Trinidad: Where benches look better than girls

In my last post I was giving you a couple of inspirations what to do during a one day stay in Havana. I’ve been road tripping Cuba for a week and I have to admit that there is only one serious competitor for Havana: Trinidad. This cute little town (50000 inhabitants) in the South of Cuba is so beautiful that even the benches look better than every girl who will ever sit on them.P1380495 2DSC_0455P1380368P1380362The best time to explore Trinidad is early in the morning, when the cruise ships and the tour busses from Varadero haven’t arrived yet. And you see authentic scenes like people standing in a line for milk, a gentleman listening to his canary bird (he called it “iPod cubano”), kids on their way to school, a dog waiting for someone to come along and bring some food, a pride knight on his donkey… They all will disappear later on.DSC_0594DSC_0583P1380375P1380388DSC_0603P1380405Plaza Mayor ist told to be Kuba’s most photographed square. And no matter how hard you try: the benches will always look prettier. So let your lipstick at home!P1380419P1380412P1380413DSC_0640DSC_0584P1380435 2P1380519P1380446P1380761P1380657When a girl turns 16 in Cuba, her parents organize a huge party to let her feel like a princess (a grown up princess). She wil proudly drive across the town in a decorated car with a private photographer – in case not every boy had a chance to see her like this… P1380465P1380734P1380894P1380757P1380546P1380595P1380573For a nice view over Trinidad and the mountains of Sierra del Escambray surrounding it, climb up the tower of Museo de Historia Municipal. It’s just around the corner from Plaza Mayor. P1380596P1380605P1380798P1380795To get an idea how the houses of colonial rulers used to look like from inside visit Palacio Cantero. It’s truly beautiful (if you don’t think about the way they made the money).P1380644Don’t know how the Cubans do it: The older they get, the cooler they look. P1380838DSC_0675P1380742P1380770P1380772DSC_0614P1380839DSC_0649DSC_0618P1380277We were staying at the Hotel Brisas Trinidad del Mar. The design was supposed to remind of the old town of Trinidad and they even had a tower where you could watch the sunset from. The hotel was located directly at the beach. But if you are looking for a really amazing beach, you should definitely visit Playa Ancon – it’s only 12 kilometers away from the city center. DSC_0741P1380286P1380918P1380932P1380912P1380960P1380281P1380305There are two places in Trinidad you should shake your tailfeather at: Casa de la Música and Casa de la Trova. Casa de la Música is not really a house, there are just stairs behind the cathedral with people dancing on them and some bands playing. Casa de la Trova IS a house, but people are dancing on the steet anyway. P1380315P1380330And this is the story behind this blurred picture: The lady was on her way to the exit , her chin up, looking at nobody. The man checked her out from head to toe, took a puff, put two fingers in his mouth and whistled. She turned around, smiled both in a cute and arrogant way and already wanted to keep on going. But he got up, took her hand, pressed his cheek on her’s and they started dancing. I mean: these guys were over 70! And at that moment I realized what I’ve been missing the most since my time in Mexico: THE GAME.

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