Cuba – Day 6

After breakfast (the usual: eggs, fruit, bread, coffee, juice), we walked along a pretty shopping street (though not much interesting to buy as a tourist) which ends at the old plaza. Since it was pouring rain, I didn’t get a photo, but here’s one from the internet:

On our way out of town, we stopped at a place called the Palacio Del Valle, an old mansion turned restaurant. It was still raining, but I got a couple nice photos from inside:

Palacio de Valle

From here, it was only a 1.5 hour drive to Trinidad, a town I was much more excited to go to. When we arrived, we went immediately to a paladar where we had a big group lunch (same food as always) and I was finally able to get a photo of our whole group!

Our group!

Once again, we stayed in a house with Tina and Deepak, but this time the entire house was all ours! The host lived across the street and rented this house out. It was very well appointed, with a kitchenette, living room, dining room, 2 full bathrooms, and wine, beer, and water we could buy.

We had heard that power outages could be common, but we had yet to experience one. As Dave and I were getting ready for bed, the storm knocked out the power and you could hear the whole neighborhood go “Awwww.”

I think Trinidad was my favorite town on the whole trip. This is where we finally found artisans – we met a musician and a drag performer at the house Allen and Jim were staying in, and saw actual real art (and we even bought some)! And at dinner, we saw live music. Also, the town is really picturesque without being touristy. Some of my favorite photos came from here.

Trinidad

Trinidad

Street lady, Trinidad

Horse drawn cart in Trinidad

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