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Central America Caribbean » Cuba » Centro » Trinidad March 13th 2011

Next morning we had to get up super early to have breakfast as our bus left at 7am. We left as the sun was risng. The bus to trinidad took all day, we arrived at about 4 (the timetable says arrival at 2, but we were late). We stopped at a few places on the way for food and bathrooms. The casa in Viñales had organised a casa in Trinidad for us and they were waiting for us with a sign once more. I went with the bags and the hostess on a bicitaxi to the casa while the boys walked. It was a bumpy ride as most of the streets are cobble stone. The room was up on the second floor with a kind of balcony that was the roof of the floor below. The ... read more
Museum in Trinidad
Museum
Museum

Central America Caribbean » Cuba » Centro » Trinidad January 24th 2011

Cuba surprises, on occasions frustrates, and sometimes just completely takes your breath away. After Vinales, we spent a week in the beautiful colonial city of Trinidad located on Cuba’s southern Caribbean coast. It is stunning – cobblestone streets, both restored and crumbling stone houses, and of course a beautiful stretch of Caribbean beach. It was once a wealthy Spanish town built on slavery and the sugar industry. It also has the apparently normal history for towns of this region of being plundered repeatedly by English pirates; some like Francis Drake were later ‘rewarded’ by the English with knighthoods. We managed to rent a whole house to ourselves – mainly to have some personal space which is not really something you have when staying in a normal casa particular (you are in the middle of a Cuban ... read more
Beach Soccer Trinidad
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Grooving in Santa Clara

Central America Caribbean » Cuba » Centro » Trinidad January 23rd 2011

People we have talked to tend not to rave about Cuba. Interesting and nice sums it up. Some of those who take tours seem not to get out and and about too much and there is sometimes a feeling that there are barriers between foreigners and tourists. After a week here we can understand the reactions we have seen and heard. Luckily for us though we are coming to a different conclusion. Not sure what it will be but, at this stage, it is all about difference. Cuba has had a communist government since the early '60s. Apart from the horns and tails, communists tend to have countries that are dull, grey and pretty boring with people scared to say anything that the government doesn't like. Right? Nothing will work and people won't really like having ... read more
Habana
Art Work On the School
University of Havanna

Central America Caribbean » Cuba » Centro » Trinidad June 18th 2010

Hello again beste lezer, ondertussen zitten we in Trinidad! Dit is een prachtige koloniale stat die in veel betere staat verkeert dan Havana. Mooie huizen met hoge plafonds en prachtige inrichting; luchters, 18de eeuwse zitbanken, pianos, ... echt heel mooi! Nu we dit gezien hebben, beslissen we om ook hier 2 nachten te blijven en pas morgen ochtend door te reizen naar Camaguey. Alweer een heel gezellige casa met rustige patio om wat te relaxen en bijzonder vriendelijke oudere uitbaters! s Avonds trekken we er nog even op uit en genieten bovenaan de trappen naast de kerk van een Cubaans optreden. Salsa dansen kunnen ze echt wel bijzonder goed, al goed dat wij kunnen toekijken vanop onze stoel. we keren terug, Anouk ontspant wat op de patio en ik zet me naast de oude man om ... read more
vanop het dorpsplein
de kerk van dichtbij
lizard showing off

Central America Caribbean » Cuba » Centro » Trinidad March 23rd 2010

Question: Where in the world can you visit a beautiful early 19th Century Italian styled theatre, recently restored by UNECSO, where you expect to buy paraphernalia about the building in its lobby and find only books on revolution, posters about revolution, pictures about revolution, postcards showing revolutionary figures and revolutionary music. Not a theatre program in sight ! Answer: Only in Cuba ! Flying to Cuba from The USA was a long convoluted process, not being able to fly direct of course. Amy and I parted for the first time since we met up in Borneo and it felt odd to say bye bye, if only for a short while. We both flew into Mexico City airport, 2 hours apart. I flew in first and waited for her at her arrival gate. Having met up, we ... read more
1950's motor
Cuba libra and mojitos - fantastic!
Son, son of son and sons dad.

