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Click here for my bus trip from La Havana, Cuba to Cienfuegos, Cuba

CIENFUEGOS (100 FIRES)

(Pic. ocean at dusk.)
BAHIA DE CIENFUGEGOS

Approaching Cienfuegos.
(Pic. of rice paddies.) (Pic. of rail bridge passing over stream.)
(Pic. of green coloured house.) (Pic. of a red pickup, white buildings, green hedge.)
(Pic. of fresh earth gardern behind white fence.) (Pic. of small blue house in treed yard.)

Entering Cienfuegos.

(Pic. highway along the malacon.) (Pic. of eatery.)
(Pic. modern furnished living room.) (Pic. of fresh foods on a tall table.)
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PICTURES OF OLD CARS SEEN AROUND CIENFUGEGOS
(Pic. of pedicab.)
THE BUS STOPED AT A HOTEL - I WAS MET BY A PEDICAB
COURTESY OF THE CASA I WAS GONG TO STAY AT
(Pic. of piece of paper as a business card.)
ROBERTO'S BUSINESS CARD
(Pic. of street, buildings.) (Pic. of street, buildings.)
STREET OF THE CASA
(Pic. of front of building.)
FEFA AND IDE
(Pic. of sign over front door.)
MOTHER AND DAUGHTER
(Pic. 	.) (Pic. of back of buisness card.)
(Pic. interior looking from front door.)
INTERIOR FROM FRONT DOOR
(Pic. of lobby looking towards front door.)
LOBBY
(Pic. of my room looking from door at bed.)
MY ROOM
(Pic. of room with small fridge, messy bed.)
25cuc PER NIGHT
(Pic. of toilet and shower stall.)
SIMILAR SHOWER HEAD TO THE ONE IN LA HAVANA
BUT HIGHER FROM MY HEAD
(Pic. of sink and mirror.)
(Pic. horse and carriage on street.)
LIKE ANY GOOD HOTEL
TAXIS OUTSIDE THE MAIN DOOR

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(Pic. of street, large tree in front of building.)
(Pic. of street, horse and carriage, car, tractor.) (Pic. of street, horse and carriage, car.)

STREETS IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

(Pic. of street, passenger wagon, no horse.)
HORSELESS CARRIAGE (LOL)
(Pic. of buildings and street.)
(Pic. of buildings and street.) (Pic. of buildings and street.)
(Pic. of buildings and street.) (Pic. of buildings and street.)
CALLE GLORIA (49th ST.)

At the end of Calle Gloria on Ave. 5 de Septiembre, is a small park with a wall as a cenotaph.

The Wall is decorated with pieces of military equipment.

Old; shells, guns, tank treads, etc.

Next to the park was an ice cream parlour and a larger park with benches and trees (Shopping Mall Imago).

Many people would gather, night and day, at this park to sit on the benches, or lawn, and play on their electronic gadgets.

There was fairly good wifi signal in this spot and there were one or two gentlemen(?) who would wander about and offer to sell you wifi connection.

For 2cuc they will type in a code on your unit which will, supposedly, give you 2 hours of connection.

(Pic. of small park with wall adodrned with military artifacts.)
THE HOME OF THE REVOLUTION
THERE IS NO DOUBT OF THE COMMITMENT OF THE CITIZENS OF CIENFUEGOS
FIDEL CASTRO
(Pic. of small building covered with plastic sheeting.)
HAMBURGER STAND

Across the street from this park are 2 or 3 take out food stands and a small restaurant.

The stand on the corner had good food and great prices and I thought I had found a close place to have lunch or late night snacks.

The gentleman, and I use the term lightly, sells burgers, churros, sandwiches and drinks.

When I went there he was inside on the phone.

He was on the phone for a long time and never made motion to acknowledge that he had seen me.

I finally gave up and went next door to compare prices.

When I came back he was still on the phone.

Eventually, after other customers had arrived, he got off the phone and came to the counter.

Ignoring everyone he attended to his grill where several hamburger patties were overcooking.

Another, gentleman, rudely, came through a gate behind me and interrupted the cook.

They conversed for some time until some type of interaction was completed

Finally the cook turned to his customers, and completely ignoring me, who was fist in line, began to serve.

Eventually he got around to me and we had a bit of a discussion as I tried to explain that I wanted a ham and cheese sandwich which was on the menu at 2 cuc.

I think he was trying To tell me that he was out of cheese so I settled for ham.

I also wanted a churo which was listed at 5 cuc.

These were different than any churo I had ever seen.

They were hollow and he filled the center by squirting your choice of filling into one end.

