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Dec 31, 2012 - Buzz in Dominican Republic - Mikayla's traveling teddy

Bonjour à la classe de M. Boutin et bonjour Mikayla!!! Tu me manques! XO I found I was getting a bit cold in Canada, so decided to jet off to the Dominican Republic, in the Carribbean, for New Years! Enjoy the photos! Happy 2013! Buzz

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Oct 17, 2012 - Manatee Park Day

As mentioned in our last update, yesterday was our relax day. We went for a walk along the Golf Course Fairways ending at the Club House for a swim and Pina Coladas poolside. From there we wandered over to the Palma Reale Center (across the street from the Condo) for a lunch at the Pizzerelli Restaurant, mmmmmm deeelicious, with enough leftovers for a late night beer and pizza snack. Today we spent a great time at Manatee Park where we started off Swimming with the Dolphins. No photos to show as they did not allow cameras in the Dolphin...

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Oct 15, 2012 - Bringing you up to date

Since we last updated, Joanne and I have had a few days of 'just lazing around'. We had a great day in San Juan browsing through the mall shops, great lunch at Pizza Hut and finished our journey loading up on more groceries. Our cab (Jorge) was due to pick us up at 2:00 and we headed back to the Condo. The next couple of days were spent swimming, sunbathing, reading, relaxing....doing a lot of just nothing. Absolutely perfect. We've had a bit of stormy rain showers the last couple of days/nights.....probably from Tropical Storm Raphael in...

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Oct 12, 2012 - Higuey, El Ranchero and Macao Beach

W.O.W. Unbelievable scenery. Wednesday was going to be our all inclusive day at Melia Tropicale but unfortunately the various restaurants were closed for a few days...I think upgrading etc. and getting ready for the weekend. So we spent the day at Jeff and Jo's complex pool and just relaxed. Thursday was an O.M.G. day..... We started off at the Melia Tropicale for our pickup for the Truck Jungle Safari Tour. After picking up other passengers at various resorts, we drove through a number of little villages / towns before reaching the Escuela...

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Oct 9, 2012 - Gabi Beach Day

Another leisurely breakfast and then headed out to Gabi Beach (next to the Melia Caribe Resort). An awesome spot to just lay back and relax. Spent most of the afternoon in and out of the Ocean. Beautiful white sand beach and the water was unbelievably warm. (Punta Cana is on the Atlantic (eastern) side of the island, we'll be on Caribbean Sea side during our excursion next week.) Nothing too much to report today as it was a beach/relax day. We did have an amazing lunch at the Gabi Beach Bar & Grille. Seems like all we've done so far is...

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Oct 6, 2012 - Arrival In Punta Cana, D.R.

Well all, we arrived safely (extremely long flight)to Bavaro Beach, Punta Cana, D.R. We found the arrival sights very similar to a Mexican Resort, greeted by local, upbeat trio playing local music. A perfect ending to a long tiring 3 flights. Our last leg of the trip from Montreal (Montreal itself is another story for later) we were diverted to Philadelphia, PA as one of our passengers had a Medical Emergency. (turns out he was diabetic and his blood sugars were out of sync.) Medical help tried on the flight to get him under control but...

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Feb 21, 2011 - Feb 20th - 21st, Dominican Rep

Crystal, Gavin, Shane, Bill, Turkey and I all got up early to catch the jeep ride through the outback, for a Ziplining adventure. It was a first time for Crystal and Gavin, and I’m pretty certain they enjoyed it. More young students arrived each day, and by mid afternoon we were outnumbered by about 1,000 loud and obnoxious young people. They partied all night long! I can’t remember having that kind of stamina …..LOL

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Feb 19, 2011 - Feb 17th - 19th, Dominican Rep

Well, after a full day of sun and pool, all of the women met in the hotel lobby to celebrate Claire’s bachelorette party. We dressed her up in the usual “Steele” garb, and paraded her around the lobby bar while she fulfilled her bachelorette duties. LOL While we were keeping her busy, all of the men got together and entertained Scott (our nephew, the groom) Feb 18th was the wedding day. The wedding started at 4 pm, so most of the guests enjoyed lounging around the pool until early afternoon. The wedding was on the beach, as was the...

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Feb 16, 2011 - Feb 14th - 16th, Dominican Rep

Well, what can I say? We spent the next 4 days sunning and swimming, between the ocean and the pool. We had a few morning showers, but not enough to worry about. We had a great time with all of the friends and family. We booked into the Mexican A la Carte for supper on one night, and the Steakhouse on another. It was enjoyed by all. Someone played a “Farmville” joke on my sister Debbie, and decorated her room with all kinds of farm animals. Too funny!!

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Feb 13, 2011 - Feb 12th & 13th, Dominican Rep

We left the condo on Treasure Island and headed for the Tampa airport with Rob and Lorraine. Unfortunately, the Isaacs headed back to the land of snow, and we headed for the Dominican Republic for a family wedding. We left Tampa at 3:25 pm and headed for Miami, with a 3 hour lay-over. Miami to Punta Cana was a short flight, but we landed at 10:30 pm. Our transportation that we booked through Cheap Tickets was Coco Tours. Well, that didn’t go so good. They were unorganized and it took them forever to find our names on their roster. (and we...

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Feb 12, 2011 - Punta Cana, Dominican Rep

Hi everyone, Unfortunately we don't have internet access here in the Dominican Republic, except for a small internet cafe, and are paying by the minute. We will update our trip journal after we get back to Tampa, on Feb 23rd. Pics to follow also. Patti & Turkey

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Jul 13, 2010 - Intercontinental volleyball and our final day at Dreams

The bachata lesson today was simply stunning. There was this one kid out there who has easily having the most fun I have seen a person have in a long time. It was evident that he had some sort of mental disability but this did not stop him from tearing it up. Helma and I watched in awe as he twirled and stepped with no sense of timing but every ounce of personal style he could muster. I was won over immediately. Later we ran into our friends from the Japanese restaurant and organized a game of pool volleyball. I regret to say that Helma’s...

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