Trinidad de Cuba


dsc01412As I look back on my trip to Cuba I have to say that the town of Trinidad has to perhaps be the most memorable locale of the entire trip.  Havana certainly has its allure; the buzz of 1950s traffic, miles and miles of dilapidated grand buildings still in use, prime examples of architecture from multiple centuries, etc. But it was the place called Trinidad de Cuba that captured my heart.

While the clock stopped in 1959 in the rest of Cuba, it stopped in Trinidad in 1850.  The entire town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it is widely considered the best preserved colonial town in all the Americas. The whole town is an outdoor museum. At times the original cobble stone streets can be coffin-quiet with the only sound being the clop clop of horses hooves or the sing-songy sound of old men selling bread or fruit from bicycles.

Trinidad is also known for the music that wafts from many doorways and “casas de musica.”  Alas because of Fidel Castro’s death the night before we went to Trinidad (and the resulting moratorium on music for nine days of the official morning period nationwide) we did not get to experience this aspect of Trinidad.  But it’s magical all the same.  Take a look.dsc01383 dsc01386 dsc01397 dsc01398 dsc01399 dsc01400 dsc01409 dsc01411 dsc01413 dsc01414 dsc01416 dsc01417 dsc01419 dsc01420 dsc01421 dsc01422 dsc01424 dsc01425 dsc01426 dsc01434 dsc01436 dsc01439 dsc01441 dsc01443 dsc01444 dsc01446 dsc01448 dsc01453 dsc01454 dsc01455 dsc01457 dsc01467

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