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A Touch of Colour in Trinidad.

Three Nights in Trinidad, Cuba.

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Our Taxi Vinales transfer dropped us off at our new accommodation - the Hostal Dr. Suarez y Sra. Addys, not far from the town centre. Our hosts were extremely welcoming and friendly. They helped us to our room with our luggage and brought us a welcoming glass of homemade lemonade. Our room was clean and comfortable with a fridge filled with drinks and a small safe. Just outside our room there was a large terraced area with rocking-chairs. We loved sitting here with a cold drink in the evenings, usually watching a thunder storm drawing in. Breakfasts here were wonderful and the food was much more plentiful than in Havana.

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Our room was colourful like the whole of Trinidad.

We were tired and hungry when we arrived in Trinidad after our long journey so we went out in search of a restaurant. The first one we found was called Cubita Restaurant Bar Santander and ironically, after later trying other places, we discovered this one we stumbled on by chance was way better than all the others we tried. We both had excellent meals, the service was good, as was the live music. I tried a local Trinidadian cocktail - the Canchanchara. This comes served in a terracotta pot. It is made of honey, rum, lemon juice and soda - quite soothing and refreshing but a bit sweet.

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Peter stuck to the local cristal beer.

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But I tried a Canchanchara.

Next day we set off to explore the town. We began at the heart of the town - the Plaza Mayor or main square. This is a beautiful open square surrounded by lovely, old, historic buildings and with a lovely statue-filled park in the middle. There are some stairs here permanently covered in people as it is yet another wifi hot-spot. The Iglesia Parroquial de la Santisima Trinidad, the largest of all Cuba's churches is located on this square as are several museums. We went inside this church and found it to be calm, peaceful and filled with beautiful paintings and carvings.

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The Iglesia Parroquial de la Santisima Trinidad.

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Inside the Iglesia Parroquial de la Santisima Trinidad.

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Inside the Iglesia Parroquial de la Santisima Trinidad .

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Your carriage awaits at the Plaza Mayor.

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Plaza Mayor.

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Plaza Mayor.

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Plaza Mayor.

We did not visit the museums on Plaza Major, but we did go into an old building at the bottom of it which is now used as an art gallery. This is called the casa de aldeman ortiz art gallery. It dates from 1809 that was once the home of Ortiz de Zuniga, a slave trader and mayor of Trinidad. From its first floor balcony there are lovely views over the square.

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In the gallery.

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In the gallery.

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In the gallery.

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In the gallery.

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In the gallery.

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View over Plaza Major from the gallery.

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Plaza Major.

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Plaza Major.

After leaving the Plaza Major we walked towards a building with a distinctive tower. It was once the Church and Convent of Saint Francis, but now houses the National Museum of the Struggle against Bandits. It dates from 1813. It is well worth coming here to climb the bell tower for spectacular views.

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The Church and Convent of Saint Francis.

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Musicians outside the church.

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Inside the museum.

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Inside the museum.

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Inside the museum.

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Inside the museum.

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View from the roof.

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View from the roof.

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View from the roof.

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View from the bell tower.

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View from the bell tower.

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View from the bell tower.

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View from the bell tower.

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View from the bell tower.

When we left the museum we sat in the shady square outside it for a while, then decided we would go into one of the cafes bordering the square. It was called Cafe Don Pepe. This turned out to be a lovely place and I was delighted to see several rather large lizards wandering around the vegetation in there. While Peter stuck to his beer, I decided to try another Trinidadian rum cocktail. This one was called a Trinidad Colonial. It is a mix of Grenadine, orange juice, rum, and Blue Curacoa. These ingredients don't mix and so the drink is made up of layers of bright colours. It tasted as good as it looked. I loved it. This and Cuba Libre were my favourite rum cocktails.

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Sitting in the square.

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Lizards.

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With my Trinidad Colonial.

After our drink we wandered away from the centre along a rather rough, uneven road that went up a hill. There were no tourists in this area, but plenty of locals were sitting outside or wandering around. We were also passed by more horses. There seem to be horses everywhere in Trinidad. From the hill there were good views over town, but we did not go too far as the path was difficult to walk on. When we came back down, we took a stroll through the market, which was filled with many different souvenirs.

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Locals wandering the town.

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Trinidad off the beaten track.

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Trinidad off the beaten track.

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Trinidad Market.

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Trinidad Market.

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More horses.

Next we walked to another of Trinidad's squares Plaza Carrillo. There is a government building here, called the assembly municipal, as well as a church and the Iberostar Hotel. In the centre of the square there is a shady park, perfect for sitting down in and watching the world pass by. After visiting this square, we went for dinner in a restaurant called Trinidad Colonial. We chose it because it looked like a lovely old building and had the same name as my delicious rum cocktail. However, the food here was cold, we were overcharged slightly on drinks, and naturally we made sure we deducted this from the tip. All in all it was not a patch on dinner the night before. The best thing about it was the live music, which was really very good.

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Plaza Carrillo.

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Trinidad Colonial.

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Trinidad Colonial.

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Trinidad Colonial.

Posted by irenevt 05:22 Archived in Cuba Tagged churches museums cuba trinidad cocktails colonial colourful

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Hubby seems to drink more than me ...haha
But unfortunately I'm off drinking at the moment because of my recent hospital surgery, on recommendation by the surgeon, guess I'm just envious!

by Bennytheball

Well, he certainly likes his beer that's for sure.

by irenevt

I note your husband's shorts matched the very colorful walls. Did he plan that? Aren't all the bright colors fun!

by Beausoleil

True, Sally they do. I doubt he planned it. Haha!

by irenevt

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