Tuesday, October 21, 2008

DR Photos

A funny sign at a local gym on the road between Santo Domingo and Punta Cana .

Photos from the tile factory and some installations of their product.










A link to Villa Lagoon Tile is good to place here !
Now photos of Santo Domingo that I took the first day.





We stayed at a lovely all inclusive place in Punta Cana. Some of these photos are from Santo Domingo, I'll put those first. The coast all along Santo Domingo has rocky coral inlets and little caves. The water makes a big splash in some of them.



These photos are from restaurant of typical food and fun music and dancing. The walls has photos of Pres. Carter eating there and others of Brandgalina. Matt Damon too.

We were invited to a fabo luncheon at the home of our host's parents. The tables were set in a small tent on the front yard that faces the Caribbean. The food was, hands down, the best we had on the trip.





Got to visit an architect's weekend home whihc is this incredible three story tree house in palms on the beach.




Monday, October 20, 2008

more from the DR

internet still difficult. big resort but some of the biz center's computers don't work properly, we show up forgetting the tiny slip of paper w/ our 24 minutes of access code , so just one thing afer another..so only answering urgent email. The beach is fabulous, there are a bunch of Russians here. It is a fam trip to get a bunch of Russian travel agents excited about sending vacationers here I suppose. They dont smile much and they dont communicate at all w/ us. Today we saw people from Korea, and a lot of German speaking people. Last night we had dinner in the reservation only japanese restaurant. definately not Benihana , was kinda funny actually....food mediocre at best. this huge AI resort (all inclusive) is owned by a Spanish an and the food is basically without seasoning, which is what I experienced in Spain.
hese places are located in an area where all there is are huge AI rsorts..so wandering about looking for local estaurants is not much of an option. but the architecture is incredible and the showershave tons of hot water. I have made friends w/ folks here to get back in touch w/ afer I return and do tile biz and after all, this is what I came for, that and to photo cement tile installations. So i am a happy camper. And no tummy upsets at all, so this is wonderful...

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Dominican Republic

Great trip...have seen a lot of very nice tile installations and taken a lot of photos. Our little group of tile showroom owners and interior designers is a super group of folks. We are on our own now at this HUGE all-inclusive resort. I have about 2 more days. I was all scared of coming here before I came , from reading forums, mostly at www.dr1.com but so far, it is wonderful. I'd come back in a heartbeat. Of course, it helps that I am hob-nobbing with the elite here !! A fabo lawn party on the coast was just the best. I took a ton of photos but will have to wait to get home to upload them.

I have taken a lot of photos of great tile installations in ancient and new construction for the website and established much better biz relationships for obtaining and selling my tile.

I see numerous trips to the DR in my future !!!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Greetings from the Dominican Republic




Trip went fine getting here. Airports are never fun but it wasn't too bad. Nice hotel right smack dab in the center of a 3 million people city...Santo Domingo. I am going to try to upload some photos if the hotel will let me use my USB thumb drive in their computer. Later on I may pay for the 24 hrs of wireless, but I have not yet. Wasnt sure I had brought my laptop power cord, buty found it this afternoon. Anyway, everything great here so far. Lots of horn honking. Reminds me of Jerusalem in that respect.
Tonight is the tile company cocktail reception. Slept late and then had a big breakfast at the hotel buffet and omlet bar, lots of tropical fruit. Then walked around mostly along the shoreline drive. Then to the pool for some reading and short nap, now in the business center. This hotel is great. Hotel Santa Domingo.
Climate here is about like Gulf Shores when we left town. Warm sunny days, cooler nights, humidity like Alabama. Friendly people so far.

Well it does not seem to recognize the USB port, so I guess it is disabled. No photos till later.
Now on different computer, accepted the flash drive. They have these humongous lanterns hanging in the lobby area of the hotel. I mean these lanterns are about maybe 10 ft tall. GIANT...

Monday, October 06, 2008

Carlos Santana's Next (possible) Career

...on Friday the rocker said he sees himself one day heading up a church in Hawaii..."I'm going to stop playing when I'm 67 and work on what I really want to do, which is to be a minister, like Little Richard," he said to Rolling Stone.

"I'm not sick of what I do, but I find that God gave me the gift of communication even without my guitar and with the ability to get people unstuck with certain sections of the Bible having to do with guilt, shame, judgment and fear." Read more...

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Friday, October 03, 2008

Bon Secour Auction



Big bankruptcy , big auction. Bon Secour Village here on the Intercoastal Waterway...first photo is the proposed marina part of this huge development that was even to have public schools located inside. Second photo is what the marina looks like now. Bon Secour Village Auction

Curved Cornice is Up




Cornice is in place and getting last back-fill today. DAC-ART steps are almost complete on the south side. The area over the central panels lacks the decorative effects.