeding grounds for mosquitoes. There are paths between the piles of garbage. The perfect place for crimes to happen and people to hide.
Plaza Montecinos garbage dump July 31, 2016
Plaza Montecinos garbage dump July 31, 2016

Storing left over renovation supplies July 31, 2016
Storing left over renovation supplies July 31, 2016

Trash piled high July 31, 2016
Trash piled high July 31, 2016





The back side of Plaza Montecino was also a nice green spot.
Plaza Montecino December 2, 2012
Plaza Montecino December 2, 2012

Looking out at the grounds of the Plaza March 20, 2012
Looking out at the grounds of the Plaza March 20, 2012
Green Plaza November 24, 2013
Green Plaza November 24, 2013

Now this beautiful Plaza is pilled high with old bricks, stones, dirt and who knows what else in under all the trees and brush growing on the stone mounds.

Storage for millions of pesos in building supplies July 31, 2016
Storage for millions of pesos in building supplies July 31, 2016
Garbage dump July 31, 2016
Garbage dump July 31, 2016

trash piles July 31, 2016
trash piles July 31, 2016

The limestone and concrete structure, designed by architect Pedro Ramírez Vásquez, was being compromised by a tree growing on the side of the building. We contacted the people in charge of the monuments of the Colonial Zone and advised them about a tree that was growing out of the wall of the monument. The roots were starting to break the wall. I sent them this picture July 21, 2013.
Tree growing out of the wall of the structure July 21, 2013
Tree growing out of the wall of the structure July 21, 2013

Again a few years later (May 3, 2015) I advised them that the wall was cracking and before the integrity of the structure was compromised they really needed to remove that tree.

Wall cracking May 3, 2015
Wall cracking May 3, 2015

Today that tree is STILL growing covering the wall entirely. Am I the only person who cares?

The tree today July 31, 2016
The tree today July 31, 2016
The tree and broken wall  today July 31, 2016
The tree and broken wall today July 31, 2016

I am so sad and angry when I see what has happened to Plaza Montecino. All the money used to restore the monument in 2012 and 4 years later it is a disgrace. I heard storied that they are going to restore the monument. I have to ask Why? Isn’t it easier and less expensive to do maintenance after a place is restored instead of doing the restoration work and never paying attention to the project again? Four years after all the money was spent to restore and it is now a trash dump. A large tree breaking the wall that could have been cut away when it was just a seedling.

The monument has seen two murders happen inside that I know of, there probably have been more. It is dangerous to enter once again. There used to be guards now nothing. It is the perfect place for drugs and sex.

What kind of historical city are we? We renovate one part of the Colonial City and make it beautiful while destroying another part of our history. There are no words that can describe the sadness I feel when I see this happen.

Shame on you restoration workers for dishonoring our history and our city.

More history and information about the Monument and Plaza dedicated to Fray Antón de Montecinos. http://www.colonialzone-dr.com/people-montecino.html



Newest Monument To Honor Mella

A new monument has been added to the Colonial Zones list of many monuments. This is a new statue of one of the Founding Fathers of Dominican Republic, General Matías Ramón Mella. It was placed to commemorate the day of his birth on February 25th.

Statue of General Matías Ramón Mella - Plaza Patriótica at Puerta de la Misericordia
Statue of General Matías Ramón Mella – Plaza Patriótica at Puerta de la Misericordia

The new monument is located at the Puerta de la Misericordia/ Gate of Mercy on Calle Palo Hincado and the corner of Calle Arzobispo Portes along the far wall of the Colonial City. (see map #72). This new statue replaces the bust of Mella that was located in the same plaza)

Statue of General Matías Ramón Mella - Padre de la Patria
Statue of General Matías Ramón Mella – Padre de la Patria




The inscription on the statue reads:

Plaza Patriótica
General Matías Ramón Mella
25 de Febrero de 1816 – 4 de Junio de 1864

En homenaje al Padre de la Patria,
General Matías Ramón Mella
Héroe de la Independencia y de la
Restauración de la República Dominicana,
considerado el más grande genio y
estratega militar dominicano
de todos los tiempos.
Político liberal. Independentista eterno.

CPEP
Comision Permanente
De Efemerides Patrias

Proyecto Patriótico de Cultura Cívica
Foundación Luces y Sombras

Bicentenario de su natancio
25 Febrero 2016

Gobierno Constitucional
Lic. Danilo Medina Sánchez
2012-2016

Monument honoring Matías Ramón Mella, Padre de la Patria
Monument honoring Matías Ramón Mella, Padre de la Patria

Translation of the inscription:
In homage to the Father of the Nation,
General Matias Ramon Mella
Hero of the Independence and
Restoration of the Dominican Republic,
considered the greatest genius and
Dominican military strategist
of all times.
Political freedom. Eternal Independence.


Aerial Parque Mirador del Sur

A few aerial pictures given to me of the Parque Mirador del Sur (translated Southern Lookout Park) along Avenida Anacaona. These images also give a beautiful view of part of sprawling capital city. You can see all the way to the Caribbean Sea.

The 7 kilometer (4.35 miles) long park, designed by the Architect Eugenio Pérez Montás, is located in the southwestern part of the Dominican Republic capital of Santo Domingo. See a map and learn a little more about Parque Mirador del Sur.

Click the images to get the full view.

Parque Mirador del Sur from above.
Parque Mirador del Sur from above.
Parque Mirador del Sur and the Caribbean Sea in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Parque Mirador del Sur and the Caribbean Sea in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Parque Mirador del Sur at sun set. Santo Domingo, Republica Dominicana.
Parque Mirador del Sur at sun set. Santo Domingo, Republica Dominicana.