Our Last Day in Trinidad Cuba

Our last afternoon in Trinidad mom and Connie went to the beach.  They rode in an old classic car for a taxi.  But you will never guess what happened.  Mom forgot the camera and me.  She was hurrying, and I did not get to go.  But Connie did have a camera, so this is what they saw.  I was excited to see it also.

Sandcastle on Playa Ancon

Sandcastle on Playa Ancon

They went to Playa Ancon, which our guidebook said is the best beach on the southern coast.

Ancon Beach

Ancon Beach

End of the day at the beach

End of the day at the beach

Looks great!

When they retuned, mom took me to the lobby of our hotel.  Are these presents for me??

Wrapped gifts in our hotel lobby.  For Zeb?

Wrapped gifts in our hotel lobby. For Zeb?

We stayed at Iberostar Trinidad.   This is a nice hotel on a town square.  The lobby looks very pretty.

Lobby of Iberostar Trinidad hotel

Lobby of Iberostar Trinidad hotel

From our central location, we walked on our tour of the city.  We really like this hotel.

One evening we returned to the Plaza Mayor area and listened to music on the stairs I showed you a few days ago.  We heard a group of musicians play and people started dancing.

Music and dancing

Music and dancing

It was very nice and a lot of fun.  Then another group of musicians played and professional dancers performed for us.

More music and dancing

More music and dancing

We liked it all.

Before we left Trinidad in the morning, mom and I walked more streets to further experience this city.  These are public telephones.

Public telephones

Public telephones

I never saw public or pay phones before.  Telephone booths were everywhere before cell phones were widely used.  Across the plaza from our hotel we saw children waiting to enter the school.

Almost time for school

Time for school

This church across the park from our hotel seems serene.

Church in Trinidad Cuba

Church in Trinidad Cuba

The old car parked on the street

Classic car

Classic car

and the horse cart,

Ready for the day

Ready for the day

moving down the street, are morning activities in Trinidad.   I am on a bench by our hotel.

Relaxing on a park bench by Iberostar Trinidad hotel

Relaxing on a park bench by Iberostar Trinidad hotel

I will miss Trinidad, but am looking forward to visiting Cienfuegos, Cuba.

Trinidad Cuba Valley de los Ingenios

On the bus and ready for lunch.  I, Zeb the duck, on my way to Hacienda de Manaca Iznaga for lunch.

Lunch will be here.  What is a trapiche???

Lunch will be here. What is a trapiche???

Riding through the country and watching the lush vegetation, I learn that this was once a center of sugar cane production.  In the early 19th century hundreds of French refugees fled Haiti and set up about 50 small sugar mills in this Valley de los Ingenios.  Soon this region produced a third of Cuba’s sugar.

Here we are, ready for lunch.  We sat outside near the gardens.

I love eating outside

I love eating outside

A very beautiful and peaceful setting.  While we waited for our food, these musicians entertained us.

Cuban music for us while dining.  Wow!

Cuban music for us while dining. Wow!

It was very nice.

After our delicious lunch we inspected this trapiche.

Trapiche used here here ago

Trapiche used here here ago

The trapiche was used to extract juice from sugar cane.  The force or power for this tapiche was often provided by animals, but not by ducks.

We ate outside, enjoying the fresh air, but as we walked through the restaurant, I loved these table decorations.

I am on the table with these ladies

I am on the table with these ladies

So much a part of a vacation experience.

Some vacation memories

Some vacation memories

I am a very happy duck today.

This tower was used during the sugar cane plantation days.  At the top is my friend Barbara.

Barbara is way up there

Barbara is way up there

She climbed all the way to the top.  Wow Barbara!  These friendly people were selling craft items

Crafts available here

Crafts available here

and linens.

Beautiful linens

Beautiful linens

They were beautiful.  I like to see all the items for sale.

Time to get back on the bus now.  We are going to visit Casa del Alfarero, a pottery house.  The Santander Family founded this pottery house and they have produced pottery here for generations.  We love family businesses.

Here the gentleman shows how to make pottery.

Casa del Alfarero pottery house

Casa del Alfarero pottery house

He makes it look so easy.  Now he asks if anyone else has ever made pottery.  Here is my friend Susan.

My friend Susan is very talented.

My friend Susan is very talented.

She is making pottery.  She is very good.

There are many beautiful pieces of pottery to see and purchase.  Mom bought this mask and ashtray with a cigar.

Pottery mask and ashtray with a cigar.  So Cuban

Pottery mask and ashtray with a cigar. So Cuban

Pottery must be packed in checked luggage to go home, so we bought small items.  More about cigars later, when we visit the cigar factory and store.