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Caridad del Cobre

Today we had a busy morning in Santiago, and a relaxing afternoon at the bay. Our first destination was the Cathedral of Santa Maria, Caridad del Cobre. It is situated beautifully on a hill, near a copper mine  - del cobre -. The cathedral was visited by Pope John Paul II, and he adorned Maria with a small golden crown. It's a place of reflection and peace.

From there we visited the centre of Santiago and lo and behold agin, the slowly came to an end. Santiago is a bit dirtier and derelict than Havana, and I found the people less friendly. It had a feel of glory days gone by...

The afternoon we spend at the bay: first a trip by catamaran. Our lunch restaurant was on a small island in the bay, with specialty fish.

The catamaran took us out over the bay and back, to see the sea, have a view from the water of the castillo and just enjoy the sun.

After having seen the castillo from the water we also visited the Castille El Moro; what a difference with visiting a fort in Europe: we were allowed to climb and touch everything, ring the bell and enjoy local wild life: gecko's and iguana's.

The day came to a relaxing end with a splash at the pool, our farewell diner to our guide - tomorrow we're heading for 3 days at the beach - and farewell cocktails at the top bar - and some histirical laughs thanks to the elevator..but you had to be there to get it -

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Caridad del Cobre
Caridad del Cobre
Monument of Antonio Maceo
Monument of Antonio Maceo
the bay of Santiago
the bay of Santiago
our guide Magdiel
our guide Magdiel
Castillo El morro
Castillo El morro
find the gecko
find the gecko
view from the top
view from the top
last night with Magdiel
last night with Magdiel
Santiago de Cuba
photo by: boicot