Trinidad de Cuba is the subject of most of Chapter 8 of the Cuba Libre story.
Trinidad has been a UNESCO World heritage site since 1988, so some money is being put into restoration of this rather lovely colonial city. As a result, much of the old city is well preserved, although some of the non tourist areas are a bit run down.
We spent most of the day in Trinidad and here are some photos from that time.
This first photo, taken from the bus as we arrived, shows a residential road on the outskirts of the city. The second shot is also taken from the bus as we approach the centre of the city, where we were to begin our walking your.
It probably makes sense to push the bike over these cobbles as I bet it would be a bit of a boneshaker to ride.
The last image is a glimpse in through the door of one of the bodegas, or ration shops, and the next three are of the inside of another similar bodega. In these image we can see something of the types of goods that can be purchase against a Cuban ration book.
The barrotes or window bars seen throughout Trinidad do not have glass behind them, thus allowing air to circulate throughout the buildings. I believe that the wooden barrotes date back to the 18th century, but have progressively been replaced since then by iron ‘grills’. In this photo, wooden shutters can also be seen behind the barrotes.
Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco and a couple more shots that caught my eye before leaving Trinidad.
Next time, we will be off towards our final stop on this holiday, via the town of Santa Clara, the last resting place of Che Guevara. Please come back soon and take a look.