Of course I had to take photos of the "hustle and bustle" of the streets of Trinidad along our walk!
|The color of the uniforms indicate what grade the students are in|
|May I come inside?|
|We found this BEAUTIFUL ceramics shop. I meant to go back the next day to buy some stuff but forgot!|
|Keeping it colorful|
|There was always water in the streets and women were constantly pushing it out of their homefront with a broom|
|Cigarette factory - and it smelled SO awful!|
|Church from the plaza|
|Horse on the left|
|I love the cutouts on each side|
|Up the stairs to a gorgeous view|
|Puppies and chickens|
|View of the Valley|
|Sugar cane press|
Interesting note, at this point I was used to bathrooms with no seats and little to no toilet paper; but this one had them all beat! There was no handle to flush the toilet! After I squatted and drip-dried! Yeah, I was pretty happy to get to a US airport toilet! LOL
Our next stop was Sitio Arqueologico San Isidro de los Destilades, which was a former sugar mill and distillery.
|Old Baobab tree|
|Our guide mentioned a man living in the tower and then this little guy popped up! LOL|
|Original tower clock|
Our driver next took us to Manaca Iznaga, another former sugar mill plantation with an even more impressive tower still standing.
|The Iznaga Tower, built in 1816|
|Linens for sale along the walk to the tower|
|View as we climbed to the top|
|View of the Valle de los Ingenios|
|We stopped at another cigar shop and may or may not have purchased more cigars!|
We found ourselves at Bistro Trinidad which had a rooftop terrace. We ordered a light snack and Eric smoked a cigar - it was a perfect afternoon.
|We had the rooftop to ourselves|
|So, this lady was hanging her laundry on her rooftop...|
|To get up there, she climbed the ladder behind the red clothing, sat her laundry basket on the small tin roof, got on the rooftop, and grabbed her basket.|
|Cigars, bruschetta, cerveza, and rum ~ Cuba!|
|In the neighbor's yard|
Next we walked to Casa de la Musica where I found some curly-tailed lizards playing!
|People listening to some live music|
We then walked back to Casa los Mangos to get changed for dinner. Puppy was still waiting to be let inside!
As we set back out for dinner we had a beautiful sunset.
We went to the most popular restaurant in Trinidad, La Reduccion, where we had obtained a reservation the night before.
|Artwork in the front entry|
|They had the biggest bathroom! WITH toilet paper!|
|And a tub/shower!|
|Fiona assured me this was the best Pina Colada ever - and she was SOOO right!|
|Appetizer of bean dip, hummus, and tomatoes|
|Eric got the lamb burger|
|I got the seafood risotto|
|And then there was dessert!|
“People don’t take trips, trips take people.” – John Steinbeck
“If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home.” – James Michener