Published: May 5th 2012May 5th 2012
We arrived Santiago de Cuba, no problems, flight was about one and half hours, though the plane wasn't great got here safely. It is quite hot here 3-4 degrees hotter than Havana and a bit more humid, countryside quite hilly around Santiago de Cuba. Hotel is very clean and comfortable, all built I reckon in the 50's then JUST maintained from there, all hotels are state run and most of the restaurants are too! Very hard to find decent restaurants down here. Spent arvo visiting museums etc all very interesting. After dinner watched a baseball game with our guide JJ, a few rums later retired for the night.
Went to visit very museum to do with revolution, also had a tour of a cigar factory, no bags, cameras etc allowed in the factory. Santiago de Cuba seems very musical with guitar players and dancers everywhere in restaurants and on streets. Had a couple of hours in the arvo to have a swim (yes this place has a pool, a concrete one very 50's), then to sunset at an old fort on the cliffs a few ks out of town where they have a ceremony each night
SANTIAGO de CUBA
Sunset ceremony with cannon firing at the Fort
the scenery was magnificent, then out for dinner to a private restaurant that JJ found for us but not great. We have a 5 hour drive tomorrow stopping at a few places along the way and no internet for the next day or 2.
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