Thursday, April 25, 2013

Cienfuegos, Cuba

After Havana, we headed South to Cienfuegos. We stayed with another nice family. They didn't speak any English and we didn't speak much Spanish, so it was a little tough to get to know them but we had a great time with them nonetheless.

Cienfuegos is a small, quiet city with great 19th century Spanish architecture and some French influence, along with the Palacio de Valle which resembles an ornate Moroccan casbah. We did a lot of walking and exploring. It's a beautiful city, especially considering it was bombed during the Cuban Revolution in 1957 for uprising against Batista. It was a lot cleaner and more quaint than Havana. Neat little neighborhoods with 2 story homes and not much traffic. The center of the city and the beach were both a short walk from where we were staying.

One of the days here, we took a ride out to Playa Rancho Luna and spent the day scuba diving around a ship wreck and relaxing on the beach.

- Yuriy

Palacio de Valle-- easily the nicest hotel in town, built in a Moroccan style. We went to the rooftop for a drink and some live music.