"Exploring the Town..." Puerto Padre by Greggor58
Puerto Padre Travel Guide: 0 reviews and 10 photos
Puerto Padre has an old history....listed on maps as early as the 16th Century...and was then called..."Portus Patris".
Many battles linked to Cuba's wars of independence took place in Puerto Padre, especially in the hill (34 meters high) that ascends from the coast to La Loma (Hill) Fort, declared a National Monument.
This is actually the main intersection of the town.....caught at a moment when there was NOT much traffic.....
The town of Puerto Padre was in act a fairly busy little place with lots of people on the move.. on bicycle or foot or horse drawn cart,or automobile....it was quite warm and I ws wondering how long it would take me to get back to the beach.....what a WHIMP...a nice swim would be GREAT though...
DUHHH.....I never did get the scoop on this Church...although there were a few around...
As I tripped around town.....most people were somewhat curious as to my presence ...but most were friendly....and more than once I was invited into people's home's...
I was lucky to come across a group of people[band] that were practicing in a house....I stood around outside for a little while listening to them play.....but alas did NOT receive an invitation to come inside.. : o [
It was cool to just have the opportunity to hear them though.....added a kind of special feel to the street.
These folks.....the guy in the orange is the owner of the wheels...if youre old enough to ID the car...GOOD for you.... They were quite Proud of the wheels and approached me when they saw me giving it the once over.....told me about it....and how it had a Toyota motor in it....given that the Trade Embargo with the USA is still alive and well...they cannot get parts....so they improvise....and many of the older cars around have indeed switched motors.
There were many old cars around.....some in pristene condition and some not in such good shape....
As I was wondering around.....I came across this man that was "taking ten"....and he wanted me to take his picture...AND then he invited me into his house...
We made kind of gestures towards each other and we then shook hands and I was off.
This was typical of most of the encounters that I had when I dropped into town...friendly,curious, and warm people.
I cannot belive that after all these years travelling to Mexico and Cuba that I still cant speak Spanish.....not verymuch AT ALL!!!
I remeber starting a course once and the place that I work changed my shift three weeks later so I had to drop it....and I STILL have not bothered to learn ....OH well.....maybe some day it will reach the top of the priority list...
- Pros:Lots of husstle and bustle....people on the move...GREAT people watching town!!
- Cons:BEWARE of traffic...coming going...LOOOK both ways before stepping off the curb!
- In a nutshell:Wayyyyyyyy HOTTTTTTTTTTT!!!!!!!!!!
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