Feb 23, 2018 - Harmony V

Another beautiful day on our travels in Cuba. We awoke already docked in the lovely city of Cienfuegos. Named after Camillo Cienfuegos, the town is often called the Pearl of the Sea because of the colorful homes and the beauty of the bay. Approximately 170,000 people live here, and the town has a large stadium and a local baseball team.

We began our morning with a walk in town, past the colorful homes and vendors setting up on the streets, and stopped by the famous Benny Moré statue on the Prada, their main pedestrian promenade, and visited a produce market. We continued on until we reached the Jose Martí Plaza, which is surrounded by the Tomas Terry Theater, a church, and municipal buildings, all beautifully restored. Free time for gallery hopping and shopping followed, and soon we were under way on the bus to visit the Benny Moré School of Arts. This school was bustling with activity as we arrived, and the music of violins, pianos, and trumpets wafted through open doorways and windows. Children that have shown promise in the arts come here to learn more about their chosen art along with other studies, and many stay in dorms during the week as they’ve come from far away villages. We were treated to a piano recital and a clarinet recital, visited a graphic arts room to see paintings and drawings, and watched a dance performance by the two young teens.

After a delicious lunch at a restaurant near the bay, we returned to the boat for a short break before heading to another artistic program to see a wonderful play titled Cucaracha Martina, a wonderful story told by children in a theatrical group aged 8 to 18. Lively and fun, they had us all dancing to celebrate the events in the play. We finished the day with drinks at the top of the Union Hotel at sunset.

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Brenda Tharp

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For over 20 years, Brenda has used her photographs of the world to celebrate its beauty, and inspire others to protect what we have. Brenda grew up exploring the woods, lakes, and coastlines of New Jersey and New England and her family traveled regularly throughout the eastern U.S., camping, hiking, backpacking, and canoeing. She spent most of her childhood engaging with nature in some form or another and learning about animal behavior. When her father taught her some photography at 13, Brenda soon combined her love for nature with her newfound passion, and several years later her adventure began as a freelance photographer, teacher, and writer.

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