Cienfuegos, Cuba with Chanel the Bear

Today Chanel the Bear and her group will spend the day in the port of Cienfuegos, Cuba.   She has sailed the eastern and northern coast of Cuba and is now back on the southern coast.   Cienfuegos is on a beautiful bay.   This is the last port for Chanel and her group of tourists.   Walking through the streets of Cienfuegos, Chanel saw this lady ironing.

Lady ironing in Cienfuegos, Cuba

If one must iron clothes, this is a beautiful environment to do so.   Further along this street artist was painting and chatting with tourists.

Street artist, Cienfuegos, Cuba

And this is something seldom seen in the United States now.

Phone booths, Cienfuegos, Cuba

Phone booths.   Before cell phones were invented and so readily available, public pay phones were plentiful.   Phone booths were a common sight, but not now.   It is nice to see these memories of the past still being used.   This is how my friend, Chanel the Bear, spent part of every day.

Chanel reading daily program

Chanel would always lay in bed and read the daily ship bulletin.   Great idea, Chanel.   There is such great  information in the bulletins.   When leaving Cienfuegos, Chanel and her mom, the Tour Manager, will sail back to Montego Bay, Jamaica.   This cruise will end and happy tourists will return to their homes.  Thanks, Chanel, for the great photos.   It was taking us on the cruise with you.   Chanel and her mom had back to back tours from Montego Bay.   Chanel’s mom works for Friendly Planet tour company.   You can get more information about tours to Cuba at http://www.FriendlyPlanet.com    As I am writing this, Chanel and her mom are on another cruise around Cuba.   We loved our Cuban tour and hope you will visit Cuba soon.

More Cienfuegos, Cuba with Zeb the Duck

Arriving at La Sociedad Grafica de Cienfuegos

School of graphic design

School of graphic design

I, Zeb the Duck, spotted this motorcycle.  Like any guy, I asked my friend Channel, to go for a ride.

Zeb and Channel ready to ride

Zeb and Channel ready to ride

Here we are on the motorcycle.  But we do not have the keys.

Inside this school, we see some finished work

Inside the school

Inside the school.  The Working Class Herd

and listen to the plans and accomplishments of the school and the students.  The Sociedad Grafica de Cienfuegos is similar to a City College.   The print shop’s mission is to provide activities and support for children with Down’s syndrome.  The finished pieces were created here, with this equipment.

Work area for students

Work area for students

The students and faculty are very talented and dedicated.

We cross the patio to enter the gallery or sales room.   Many paintings are available for purchase.  There are masterpieces available in the patio also. Here my friend, Connie, admires some pieces of art.

Connie admiring art

Connie admiring art

Leaving the school we admire the murals on the buildings.

Murals by school in Cienfuegos

Murals by school in Cienfuegos

I think the Cubans like to paint

Street art

Street art

and I believe they are very good artists.

On building near school in Cienfuegos, Cuba

On building near school in Cienfuegos, Cuba

Santos drives through Cienfuegos to Punta Gorda and the Palacio del Valle.

Palacio del Valle at Punta Gorda

Palacio del Valle at Punta Gorda

We will eat lunch in the restaurant here.

I am getting hungry

I am getting hungry

This building was constructed between 1913 and 1917.   Near the entrance, I spot a resting place for me.  Short duck legs require many resting spots and this one is perfect for me.

Zeb the Duck at rest

Zeb the Duck at rest

We enjoyed a delicious fish lunch and then wandered through the Palacio del Valle.

Palacio del Valle has a gorgeous upper patio.  If there were more time, later I would ask for a drink and snacks here.

Beautiful area

Beautiful area and ready for a snack

But we return to Havana tonight, so no snacks here today.  From this patio the views of the Caribbean Sea are wonderful.

Bay of Cienfuegos, part of the Caribbean Sea

Bay of Cienfuegos, part of the Caribbean Sea

This building has restaurants, patio with bar and food, a museum and rooms for rent.  Palacio del Valle is beautiful.  I hope you visit here soon.

Next time I will share more adventures in Havana, Cuba.  Cuba is a new experience for this duck and my human.  To visit and experience Cuba, check out http://www.FriendlyPlanet.com    You will enjoy your time in Cuba.

Cienfuegos, Cuba with Zeb the Duck

While Santos drove us from Trinidad to Cienfuegos, Alejandro answered our questions about life in Cuba.  He also told us about Benny More, a famous Cuban musician from Cienfuegos.   Benny More is often considered the greatest Cuban popular singer of all time.  He possessed a fluid tenor voice, which he colored and phrased with great expressivity.  Benny More formed and led the leading Cuban big band of the 1950s until his death in 1963.

Here I am with Benny in Cienfuegos.

Benny More and Zeb the Duck in Cienfuegos, Cuba

Benny More and Zeb the Duck in Cienfuegos, Cuba

I am sitting on the end of Benny More’s signature cane.  That is not a cigar under my feathers.

Walking through Cienfuegos, I liked this mural.

Mural in Cienfuegos, Cuba

Mural in Cienfuegos, Cuba

This is some of what I saw on the street. Notice the telephone booths.

A main street in Cienfuegos

A main street in Cienfuegos

Cienfuegos, Cuba

Cienfuegos, Cuba.  People, truck, bicycle and horse u

So many friendly people.

We stopped in the Hotel la Union.  Such a pretty hotel.  This restaurant was inviting,

Lovely restaurant in Hotel la Union.  Cienfuegos, Cuba

Lovely restaurant in Hotel la Union. Cienfuegos, Cuba

but mom said we were having lunch later.    She purchased a couple bookmarks.  One is still marking pages in our Cuban guidebook from Lonely Planet.

Jose Marti Park is very nice.  I especially liked this tree with the bumps on the trunk.

By Jose Marti Park in Cienfuegos

By Jose Marti Park in Cienfuegos

Here I am with Jose Marti, a revolutionary and philosopher.

Jose Marti and Zeb the Duck in Cienfuegos, Cuba

Jose Marti and Zeb the Duck in Cienfuegos, Cuba

Cienfuegos was founded in 1819 by Don Louis D’Clouet, a Frenchman from Louisiana.  Others followed but the settlement was destroyed by a hurricane in 1821.  The city was rebuilt and named Cienfuegos after the then governor of Cuba.  In 1957 officers at the local naval base staged a revolt against Batista sealing the place of the city in revolutionary history.

In 2005 UNESCO named the center of Cienfuegos the best example of 19th entry early Spanish Enlightenment in urban planning.

This is one of several old colonial buildings in Cienfuegos.

Cienfuegos

Cienfuegos