You had be careful how you held it as the filling could run out the other end.

I gave the man a 5 and a 3 cuc bills. he never gave me any change.

This was too bad as l liked his food and prices.

Despite the bad service, I never went back again.

This is the second time a small corner vendor cheated me.

They only cheat themselves because they lose out on all my future custom.

Unfortunately I also lose out; good, handy, food, at low prices.

(Pic. of small building under trees.)
CORNER MEAT MARKET
(Pic. of small white building on corner.)
NUDDER CORNER MEAT MARKET
(Pic. of new white Chinese sedan.)
JMC TDCI MADE BY JIANGLING MOTORS CO.
(Pic. of a yellow building, residence up top.)
FLOWER SHOP
(Pic. of close up of statue in park.)
TAXIS LINE UP AS CHILDREN POUR OUT OF SCHOOL

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(Pic. of traffic jam, truck and horse drawn taxis.)
TRAFFIC JAM - TRUCK AND TAXIS
THE TRUCK CAN'T BACK UP, THERE ARE HORSES BEHIND HIM
THE HORSES CAN'T GET BY AS THEY ARE TWO ABREAST

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As one taxi leaves the other taxis will move forward, even if there is no driver.

DOWNTOWN STREETS

Paseo del Prado (Calle 37)

In the Southern portion of the city the Calle, or streets, run North and South.

The Avenidas run East and West.

(Pic. of aman walking along sidewalk in center of street.)
LOOKING NORTH
(Pic. of bus moving South.)
(Pic. of bus moving North.) (Pic. of pillars supporting roof along blvd.)
(Pic. of sign with dragon over head.)
CIENFUEGOS' CHINA TOWN
(Pic. of 2 wood frame glass doors with curtains.)
RESTAURANTE EL MANDARIN

The first time I went in through these doors all I found was a small bar.

I went back outside and walked around the end of the building but all I could find was a doorway to a kitchen.

I went back inside and I notice a couple of; plain, red, wood, doors.

I pointed at the doors and the barman nodded his head and I opened one.

This is what I found;

Fantastic service, and great food, in a dimly lit oriental designed restaurant.

They didn't have any red wine or orange soda, both of which were on the menu.

I settled for a can of Tukola.

I told the waitress that Tu in Chinese meant rabbit, so maybe, since this was a Chinese restaurant, that they were serving rabbit cola.

She didn't get my joke.

(Pic. of dimly lit interior of restaurant.) (Pic. of plate of tomatoe slices covers with shredded cabbage.)
SALAD
(Pic. of a plate of fried batter and pitcher of maple syrup.)
BUTTERFLIES (COMES AS AN APPETIZER WITH EVERY ENTREE)
THE LITTLE PITCHER CONTAINS MAPLE SYRUP? (FROM CANADA?)
(Pic. of dinner on table.)
RICE AND BATTERED PORK
(Pic. of a man walking along sidewalk in center of street.)
LOOKING SOUTH
(Pic. of blue car full of people.)
`59 BUICK 4 DR. SEDAN
LIKE THE ONE I BOUGHT IN CAMPBELL RIVER B. C. FOR $50 IN `72

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PICTURES OF OLD CARS SEEN AROUND CIENFUGEGOS
(Pic. of statue of man standing, lady sitting against a pillar.) (Pic. of blue pilars under blue and white balcony.)
NOTE THE SIGN OVER THE LITTLE DOOR ON THE RIGHT
(Pic. of a glass of soda, bowl of fruit coctail and platter of battered.)
AFTER PERUSING THE MENU, I HAD BUTTERFLIES FOR LUNCH
(Pic. of entrance after dark.)
A COUPLE OF NIGHTS LATER I STOPPED IN FOR SUPPER
(Pic. of a statrue of a bull wearing a red cape with the name of the restaurant.)
OLD TIME DECOR
(Pic. of a gentleman showingme my table.)
OUR HOST
(Pic. of two plates and a glass of wine.)
OUR ENTREE - RICE AND STEAK
(Pic. of a lady sitting and singing and a man playing a keybord.)
OUR ENTERTAINMENT

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(Pic. of font of buisness card.) (Pic. of back of buisness card with a map  of the location.)
(Pic. of pople sitting along sidewalk in center of blvd.) (Pic. of horse drawn taxis lined up along a side street.)

(Pic. of 55 Buick.)

Similar to one that I bought in the late `60s from a car lot in Vernon , B. C. for $350.

Mine was yellow in colour and the motor had been replaced, by a previous owner, with that of a `56.

