Postcard from Cienfuegos, Cuba

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Introduction

The city of Cienfuegos lounges languidly on the expansive Bahia de Cienfuegos on Cuba's Caribbean coast. It has a French influence and feel traceable to the influx of French immigrants who arrived in the early 19th century fleeing a slave uprising in Haiti. It is known as the Pearl of the South or Cuba's Paris. The Paris analogy is a bit of a stretch but the city certainly has some interesting and attractive buildings. It received UNESCO World Heritage status in 2005 due to it's impressive architecture. It even has it's own Arch de Triumph.

The long Paseo de Prado (Prado), the main street, makes for an interesting stroll.

Cienfuegos Province also boasts the El Nicho waterfall in Parque Topes de Collantes in the nearby Sierra de Escambray mountains as well as the beach resort of Rancho Luna.

 horses and carts work the streets of Cienfuegos as taxis and carting goods

horses and carts work the streets of Cienfuegos as taxis and carting goods

 the beer wagons during fidel's 90th birthday celebrations

the beer wagons during fidel's 90th birthday celebrations

 concert at the the fiesta for fidel castro's 90th

concert at the the fiesta for fidel castro's 90th

 teatro luisa, cienfuegos

teatro luisa, cienfuegos

 produce market

produce market

 palacio de gobierno

palacio de gobierno

 catedral de la purisima concepcion

catedral de la purisima concepcion

 teatro tomas terry

teatro tomas terry

 how cool - a house with a turret

how cool - a house with a turret

 arch de triumph of cienfuegos

arch de triumph of cienfuegos

 promenade at the bay

promenade at the bay

 a hard working cyclo driver

a hard working cyclo driver

 inside the strangely arabesque palacio de valle

inside the strangely arabesque palacio de valle

 sculpture park

sculpture park

 locals at the fiesta to celebrate fidel castro's 90th birthday

locals at the fiesta to celebrate fidel castro's 90th birthday

 a taxi

a taxi

 rancho luna beach

rancho luna beach

 el nicho

el nicho

 our wonderful hosts in Cienfuegos, dinorah and raul

our wonderful hosts in Cienfuegos, dinorah and raul

We want to give a special thanks to our casa particular hosts in Cienfuegos Dinorah and Raul of Casa Colonial San Fernando. If you're looking for a casa in Cienfuegos look no further than here. Contact: acuba2012@hotmail.es Phone (53) 53417496 Address Ave 54, 3923, Cienfuegos

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