My last post was a “trials and tribulations while on vacation” post. But the truth is, it was still nice to get away from the cold, see another place in this world and to meet new people.
Though the weather was not perfect, it was warmer than home.
And there were plenty of lovely views.
The hubby and I did leave the hotel on one excursion. The first stop was a sugar cane plantation. Now a days, the plantations are mechanized but they had a demonstration of how it used to be done. They also explained the planting and growth cycle for sugar cane.
The next stage of the tour was to a former sugar cane processing plant. They explained how that worked which I always like. There used to be a show on TV about how things are made. I find that fascinating for some reason.
The plant no longer functions but it houses a train museum.
This was my primary reason for wanting to take this tour. I’m always working. Some of the old fellows that I work with in my job worked on the railroad and I thought they’d appreciate pictures of old steam trains in another country. I took more pictures of that than anything else! As we speak, I am waiting for the guy who is going to print the pictures up in a large easy to see format.
The numbers on the train have a meaning. The first number is how the train is powered. 1 means “steam”. The second is how strong the train is. When we tried ask if it was measured in horse power, the Spanish tour guides looked at us blankly so I’m not sure. But, some trains had a second number of 1 and others had a 6 or a 7 so the above train is stronger than some and weaker than some. The last two numbers are its personal number. So the above train is the 18th in the 5 horse power (?) steam train group. The box immediately behind the engine has the name of the plantation it came from.
This 1 horse power (?) steam train is #5 and it comes from Central Orozeo plantation. Poor little weak train…the little engine that could….
Anyway, my train guys are gonna eat this stuff up!
We then had a short ride on one of the old steam trains. It was a nice way to see some of the country side. We stopped at a shabby old station.
From there, our bus picked us up and took us into the city of Cardenas.
In Cardenas, we had a quick tour of a museum. To quick tour in my opinion!
There was some lovely items in there. And if you paid a fee, you could take photos. I didn’t because we weren’t going to be in there long enough. If I were to go again, I’d definitely find away to spend more time in there and I’d take pictures!
Across the street from the Museum was this lovely tree with the red leaves or flowers.
Cuba has wonderful people living there. They know how to make you feel special with just little things. Our maid was sweet! She kept leaving us notes and rearranging our bed sheets in cute ways. The first day she made two peacocks cuddling. She dressed the male in one of my scarves.
I called him the male because he seemed to have the tail. The next day, those dang peacocks really made themselves at home!
We found them reading in our bed!
I laughed my head off! This was actually one of the highlights for me!
So this concludes my vacation posts. I’m back in my Winter Wonderland and I’m back at work. Time to get back to my sewing projects and to get back on the HSF band wagon! Late with my entry…as usual.