Having run out of gas, in Salmon Arm, late one night, I put in a gallon of camp stove fuel (Naptha gas).

I idled home at 60 Mph and when I punched the throttle I cracked the heads.

* * * * * * * *

Running West from Paseo del Prado, San Fernando (Ave. 62) is the main street for stores selling upscale goods and souvenirs; rum, cigars, etc.

It is a mall that is closed to all traffic other than pedestrian.

(Pic. of lots of people on a street without cars.) (Pic. of lots of people in front of a store.)
EGGS WERE ON SPECIAL
(Pic. of an entrance to a building.)
THE FIRST TIME I WALKED BY I IGNORED THE CALLS OF THE SHILL
(Pic. of an entrance to a building at night.)
LOOKING AT THE BALCONY FROM THE STREET
THE SECOND TIME I WALKED BY I READ THE MENU

(Pic. of close up of sign.)
ANOTHER NIGHT I VENTURED IN
(Pic. of long flight of stairs.)
OOOHHH, MY ACHING KNEES!
(Pic. of 2nd flight of stairs.)
1/2 WAY THERE

(Pic. of two people at a table.)
THIS COUPLE IS FROM POLAND
(Pic. of tables and chairs plaques on the walls.)
(Pic. of a table setting.)
I DIDN'T SAVE THE RECEIPT
THE SPAGHETTI WAS GOOD AS WAS THE WINE
CUBA DOESN'T MAKE WINE, MOST OF THEIR WINE COMES FROM SPAIN
(Pic. of a rain wet street at night.)
LOOKING FROM THE BALCONY TO THE STREET
THE SHILL RELAXES BETWEEN TOURISTS

Continuing West from Paseo del Prado, San Fernando (Ave. 62)

(Pic. of people on a rain swept street.) (Pic. of a worker dismantaling a wooden cgate.)
THE GREEN BUILDING ON THE RIGHT IS THE `LA UNION' HOTEL
(Pic. of the name carved into marble in the sidewalk.)
`LA UNION' HOTEL PART OF THE `MELIA' CHAIN
(Pic. of a smal dinning room at night.)
`LA UNION' HOTEL DINNING ROOM
(Pic. of people along the street.) (Pic. of people along the street.)
(Pic. of people entering a building.)
A REAL BANK BUT NO SIGN
(Pic. of large columns forming the front of a bank.)
THERE'S THE SIGN, WAY UP THERE

The bank wouldn't accept my bank card but I could get an advance from my VISA or MasterCard.

For some reason they run your credit card through as US dollars and then the credit card company will charge you in your home currency later.

$200 cuc cost me $205.66 US on my Visa card which later became $260.61 on my statement at the end of the month.

So that is $1.30 for 1 cuc.

* * * * * * * * *

At the Western end of San Fernando (Ave. 62) is the Parque Jose Marti.

On the edge of the park are colonial buildings such as; Caterdral de la Purisima Conception San Carlos, Palacio de Gobierno, Museo Provincial, Palaciao Ferrer - Casa Provincial de la Cultura.

In the park you will find the Arco de Triunfo and the Monumento Marti.

At the entrance to the park was a gentleman taking pictures.

We exchanged cameras and took pictures of each other.

(Pic. of a man standing at the edge of the park.)
PARQUE JOSE MARTI
(Pic. of a me across from park.)
BEAR IN FRONT OF CATEDRAL DE LA CONCEPCION
(Pic. of street leading to a large building.)
PALACIO DE GOBIERNO
(Pic. of a man in front of two stone lions.)
CATEDRAL DE LA CONCEPCION
(Pic. of street through center of park with statue at far end.)
ARCO DE TIUNFO
(Pic. of monument in center of park.)
MONUMENTO MARTI

Just to the East of Parque Marti and perpendicular to Av. San Fernando is Calle Santa Isabel.

This is the street of tourist's favourites; handicrafts, and souvenirs.

(Pic. of sign at entrance to flea market.) (Pic. looking along left side of flea market.)
(Pic. looking along right side of flea market.) (Pic. of a street with a wall on the left and a blue building to the right.)
THE FLEA MARKET PROCEEDS TO THE WATERFRONT WITH A PARK TO THE EAST

WATERSIDE

(Pic. of a humunguous tree.)

I captured this with my iPhone SE in the late afternoon when the lowering sun spotlighted the two ladies taking photos of each other.

NOTE: The water that you see from Cienfuegos is not ocean, it is the Bahia de Cienfuegos.

The bay is actually a large lagoon with a short narrow neck connecting it to the Caribbean ocean.

