Down by bayside. Cienfuegos.
From the square Marti take the calle 29 south through the market stalls (only clothes and souvenirs) to bayside. There is a jetty down there to walk out on and some old guys throwing a line or two into the water. Didn't see any caught fish though. Two old colourful colonial buildings house the Customs and the Post Office and also a view of the fishing port, but no access. Coming back there are some great views of the old Ayuntamiento and the Purisima Concepcion.
I'd never seen a motorbike/bicycle before this one in the 2nd pic. It is petrol driven but if the owner runs out of juice he still has pedal power on the other side, or perhaps he just uses the engine for going up hills ???
Cementerio de Reina, Cienfuegos.
Not a cement factory but the local cemetery. Founded in 1839 the statues and tombs have been gravely undermined by seawater and cyclones. There are still some in Carrara marble to look at though and also unique in Cuba, the small alcoves inserted in the surrounding walls devoted to those who died in the different wars of Independance (on both sides). There are also many French names beside the Spanish as French, originally from Bordeaux, and then from Louisiana came to help the building of Cienfuegos.The oldest tomb here now is from 1841, as many others have been broken up and removed after the various cyclones destroyed them. There is a legend attached to the "Sleeping Beauty" tomb, but you'll have to speak to Carmen about it.
If she is free, Carmen the local caretaker and custodian of the history of the cemetery, will take you round and give you some of the anecdotes of the place for a couple CUC, she speaks very good English.
Open from 8h00 - 18h00
Cubans National Game.
Cuba considers baseball its national sport. Since approximately 1865 or 1866 this sport has been practiced and has become part of the lives of most Cubans. On December 27th,1874, the first baseball game in Cuba took place in a field known as Palmar de Junco, in the province of Matanzas.
Cruise around the Bay.
It is called "The Pearl of the South" because of the impressive beauty of its bay; because of its seductive city which provokes the wonder of all who know it, and because of that innate nobility which characterizes those born in Cienfuegos.
Our Boat was named Marlene, the trip went around the bay and lasted approx 1 hour.
On board you could buy a drink and relax whilst watching the cuban sunset.
As we sailed there was a commentary on the history and skyline views of cienfuegos Bay.
includeing the fishermen.
Watch the world go by.
This photo was taken in the north side of Marti Park.
A young man riding his bike past The Arch de triumph.
The foundation of Cienfuegos occurred in 1819, when French colonists settled in it, calling it Fernandina de Jagua, in honor of King Ferdinand VII and because of its aborigine origin.
A rosette in the José Martí Park serves as a reminder of the place where the founding took place, and which served as the center for the urban design/layout. This park, which was the ancient Arms Square, is ample and rich in monuments, from which protrudes the only existing Arch of Triumph of Cuba.
Swim with the dolphins.Ben and Luna.
Sheer magic, the instructors were great, I was really worried about going in, but the Dolphins Ben and Luna were lovely.They swim up behind you and lift you out of the water.
Not to be missed you go in for your swim first then watch the show in the ampitheatre.
The swim costs 30cuc's, once you have done it there is a chance for a second go.
Dolphins and sealions show.
Is in the new Delfinario. Captive and trained dolphins and sea lions perform several times daily in the ampitheatre, in a saltwater lagoon.
This place is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9am to 5:30pm, and has a reasonably priced little restaurant.
Admission is 5CUCfor adults, 3CUC for children.
It will cost you an extra 1CUC to take photos, 2CUC to shoot video, and 3CUC to get a kiss with a dolphin.
A 15- to 20-minute swimming session with a dolphin costs 30CUC
CIENFUEGOS : NEOCLASSICAL DELIGHT
Cienfuegos is not overtly gorgeous or interesting but it is a pleasant place to spend, perhaps 2 days, to wander around.
The thing about Cuba is not really the impressive sights. To me, it is just hanging around town, learning new things here and there, talking to the locals, seeing how life is like for them, checking out the Cuban Peso stores to see what is for sale, etc...
Cienfuegos' layout is more or less like a grid. The east-west roads are called Avenidas and are even-numbered. The north-south roads are called Calles and are odd-numbered.
The neoclassical buildings are found more along Paseo del Prado or Calle 37. Part of this street is also the Malecon (sea-wall) that faces the Bahia de Cienfuegos.
A map would be convinient to see and have !
Cienfuegos has a uncomplicated layout: Paseo el Prado would take you North and South of the city centre with all the main attractions nearby. Tourist maps are scarce but at Delegacion Cubanacan on the corner of Prado and Ave 12 one can get one with some insistence: "oh, please, please, you must have one little map somewhere hidden and forgotten in a closet..."Related to:
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