Auténtica Trinidad (Cuba)

Typical streetscape.

It was difficult trying to keep pace with the tour guide as I often wanted to stop to take photos of this quaint Spanish colonial town. I traversed the uneven cobblestone streets in a zig-zag pattern finding solace in the shade to escape the burning sun and all-engulfing humidity.

cobblestone street

Trinidad, a World UNESCO Heritage site, was founded in 1514. Remnants of Spanish architecture abound in the many churches, plazas, and palaces. 

The town is not far from the ocean, and occasionally a stiff breeze swept through town providing temporary relief to us tourists unused to such searing heat and humidity. Yet I warned others not to complain of the heat as winter is just around the corner.

Palacio Brunet, 1704

Many of the small palaces were once owned by sugar barons and there are several museums that house items owned by the many different owners down through the years. Above is a courtyard in the Palacio Brunet—a very ornate palace indeed.

Museo Romántico

There are many charming little paladars (private restaurants) dotted throughout this tiny town. We were lucky enough to have reservations in Sol Ananda where we were seated at a long, formally set table surrounded by antiques in a 17th century building. We all agreed that we should have been formally dressed as well!

old style transportation–horses and donkeys!

Trinidad is about a four and a half hour drive from from Havana. So it was refreshing to be out of the hustle, bustle (if you could describe Havana as such) of the city. We were surprised to see men atop horses or donkeys clip-clopping down the cobblestone streets—it really brought you back in time. Between the vintage cars and the horse-drawn buggies, Cuba is a veritable time-warp.

man selling birds

Charming just cannot describe Trinidad adequately. Just like this old gentleman selling birds in bamboo cages, every aspect of the town began to captivate me.

love the juxtaposition

I was happy to learn that cars and tour buses were not allowed to drive on the cobblestone streets. I’d be quite disappointed if progress were to have any negative impact on Trinidad.

getting help from abuelita

I would have loved to have had more time to spend here but as it is, Americans don’t have the freedom to travel to Cuba unless they have a specific license from the U.S. Government, which we did. Someday, someday . . . 

Daily Gratitude: fairly mild weather for November; ripened green tomatoes from our garden; chrysanthemums still flowering in the garden

Quote of the Day for YOU: Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.  ~Oscar Wilde

© Teresita Abad Doebley All rights reserved 2009-2012.


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