(Pic. of a Wharf and ocean.)
NOTE THE BANDSTAND TO THE RIGHT
(Pic. of a close up of a building across the water.)
MARINA PUERTO SOL

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(Pic. of yachts at anchor.) (Pic. of a close up of a tall ship.)
(Pic. of park benches along the seawall.)
AV. LA MAR (AV. 46)
(Pic. of wharf and water at sunset.)

The Malecon is the Southern end of Paseo El Prado (37th St.)

Between the park at the wharf and the malecon is the Brisas del Mar Bar Restaurante.

4211 Calle 35.

Not only is the interior a nautical theme, it was also built to represent the interior of an old sailing ship.

(Pic. of exterior of restaurant day time.) (Pic. of exterior of restaurant night time.)
(Pic. of close up of sign.) (Pic. of business card.)
(Pic. of ship with skull figurehead.)
AFTER CLIMBING STAIRS FROM THE OUTSIDE
(Pic. of close up of figurehead and side of prow.)
(Pic. of a 3D wall mural of dolphins.) (Pic. of interior of restaurant with a ships interior theme.)
(Pic. of interior of restaurant with a ships interior theme.) (Pic. of interior of restaurant with a ships interior theme.)
(Pic. of cooks in kitchen.) (Pic. of sunset on water.)
VIEW FROM MY TABLE ON THE LOWER, STERN, DECK
(Pic. of tall ships and water at sunset.) (Pic. of a wharf and buildings across the water.)
DO YOU RECALL THE BAND STAND I POINTED OUT EARLIER

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(Pic. of a menu.)
THE BAND ENTERTAINED ME THROUGHOUT MY MEAL
(Pic. of a meal on table.)
LATER THE RESTAURANT HAD THEIR OWN BAND ENTERTAIN US

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LA MALECON (FROM AV. 40 TO LA PUNTA)

Many of the pictures were taken one block West of Paseo El Prado as the malecon follows the water.

(Pic. of malecon and ocean.) (Pic. of ocean, buildings in the distance.)
BAHIA DE CIENFUEGOS
(Pic. of water.)
CAN YOU SEE THE FISH, LONG, LIKE NEEDLES
(Pic. of large old,colonial building.)
THE OFFICES AND STUDIOS OF A LOCAL RADIO STATION
RADIO CIUDAD DELMAR
(Pic. of blue, concrete fence and gateway.) (Pic. of paved path bordered by short hedges of flowers.)
(Pic. of malecon and ocean.) (Pic. of ocean.)
(Pic. of malecon and ocean.) (Pic. of interior of large colonial building.)
(Pic. of old building turned into a restaurant.) (Pic. of water and boats at a marina.)
(Pic. of concrete wall and gate leading to a restaurant.) (Pic. of men sitting on malecon, fishing.)
THEY WERE CATCHING SOME FISH
(Pic. of sign for a private club.) (Pic. of men playing tennis in front of a large colonial building.)
(Pic. of an old car in a parking lot at a beach.) (Pic. of boats at a marina.)
MARINA PUERTO SOL
(Pic. of boats at a marina.) (Pic. of boats at a marina.)
(Pic. of marina buildings.)
MARLIN NAUTICA y MARINAS
OFFICES AND RESTAURANT
(Pic. of interior of open restaurant.)
TOASTED CLUBHOUSE SANDWICH WITH PAPAS FRITAS 275 cuc
1 CAN OF WINDMILL CERVEZA (FROM HOLLAND) 1 cuc
(Pic. of one of 2 parks.)
PARQUE DE LAS ESCULTURAS
(Pic. of close up of statue in park, looks like a large meat grinder.)
? ?
(Pic. of second park.)
AV. 6 & CALLE 35
(Pic. of water and old buildign on groyn.)
EL CIR JUVENIL
(Pic. of water and a few boats.) (Pic. of iboatsin marina.)
(Pic. of bamboo roof restaurant.) (Pic. of old colonial building.)
(Pic. of old colonial building, large with turret.)
PALACIO DE VALLE
(Pic. of old colonial building, large with turret, view from opposite corner.)
(Pic. of street and old buildings.)
AVENIDA 0
(Pic. of traffic divider of water.)
(Pic. of people sitting on seawall.) (Pic. of man on seawall.)

END

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    The bank in Cienfuegos wouldn't accept my bank card but I could get an advance from my VISA or MasterCard.

    For some reason they run your credit card through as US dollars and then the credit card company will charge you in your home currency later.

    $200 cuc cost me $205.66 US on my Visa card which later became $260.61 on my statement at the end of the month.

    So that is $1.30 for 1 cuc.

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