Sep 10, 2012
Conrad, our driver, picked us up in a seven seater van and drove the 390 kms to Trinidad (view some images of Trindad) via Cienfuegos where we stopped for lunch in a charming building. We arrived in Trinidad in the late afternoon and headed for the 'Casa Particulares' that the others had booked. Unfortunately, or maybe fortunately, there were insufficient rooms for all of us to stay there and Jenny and I had booked into a hotel called the Iberostar. The proprietor of the home stay house was called Yolanda Maria and her house was remarkable. From the outside is was very plain but the inside was cluttered with 'objet d'artes' everywhere. We had a traditional dinner of chicken, lobster, rice, beans and cake for desert at Yolanda's before arranging for Conrad to take us back to the Iberostar. The Ibersostar was fabulous. We had a beautiful room and the attention to detail by the staff was outstanding. The towels on the bed were shaped in a heart with yellow and red rose petals scattered around.
The next day we drove through the mountains to Santa Clara. It was wonderful scenery with lush jungle and small villages along the route. Santa Clara was important in the 1960's uprising because a small number of fighters, led by Che Guevara, defeated a much larger force of Batista's army. We visited the memorial to Che Guevara and the museum which was underneath a large bronze statue of Che.
When we got back to Havana we ate at a beautiful roof top restaurant overlooking the water behind the hotel Santa Isabel. As usual we had chicken, lobster and rice and heard the 9.00pm canon firing. The walk back to the hotel was pleasant with the breeze blowing and the heat of the day had subsided.