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Trip to the Caribbean for Alex & Mel's wedding...   Download times...
Alex Marshall married Melinda Cole in the Dominican Republic on Friday 22nd October 1999.  Not being ones to miss a good wedding, Vanessa and I flew out to join them, along with Rich Taylor and the rest of the Marshalls - Shane, Hughie and Barbara.  We stayed at the Luperon Beach Resort on the north coast of the island, and a jolly good time was had by all.  Congratulations to the happy couple, and also to Alex's mum Barbara for conquering her fear of flying to make the journey!   Please note that in order to present large, high-quality pictures, this page may take almost a minute to download completely. The first few pictures will be visible quickly, but please have patience with the rest!

Luperon beach.
We arrived at the Luperon Beach Resort on Tuesday 19th October, in time for evening drinks around the pool. The next day we were eager to check out the beach itself, which wasn't bad at all...

Rich, Dan & Shane in the pool.
The combination of free drinks and a bar in the pool itself meant that it was tempting to do nothing else but get quietly plastered in the sun. Here, Rich Taylor, Dan and Shane Marshall demonstrate how this should be done...
  Luperon Beach Hotel.
The hotel buildings set in a pleasant park complete with palm trees and small tractors to make those from Devon feel at home.

Dan & Vanessa relax at the poolside bar.
Dan & Vanessa relaxing by the pool (again) a couple of days into the holiday. Alex and Mel had already been here for a week before we all arrived, and already had small brass nameplates securing their spaces at this bar!

Beach Art.
Some of the local artwork on display along the edge of the beach.  While quite impressive, these were so overpriced that even after a lot of haggling you still ended up being ripped off!
  Coconut on the beach.
Coconut milk cocktails were very popular, and served straight from the nut itself, once half a bottle of vodka had been added.

Yellow drum.
A picture of a yellow oil drum on the beach at Luperon.  Who said the art of good writing is dead?