|A church in Camaguey at dusk|
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Wednesday was a travel day as we went from Santiago de Cuba to Camaguey via Bayamo, a journey of about 200 miles through scenic countryside over roads that made me want to drive. Not that I could have done much spirited driving over narrow, heavily traveled mountain roads. Best to let our masterful driver, Juan Antonio, do that and for me to sit back and enjoy the scenery.
One of the highlights of the journey was the stop at El Cobre sanctuary, more formally Nuestra Senora de la Virgen de la Caridad or Our Lady of Charity.
|The sanctuary in the distance|
|The village from the front steps of the sanctuary. There were, of course, many vendors selling all sorts of merchandise.|
|The sanctuary was lovely|
|As were the terra cotta(?) stations of the cross|
|And the pulpit|
|The abandoned copper mine that gives the sanctuary its common name, el Cobre|
After el Cobre we stopped in Bayamo founded in 1513, Cuba’s second city, the small provincial capital of Granma province. With a population of just over 200,000 it was a brief, quiet interude between the bustle of Santiago de Cuba and Camaguey.
|We stopped at the center of the city, Parque Céspedes.|
|Statue of Carlos Manuel de Céspedes, one of the leaders of the 1868 revolution, a planter who freed his slaves|
Along with Céspedes, Perucho Figueredo composed La Bayamesa, the Cuban national anthem
We arrived in Camaguey in late afternoon.
|The welcoming forecourt of the Gran Hotel. It looked better than it was. The Gran hotel proved to be everyone's least favorite.|
|We did have a nice view of the outskirts of this city of more than 300,000|
|And we looked down not only on Jane and Suresh, to whom I shouted from our balcony|
|but also a lovely pedestrian walkway|