Sugar Mill Valley

Sugar Mill Valley

After some time to stroll the streets of Trinidad and the Plaza, we drove to the Sugar Mill Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  The valley was once the home of over 50 sugar mills.  Sugar was one of the main exports of Cuba until the fall of the Soviet Union.  We visited a sugar plantation, enjoying a welcome drink on the terrace overlooking the cane fiields.  Daughter Molly and some other volunteers pulverized some sugar cane by pushing bars that propelled the grinder.  As we walked back to the Chinese coach, the pathway was crowded by Cuban vendors selling very nice tablecloths and linens decorated by hand.  The prices were reasonable.  We returned to Cienfuegos for another performance by an a capella choir.   The evening meal was the one I dreamed of when I thought of Cuba.  Set under a canopy of large trees, we dined on pig roasted on a hand-turned spit, white sweet potatoes, pumpkin, yucca and black beans and rice.  It was the best meal.   The breeze from the harbor and the Cuban music complimented the evening.   Following an after dinner drink back at the hotel, I retired but daughter found a fellow traveler.  They danced at the hotel disco until the early morning hours.