Santiago de Cuba and goodbye Irene...
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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 -