The magician at the terrace bar was really good!

Trip Start Jan 01, 2014
Trip End Dec 31, 2014

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Sunday, June 2, 2013

June 2: Today was our morning flight to Santiago at 7AM, so we were up early.  Alexander called his taxi driver friend to meet us at the airport.  After checking into the B&B, we went to the bus station to buy tickets for Baracoa for the next day - a five hour bus ride - before we were dropped off at Casa Grande Hotel for cocktails on the roof bar.  It was nice and cool up there, and we were the only ones there!   

Our driver met us after a couple of hours, and drove us to catch a boat to an island where we had lunch.  The fried fish with Bucanero is the perfect match - with some salad.   

After we were dropped off at our B&B, we walked around town on the pedestrian street in Santiago.  Steve and I stopped at a jazz club bar, and had a beer.

As we walked towards Hotel Casa Granda for dinner, a band was playing in Parque Cespedes. We were entertained by the band and a magician of great skill.   He worked with water, balls, cards, and the mystery box that he invented in 1986. We've seen those before in Havana, and some in our group purchased them in January.   You're supposed to figure out how to open the box.

The Casa Granda Hotel faces Parque Cespedes and located in the center of town.  The Metropolitan Cathedral (Pope Benedict was here), the balcony from which Fidel Castro spoke before the Revolucion, and the History Museum all faces Parque Cespedes.   What was different this time was that all the huge trees in the park were all gone, and smaller ones in its place. Hurricane Sandy has done its destruction.  

While in and around Santiago, we observed uprooted trees - some real big ones!


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