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A little bit more on Trinidad

600_5252-s_wIn Trinidad you can still find houses built in the 17th and 18th century. You can easily distinguish between these houses: the houses built in the 17th century have wooden window gratings, while the window gratings at houses built in the 18th century are made of metal.

Another interesting thing is the good optical shape of the houses. The government grants the colorful painting to the house owners for i.e. good work (a reward system idea in communistic systems). But, here it works. As you can see, nearly all houses in the old town of Trinidad (and also in the other cities I visited) the houses are in good shape.


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In the old town


In my post last Tuesday I told about my walk in the park around the chateau. Today I continue that post by talking about the remaining time spent in the old town.

The town was founded back in the 9th century. Although it is that old there aren’t any remaining buildings from the medieval ages. Old documents show, that 1085 the first church existed. After several fires many parts of the town were destroyed. Even the church had to be rebuilt more than once. The current church was build back in 1842.

Once the town has had a surrounding wall. Today you can see remaining parts of the wall only in a short sequence, where it is used as a cellar wall of a house and in the names of two streets near the protestant church called (translated to english) upper wall street and lower wall street.

In the photo above you can see the two towers of the protestant church, the Christ Church. The catholic church, named after the virgin Maria, is not far away, but not in the photo. I guess, I’ll donate an own post for both churches, soon.

Have fun!

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Being in Trinidad

600_5201-s_wYes, I’m still in Cuba, even there is an island and an independent country with this name.

Trinidad is a quite old city, founded 1514 by the spanish colonists. It’s located at the west coasts in the middle part of Cuba. Trinidad lost its importance, when Cienfuegos grew, because Cienfuegos was founded at the ocean and got a harbour, while Trinidad is in the hills and approximately 10 km away from the ocean. Despite this distance, Trinidad was raided by pirates three times. (Do you remember the hollywood movies “Pirates of the Caribbean”?)

Trinidad was the 3rd city con Cuba and the spanish conquistadores started their conquest of Mexico here. Although the hope of finding gold in the hills didn’t become true, the city became very rich from growing sugar cane and the slave trade.

An interesting prove of the wealth of Trinidad is the pavement. All the stones used for covering the streets in the old town were imported from west africa and not taken from local stone pits!

Take care!

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Weekend wanderings

600_4325-e_wOn Saturday we had a wonderful warm and sunny late summer / early fall morning. That was a good opportunity to get my camera and have a walk in the park around the little chateau and afterwards in our old town.

In this first of two posts I have the photos taken at the chateau. Its roots are a medieval moated castle, built for safeguard merchant streets.

The oldest notes in official documents are dated back in the 14th century. That’s because two important merchant streets crossed here. The last private owner died back in 1962, so it’s owned by the city government now.

Today, there is a museum for local history and the city’s wedding room located in the chateau.  The moat still exists, although it’s quite hard, to keep it clean. Such a small standing water is always in risk to silt or to begin to stink.

The park is used by dog owners to walk their dogs or to promenade. In the lower part, there is a big playground with sandboxes, climbing frames, swings and a  ball games playground. On the other side of the park, there is a hospital.

Have fun!

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Palacio de Valle in Cienfuego

600_5150-s_wPalacio de Valle is an impressive building in Cienfuegos. It was built by the italian architect Alfredo Colli 1913 to 1917 following design ideas created by the moors, the arab people in Andalusia, Spain.

The first owner was a merchant, who sold it to a great land owner, who finished the villa. Later, it became a gambling casino owned by dictator Batistas brother. Today, you can find a restaurant and a hotel in it. As a visitor you can go and have a look at is. Some parts are open to the public. On the second floor you can find a café on the roof-deck with a great view on the Cienfuegos bay (Bahia de Cienfuegos).

The three different towers symbolize each a certain character: the gothic tower stands for strength, the indian tower stands for love and the moorish tower stands for religion.

Take care!

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He’s coming!

600_4067-e_wHe’s coming!
Slowly, but unstoppable.
He takes, but also gives back.
Taking the warmth, but giving color.
Taking sight, but giving silence.
Taking balmy nights, but giving shivering.
The fall!

When the fogs are coming, he has already come.
Sunny days, but not really warm anymore.
Instead, cold, clear and starry nights.
So, in the early morning you need additional, warm clothing.
But during the day, you feel reflections of the past summer.

Not long and the winter is around the corner!
Changing everything again.

So long, take a seat and enjoy the silence of a foggy morning at the lake. But, don’t forget to use a warm seat cushion and a blanket. 🙂

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At the flea market

600_4243_wToday was flea market day. Twice a year on a Sunday we have a big flea market here, organized by the city development organization. This time, the flea market was held for  the 75. time. Every year in May and in October it takes place. People search at their attic, in the wardrobes and the cellar, for stuff to sale. They rent a space in the streets an on huge parking lots.

The official start is at 6 o’clock in the morning, but many people set their stands up earlier in the night.  The first customers also come in these early hours to make their bargains. You can find nearly everything: clothes, shoes, toys, oil painting, antiques, used cell phones, computer parts, books, records and many other stuff, you won’t think of.

