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September 13, 2011
  • Zipline Santo Domingo
  • MSC Cruises to homeport in Sans Souci
  • Lobster month at the Meson de la Cava
  • Bani gets a cultural center
  • Missak Baghboudarian at the National Theater
Zipline Santo Domingo
City residents in Santo Domingo now have the option of flying through the sky on a zipline, up till now only available in resort areas. Senator Reynaldo Pared Perez (National District-PLD) has set up a family business based on a zipline experience he had in Brazil. The new business, Zipline Park Extreme Adventure is located on the outskirts of Santo Domingo. It offers zipline, bungee jumping, trampoline jumping, paintball, soccer, basketball, tennis, wall climbing, batting practice, bicycle trails, table games, a pool and children's playground. Admission prices range from RD$400 per individual adult (RD$200 per child), RD$1,330 adults with lunch included to RD$2,500 for a family, depending on the activities chosen. Children pay about half price. It is located off Km 22 on the Duarte Highway to Villa Altagracia.
MSC Cruises to homeport in Sans Souci
MSC Cruises, the shipping line that promises European charm and modern Italian elegance plus Italian and New World Mediterranean cuisine, will be docking in Santo Domingo in 2012.
The Ministry of Tourism announced that it was agreed that the Sans Souci Terminal of the Port of Santo Domingo would be the homeport. It will make an inaugural departure on Wednesday, 20 December and will touch port in La Romana the next day. The MSC will be using the MSL Lirica, with 795 cabins and capacity for 2,199 passengers.
Cruise ship passengers will tour the Colonial City.
Lobster month at the Meson de la Cava
The Meson de la Cava, Santo Domingo's restaurant located inside a cave, is offering half price on lobster dishes on the occasion of the end of the ban on lobster sales, in order to give them time to reproduce. A cup of Beringer white wine is also included in the offer. The Meson de la Cava is off the Mirador del Sur Park. Owner Otto Ricart is also preparing a new space for events in the area outside the cave.
Bani gets a cultural center
A new cultural center, the Centro Cultural Perello, a contribution by the owners of Cafe Santo Domingo to the culture of the region, is due to be inaugurated in Bani on Friday, 16 September. The center aims to create a multicultural dynamic experience to open horizons to lovers of art, painting, music and the environment. The new center emulates the Centro Leon, a major contribution to culture made by the Leon Jimenes family in Santiago.
The center was designed by architect Pedro Borrell, who was also responsible for the Centro Leon. It is located on a 10,000m2 lot on the Bani-San Cristobal highway, next to the La Estrella matches factory. The building itself measures 5,000m2. It has a 150-seater auditorium for concerts, conferences and teaching. It also has a multi-use hall for up to 200 people and a computer center with 36 computers with Internet connections. One of the artistic highlights is a mural by Said Musa that pays homage to a day on the farm. Historian Ismael Diaz Melo is the director of the cultural center. "We will work on three basic themes - young cinema, education and the environment", he said. Diaz said that the center would support young talent in making films.
"In a first phase the center will reach out to the province, but later we plan to reach out to the south," he announced.
Missak Baghboudarian at the National Theater
The Conductor of the Syrian National Symphony Orchestra, Missak Baghboudarian will lead the National Symphony Orchestra in its second concert of this season at the National Theater. Soloist Maias Al Yamani is on violin. The concert takes place on Wednesday, 14 September at 8:30pm. Tickets are RD$1,000, RD$800, RD$600 and RD$400.
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