This city is the Cuban Venice.It has winding streets which were designed to keep the pirates and the Brits out - what are they trying to say?The city was very small but nice to wander around.We were lucky to be here for Easter.We went to mass on Easter Sunday.It was in Spanish so it was hard to follow but it was a lovely atmosphere.I loved the bit where you offer the sign of peace and everyone left their seats to hug or kiss anyone they knew anywhere in the church.Let's share the love - we even got some.
Found a lovely cafe bar.It was really funky.It was a small dark wooden bar with graffiti on the walls.You could imagine Che drinking here.They were watching the Man U match against Chelsea.So I befriended a rather nice looking Cuban Bici Taxi driver.He was great.We chatted football, he gave me some useful Spanish verbs and I taught him some English.Our tete a tete was cut short by the Easter Parade which we decided too much fun not to be a part of it.So with song sheets we wandered along, following a statue of Jesus, singing songs in Spanish feeling very much like an extra in Glee!
Went to a lovely square called Plaza de Carmen. Here they had life size cast iron statues of Camaguey town folk.We were doing the tourist thing of having our photos with these as if we were part of the scene (flash backs of childhood in Rufford Park) when all of a sudden out of nowhere just like the shopkeeper from Mr Ben appeared one of the models. You could not dispute this as he was the spitting image or the model was!We had to have a photo of the two obviously by lining his palm with silver.He was a real character.
The Casa Particulares was an improvement on Havana.Though not without its flaws - non working shower, toilet and the man of the house wandering about in pants which left absolutely nothing to the imagination when his wife was out.I am not sure what he had down there but it looked like a bag of marbles to me.The worst was when he was serving breakfast and it was at eye level.Ann was laughing but he could see my face so I have to try and remain straight-faced.