Islazul Pasacaballo Hotel
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... the radio mast. We all enjoyed a cold beer and water there, bought from the lone caretaker of the radio mast.
After a sweaty walk back down the hill we decided on soup and piņa colada for lunch, and we chatted to an English couple who seemed to have been around Cuba fairly fast and were disenchanted with the state of the roads etc. We thought this all a bit strange as they were much as we expected.
We enjoyed a tour of a local ...
... like a piece of tropical forest.
We took off for the money exchange, which took a bit of time to find, and for the first time the official there tried to shortchange us. The plaza showed that it is the anniversary of Trinidad, 500 years - 1514 to 2014. We stopped at a very posh colonial coffee shop, we were so intrigued by it that we managed to leave a bag behind. Fortunately the waiter kept it safe for ...
... had all their terminals in use. We gave up and walked on towards the plaza, walking along a street where there were lots of craft stalls and going down to the waterfront again. Retracing our steps we arrived at the Parquet Jose Martin were there are some very large and grand buildings, the theatre, a college, a cathedral and Museo Provincial. We went into this and looked at pre-Columbian and subsequent artefacts, and some very large reddish colored ...
... a quick tour around the town and are particularly impressed by the 1889 Tomas Terry theatre in the square. Tomas was a pirate who when he retired he funded the building of the Theatre which is still putting on plays and concerts, Caruso and even Elvis has played there. It seats 900 people in 3 tiers a bit like the globe theatre but still has all the original seats and decor. On we go to Trinidad. The Ukrainians are not happy as they have been booked into a ...
... City Hall. Not only that, but some of the city's main shopping streets branch out from the square, so you can look into some of the shops to see what locals actually pay for such things as food, clothing, and basic electrical appliances - definitely a good lesson in Cuban economics.
The highlight of today was in the afternoon, when we visited two separate local performance groups. The first was a professional a ...