Central America Caribbean » Cuba » Centro » Trinidad March 6th 2010

Videos se trouvent sur un lien au milieu de photos. For videos use the link below with the next photos. Le bus qui faisait Santiago Bayamo continuait jusqu’a Trinidad, petite ville touristique ou l’on devait se rendre. Un bicitaxi nous avait amene nos gros sacs a dos que l’on avait laisses a Rebecca, notre hote a Bayamo. Quelle organisation ! On arrive a Trinidad vers 6h30 du matin sans adresse particuliere. Plusieurs cubains qui avaient une casa particular attendaient le bus. Alors on a pris une casa a cote de la place centrale et l’accueil etait super. Trinidad etait tres jolie. Meme si c’etait une des villes les plus touristiques, cela restait tres agreable. On a loue des velos le 1er jour pour se rendre sur la cote a quelques kilometres de trinidad. Mais a la ... read more
Blue Blue Blue
Quelle plage
Sur le catamaran

Central America Caribbean » Cuba » Centro » Trinidad March 5th 2010

Photos by Berm; Text by Alison After spending a few days back in Havana, our plan was to head eastward along the island. The weather in Havana was much cooler than we had expected and we had heard from other travellers that it was warmer farther east along the island. That was all the encouragement that we needed to make our plans. We decided to head east in greater style than by the tourist buses (which are actually quite luxurious by Cuban standards) and so we splurged on one week of car rental. Our budget didn't allow for too much luxury though, so we selected the most economical car - one that was about the size of a tin can with wheels. I had a good laugh everytime Berm climbed into the driver's seat. He ... read more
A very informative road sign
So many to choose from...
Making the most of the patio at Playa Larga

Central America Caribbean » Cuba » Centro » Trinidad February 15th 2010

We got up early this morning and enjoyed some nice breakfast. It was great to wake up in a hotel in the middle of a forest, opening the window and seeing the beautiful flowers and plants. And we learned why it is called rainforest. On our way down from the mountains, the weather got better and the sun was actually coming out. We arrived in Trinidad before noon. Trinidad is UNESCO world heritage and in my opinion the most beautiful city in Cuba. We walked through the whole innercity and we went up the tower of the Ignesia y Convento de San Francisco, from where we could see the whole innercity. Later we visited the inside of the church and afterwards drove out of the city to an old sugar plantation. There we were able to ... read more
View from the mountains
Trinidad
Trinidad

Central America Caribbean » Cuba » Centro » Trinidad February 10th 2010

It’s challenging to describe Trinidad and not come across as an insensitive person but I guess the most effective way of stating them is to elaborate our experience as truthful as we can. After spending most of our time in all-inclusive areas, we set our sights on Trinidad, situated East of Varadero and Habana. We knew little of it nor have a clue what’s it known for. All we banked on is the idea that if it’s outside all-inclusive areas, we would hopefully get a better perspective of the real Cuba. As we drove along the paved and un-paved roads, loads of hitch hikers waited along. Our guide put it quite eloquently if I may say, “hitch hiking in Cuba is a national past time, almost comparable to Baseball”. He mentioned the wait can go long ... read more
Great customer service
Pedal power
The main plaza

Central America Caribbean » Cuba » Centro » Trinidad November 14th 2009

Viva Trinidad. I can't tell you how excited I was to see this spectacular spot on the planet. UNESCO you rock. Keep up the good work. By far my favourite in Cuba (so far), Trinidad is amazing, slightly more touristy, but quite literally frozen in time for 50 years. There is a photo opportunity around every corner. Every dog has an attitude. Trinidad is the epitome of what I thought Cuba would look like: cobblestone streets, men playing dominos under street-lamps late into the cool evenings, horse and carts clicky-clacking down the lanes, glorious white sand beaches only minutes away, red and orange tile roofs that sparkle in an evening sunset. It's all sensory overload. We lucked out again with our Casa Particular family too. Hortensia and Ricardo are the sweetest, friendliest people you could ever ... read more
catamaran ride
evening in trinidad
swim




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