A Trip to Cuba, Part 3

Hanabanilla

We arrived at Hotel Hanabanilla in the afternoon. The hotel is on the shore of a large lake created by a dam, which is close by. It is built in two parts with small bridges between them and has very comfortable rooms each with a small balcony with a view over the lake.

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View from one of the small bridges between the two parts of the hotel.

The rest of that day felt like a slow Sunday. While eating some sandwiches for a late lunch, we were entertained by some chickens chasing each other for a piece of ham dropped by a waiter. When I went to my room later, I was pleased to find that they had hot water in the shower.

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The very empty pool. It seems like it was being repainted.

 

I woke to birdsong and strong sunshine the next morning.

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From the balcony of my room.

After breakfast, we went for a walk up the only footpath we could find. Maybe it is the only one there I; we could not see any others on the map, they had on the wall at the reception, and the hotel shop did not sell any maps of the area.

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I saw this tree on the way. It has some kind of fruit or nuts on it, but I don’t know what it is. If you know, please tell me in the comments.

We saw lots of vultures. Three of which sat on the path right in front of us until we came too close and they flew away.

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If you zoom, you can see one spreading its wings, another behind it and a third to the right.

 

Halfway up the hill we found an orange tree, with green turning orange fruit hanging from the branches. In several places, we crossed withered palm leaves, at least two meters long. A humming bird flitted about a bush, but it was gone before I could get my phone out.

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The hotel in the middle and the dam to the right.

All in all, it was a great experience to see their rain forest, and I would have liked to see more, but the next day, we took a taxi to Trinidad.

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The horses seemed to enjoy the place too.

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I found these outside the hotel. I don’t know who they belonged to.

Trinidad

Our casa particular in Trinidad was filled with stairs and bright colours.

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The winding stair leads to the terrace and more rooms.

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The first level of terrace. The next is up the stairs to the right.

We went to Plaza Major, where there were many beautiful old buildings. Then we went for a walk around the church. We found many galleries in Trinidad (also in Habana, when we went back there) and the paintings were of many different things and in many different styles, but it did seem like most of them used bright colours.

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We went up a bell tower, but did not see much of the museum on the ground floor, because they were closing when we got down.

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We went up as far as we could get.

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The bells! The bells!

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From the tower. The forest is not that far away.

As the sun set, live bands began to play in all the cafés and restaurants. We ate our dinner listening to Guantanamera and Muchos Besos.

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If you are a fan of old cars, Cuba is the place to go.

To be continued…

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