Certainly, a flea market also has a few booths, where you can by some sweets, beer, coffee, crepes, french fries and grilled sausages.

Today, the weather was not that good. Although there was no rain, but it was quite cold. Only 8°C made the salespeople at their stands feel very cold. And, because of the weather I guess, there were fewer visitors at the market, as usual, when it is warmer. So, bad luck. When I was at the market at noon time, I saw several people packing their stuff back in the boxes to bring it home again. Usually the market closes at 6 p.m and the first people start packing the boxes at approximately 5 o’clock.

Today’s gallery is quite long again. I hope, you enjoy it anyway.

Take care!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Infinite

dsc_3439-e_wThis weeks assignment at “The weekly Photo Challenge” is “infinite” on in other words “without an end”.

I took the first photo in an abandoned coke oven plant.

I love such places. Unfortunately, they are rare and hard to find. And, most important, usually it’s illegal to break in such buildings. But, here we got permission to go and visit.

Have fun!

Maybe you’re also interested in my other series. Currently I run a series on Cuba on Thursdays as well as changing topics on Tuesdays.

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Teatro Terry in Cienfuegos

600_5104-ec_wHere we have the theatre of Cienfuegos. It’s called after Tomás Terry, a very rich sugar cane plantations owner originally from Venezuela. It’s built at the end of the 19th century following the neoclassical principles, just like many other parts of the old town of Cienfuegos.

In a painting at the ceiling right above the stage in front of the curtain, you can find “1889”. I don’t know, if this is the finishing year or the founding year. But, having in mind the founding year of the town, 1881, this is a very interesting connection.

There’s room for about 900 visitors in the theater and it is still used i.e. for piano concerts. Although there are chairs in the parquet and on the upper floor tiers, the loges don’t have seats. I guess, that’s because there is no need for upper class loges in a communist country.

As I mentioned earlier, here we also had to pay an additional fee (5 CUC) for the allowance to take photographs. The entrance fee for the theatre instead was covered by our tour guide.

Come, take a break, and enjoy the architecture of a past epoch of glamour and glory for the rich and upper class members, but hard hand work for the others.  You can find this kind of architecture in many places in Europe. But, would you have expected to find it in Cuba? I didn’t!

Take care!

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Walking around in Fourqueux

600_3499_wFourqueux is a small city near Paris, as I mentioned earlier. An, even it has a modern part, the older part is the more interesting. So, here I have some photos for you, taken in the older (upper) part of Fourqueux and the church.


This is the last part of this small series on my trip to Fourqueux 3 Weeks ago.

The other series, focused on Cuba, will go on for some more weeks. So, stay tuned.

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600_5114-e_wCienfuegos is a quite young city. It was founded in 1881. When looking on a map, you can see, that this city is built by following a plan. The avenues and the streets forming a pattern. This plan was set up for the rebuild (1825) after a heavy storm, that destroyed nearly the complete old residential area. 1829 the rebuilt settlement got the new name Cienfuegos, derived for the spanish governor José Cienfuegos. In 1881 the settlement received the town carter.

We only were a few hours in this city for visiting the theatre located at the Parque José Martí, a nice and big square. Even it is called “Parque” (= park), I’d call it a square with some trees and other plants. When talking about a park, I have another idea how it should look like. On one of the small sides, you can find an arc de triumph build by french settlers for commemorating their origin.

Opposed to the arc you can find a very nice building, the Casa de la Cultura Benjamin Duarte. On the opposite side of the square you can find the Cathedral de la Purisma Conception.

In my next post I’ll show you the theatre en detail.

So stay tuned.

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A french market

600_3932_wLuckily the sun was back this morning. So, I was happily looking forward to the visit at the market scheduled for this morning. I guess, I won’t be fun, if it had rained like the day before, when we were in Paris.

When I was in Brittany and in the Normandie, we were looking for such a local market, but we were unable to find one or we were too late. So, I was quite happy, to have now the opportunity to visit a market. Stéphane at includes every now and than photos taken at his local market (i.e. here). So, I was quite curious, what I’d see.

Lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, fresh fish, seafood and meat, spicery, cheese, eggs, clothes, hats, shoes, jewelry, bakery products, coffee, tea, cooked meals, crepes, furniture and many more. I expected to find the fresh foods. and maybe clothes, but there were so many other things to buy (and to see). It was really amazing.  And it was very interesting.

Here we also have such markets held once or twice a week. But here the diversity of products is way smaller even on big markets. Here they usually focus on fresh stuff like fruits, vegetables, fish, cheese and meat. complemented by cleaning stuff and sometimes table cloths. Usually you can find two or tree stands of one kind, but that market had so many to offer. I guess, there were more than 5 stands offering fruits and vegetables and at least 5 other stands offering fresh fish. Nearly every product group was at least twice at that market, even the square isn’t that large. Wow!

Thus, today’s slideshow is quite long – sorry.


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