Monday, February 26, 2018

Cuba Trip - Day 4, Cienfuegos

Day 4 begins with a long bus ride from Havana to Cienfuegos, a city on the southern coast of Cuba. There we met up with Santiago Hermes, an artist that my sister, Pat, who is also an artist, met on our previous trip to Cuba. In the late afternoon, our bus took us to our hotel in the city of Trinidad, further east on the Caribbean coast, in preparation for tomorrow's adventures.

After 4-5 hours of crossing central Cuba we arrive in Cienfuegos. 

This is how not to be a passenger on a scooter! 

 The archway into the main square of Cienfuegos.

 A pretty courtyard near the square.


 Vendors waiting for the tourists.

 We had lunch at Los Vitrales Hostel, a beautiful small hotel.

Pat finally sees her artist friend, Santiago Hermes. 

Our group enjoying lunch.

 Some of our group went on a trolley ride.

Santiago Hermes' studio and gallery.

Santiago's mission statement.

Santiago, his wife and son present an award to Pat. 

Pat is now a Member of Honor in the 
Friends' Club "Trazos Libres" Project. 

Santiago's youngest son thanking Pat for her gift
of Star Wars objects (he loves Star Wars). 

Santiago's wife is loving the beaded shawl that Pat gave her. 

Santiago thanking Pat for the special brush and other art supplies. 

Santiago preparing to do some face and arm paintings.

Maggie was the first to be painted. 

Eight ladies of our group showing their painted flowers.

 Santaigo's small studio in the back of his gallery.

I liked the painting of the little girl playing the violin.
Note the blue hat. It is in the studio picture above.

I loved this leather bra-purse.

This huge painting. The creature is made of fruits and vegetables.

Susan bought this watercolor painted by Santiago.

Our "Cuba Family"

 This billboard shows Cuba "blocking" Uncle Sam. Interesting...

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