Cuba: Day 7

13 February 2007

Urban sketching in Cuba.


A spectacular UNESCO World Heritage site: an entire town unchanged for nearly two hundred years. This is view of a corner of the main square, the Plaza Mayor. In the centre of the picture is the tower of the Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco; in the fold of the sketchbook, the Palacio Brunet; and on the right, the Iglesia Parroquial de la Santísima Trinidad (Church of the Holy Trinity).

The tower of the Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco. The monastery is now a museum commemorating the fight against the “bandits”, opponents of the Cuban revolution in 1959.

Trinidad: Playa Ancon

Come to Cuba and turn red!

Walking barefoot beneath palm trees that bend to kiss the white caster sugar sands caressed by the warm waters of a liquid sapphire sea...

Two minute’s walk from  the hotel complex, and you are in untouched swampland.
On the beach, a breeze keeps the heat down, but just a few yards inland the air is still and the temperature soars. The stench of stagnant water is so strong that you can almost taste it, and there are tracks of unknown swamp-dwellers in the mud.