Welcome back to our blog! Today is more from our stay in Trinidad, Cuba, and a few tips on how to see the city.
A new day and another beautiful, bountiful breakfast followed by a quick trip to the clinic. Once the ‘capa verde’ [Elle’s green infected burn scab…] had been moistened and scraped at for a bit, we were ready to explore. A lot less mobile than expected, we hitched a ride in a bici-taxi to the centre of town.
Trinidad is a very old city and, as such, has some amazing museums. We went to the Museo de Historia Municipal (the Municipal Museum of Trinidad), a really brilliant one in a house that had been built by a rich slave owner. He died under suspicious circumstances and his widow remarried. She then also died under suspicious circumstances and her new husband was left with a lot of money and a huge mansion…
The museum was set out like a house that could still be lived in, much like a National Trust property in the UK.
There were quite a few lizards scuttling about, displays of things like shoes and carriages, as well as information about the slave trade in Cuba.
A map of the flow of slaves to and from Trinidad in the 18th and 19th century:
And a shocking original letter negotiating the sale of 13 slaves for 2.5 million pesos (we think that’s about $2,125,000 total, or $163,461 per person):
Fascinating and chilling, we continued to explore the house. The real highlight came when we decided to see what was up some stairs tucked behind a few cannons.
The stairs wound up and up, past a second floor and an oddly placed tourist shop [someone may need to teach the proprietors about the correlation between footfall and the likelihood of actually selling things]. At the top of the stairs we found a rickety path with some rather unstable bannisters going high over a small room filled with a smorgasbord of seemingly random objects. Typical Cuba.
Another spiral staircase at the end proved to be a real challenge for the less mobile [and for those who suffer from vertigo] of our twosome; but eventually, being the intrepid explorers we are, we conquered the final set of stairs and spilled through a tiny door onto the roof.
It was worth it. We were greeted with these incredible panoramic views of the whole city stretching before us, right down to the beach:
The photos really don’t do the view justice and we’d recommend going to the museum to experience it. If you plan ahead and don’t end up needing the bathroom the moment you get up there, it’s also a lovely spot to have a picnic. Trinidad bathed in bright sunlight really is spectacular.
Come back to our blog next week for the final set of Trinidad adventures (and misadventures!) before we head to our next destination. See you then!