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Everything Great but the Hotel

Camaguey, Cuba

Our journey from Trinidad to Camaguey was a few hours long and stopped at a "truck stop."
Roadstop Art

Roadstop Art

Remains of Old Sugar Mill

Remains of Old Sugar Mill


Cactus Fence

Cactus Fence


We arrived just as the sun was floating down.
Evening Begins

Evening Begins


Our hotel had a rooftop bar and seating area.
Sunrise over Camaguey

Sunrise over Camaguey


The Gran Hotel is in a perfect location near a plaza and on the boulevard, but this is where I had that terrible room for which I had to pay the single supplement. However, the nice big rooms are on the boulevard side of the hotel and many folks with the beautiful spacious rooms complained about the revelers. In the smaller towns and rural areas the cocks crowed at 5 AM; here the music and party-goers were going until almost that time - it is hard to please everyone all the time.
But, I still enjoyed my time here and would recommend the hotel for the location - unless you can locate a good particular (B and B) or a smaller smaller hotel for those of you not on a tour.
We were free to visit around the city on our own a bit.
Colonial Architecture

Colonial Architecture


A Hero in Every Plaza

A Hero in Every Plaza

Arts and Crafts in the Plaza

Arts and Crafts in the Plaza


Peeking in the Garden

Peeking in the Garden

Gato Azul Gallery

Gato Azul Gallery

Mabel Gives Me a Haircut

Mabel Gives Me a Haircut


We also went to the people's market. I think some of the vendors are entrepreneurs and some of the stands are owned by the government.
Produce Market

Produce Market

Pig's Feet Vendor

Pig's Feet Vendor

Minding the Market

Minding the Market

Garlic Aisle

Garlic Aisle


I bought some bananas from a man who sells the bananas from his own tree.
Banana Stand

Banana Stand


Hardware Stand

Hardware Stand

Everywhere

Everywhere


We visited a professional ballet company , the Ballet of Camaguey. Most of the members were touring, but we watched practice sessions and had a discussion session with the operations manager. The huge mansion and property had been her family's private home. She gave it to the government for use as the ballet company.
At the School of Ballet Arts

At the School of Ballet Arts


Be sure to visit Plaza del Carmen and the gallery of the artist Martha Jimenez, who has received UNESCO recognition for her work and the plaza that houses much of her work. We were lucky enough to have a visit with the artist. I purchased two small plaques. She does large sculpture, oils, prints - very talented and personable.
The Gossipers

The Gossipers

Spouses

Spouses

Public Art and Delivery Transport

Public Art and Delivery Transport

Plaza with Marta's Works

Plaza with Marta's Works

Our journey took us to the King Ranch. We had a guide who had worked there his whole life (I don't know if this link has anything to do with him) and saw a rodeo demonstration.
At the King Ranch

At the King Ranch

On the Ranch

On the Ranch

Rodeo at the King Ranch

Rodeo at the King Ranch

Rodeo Cattle

Rodeo Cattle


It is also possible to participate in this event as a tourist center-sponsored tour out of Camaguey.
Part of the tour takes you to a village where many of the residents are workers on the ranch.
Entering the Village

Entering the Village

Country Village

Country Village

Coolest Spot in Town

Coolest Spot in Town

Behind the Village

Behind the Village


Pastoral Scene

Pastoral Scene

Laundry in the Village

Laundry in the Village

In the Village

In the Village

Flowers on a Fence

Flowers on a Fence

For Diarrhea

For Diarrhea


We visited the school and had a cup of coffee and hand-pressed sugar water at a local home. They do not bet, but the children stand and hand you flowers. Had I known, I would have taken a bag of treats. Road Scholar does leave a donation for the school. Although initially you feel you are infringing on the people's privacy, they have actually organized this as a tourist activity and receive some monetary benefit from it. The local guide told me not to feel bad about touring this village and not having a personal gift. "This village gets more than any other surrounding village because they have a business."
I am sure this village is a bit tidier than the others, but it is still typical of many rural villages in this province and a delight to visit.
Here Chick Chick

Here Chick Chick

Headed Out to Pasture

Headed Out to Pasture

For Dinner Not Pets

For Dinner Not Pets


Village Yard

Village Yard

Village Homes

Village Homes

Village Home-001

Village Home-001

Village Home

Village Home

Verdant Garden

Verdant Garden

To Be Fattened

To Be Fattened


Back at the ranch, we were hosted to a very delicious pig roast.
Roasted Pork

Roasted Pork

Please Drop Some

Please Drop Some


While in Camaguey, we ate at several fine restaurants and were entertained by musicians at each.
Very Fine Jazz Musicians

Very Fine Jazz Musicians

Sr o Sra

Sr o Sra


This was also the town where I observed the morning trash pick-up. The horse would patiently stand in the street while people brought their trash out and dumped it in the wagon and as the driver went to some of the doors and received the trash in a bucket.
Trash Pickup

Trash Pickup


I also observed someone receive a citation for, apparently, being more reckless than the trashman.
Traffic Violation

Traffic Violation

Posted by pscotterly 06:51 Archived in Cuba Tagged cuba

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