Continuing on our day trip down to Santiago for shopping, we stop over at one of my favorite little roadside restaurants filled with mountain bikers and catch a glimpse at a couple of the locals in costume promoting the upcoming Carnival in the town of La Vega. We get to check out the downhill portion of our trip as we head into Santiago for our first stop at La Sirena. This is one of the grocery store chains in the Dominican Republic, very similar to say a Publix or a Kroger mega store in the US.
As you will see as we roam the isles of La Sirena, the selection is just as you would expect at most American larger supermarkets, with the exception that you will probably find a little larger selection of European food products which are brought in to service the sizable European expat community.
In this first video (Part 2) we continue up the mountain through some small farming communities and stop over for a quick lunch at a roadside restaurant. On the day we were here, a bunch of mountain bikers had peddled there way up the mountain and were catching lunch at the same cliffside restaurant.
While at the restaurant we noticed a few of the locals in their Carnival costumes to cheer on the mountain bikers and to remind visitors of the upcoming major Carnival in La Vega. If the weather holds and we get a break in our tour schedule we will try to get down to the Carnival for some filming and to take pictures of the many colorful Carnival costumes.
In Part 3 of our video series we head on down the mountain and into the large city of Santiago for a little shopping. Our first stop is at the La Sirena supermarket. You will notice that it is very similar to a typical Publix or Kroger megastore with practically anything you would expect from a large grocery store. We especially appreciate the large selection of European cheeses and other European products that are a little less common in America.
Along the way we also take a quick peek at what Liane calls the Chinese Gardens which is a beautiful landscape along the road down the mountain. I think you will agree that the views are pretty incredible.
In our final video in the next post we will visit one of the large bigbox stores, Price Smart and also take a quick look at a store that is very similar to an upscale Bed, Bath and Beyond. There is no shortage of expat friendly places to shop in these larger cities like Santiago….. but for a peaceful place to live….. give me Cabrera please.