|Musicians play in one of the squares. You can hear them if you click on the link below|
The atmosphere in Trinidad was decidedly different. It was very friendly and relaxed, prices were reasonable and not a single person hustled me or ripped me off. The scale was more human too, with most places within walking distance. Realising that I would lose at least one day, usually two every time I travelled by bus, I decided that it would be better to spend my limited time in Cuba visiting one or two places, rather than trying to cover a lot of ground. This UNESCO recognised World Heritage site was definitely worth a visit.
Horses and carts still ply the cobbled streets and they are still used for deliveries, not just for ferrying tourists.
|Main square in Trinidad|
|Horses and carts are part of a slower way of life|
|Beautiful mosaic work on a restaurant|
|Cooling off in a waterfall|
On the way back I had to run the gauntlet of the ladies selling handcrafts - they are renown for their fine lacework. After I had bought one small item from a heavily pregnant woman "for the baby," that was it. I was mobbed by all the rest offering 2, 3 and more for the same price as I had paid for the first. I ended up with five of these small placemats and nothing else, though they all tried to fit me for a blouse as well after I showed the slightest interest in one.
|View from the first level of the tower at the Valley des Los Igenios, another World Heritage site|