Since we had a late night, we barely made our 10AM breakfast the next morning, but needed the fuel for our buying art in Havana expedition. It was largely the same as the breakfast we had the first day, and still delicious – a Western scramble, crepes, fresh fruit, juice, bread, and coffee. I have to say, these large breakfasts were clutch for us and made it possible to power through most of the day before getting hungry. We checked out and put our luggage on the 3rd floor in a corner in storage while we again walked around the Old City. This time, our quest for art panned out. We met a couple our age – Michon and Baby – right outside the Archbishop’s residence, and they were super friendly and made conversation with us because of Dave’s “Viva la Relativity” t-shirt….
We packed a lot in to the day already, having visited Caleta Buena, Playa Giron, and the Bahía de Cochinos, so we didn’t feel badly about not hitting the Hemingway Museum on our way back for our final night in Havana.. The benefit of not hitting the Hemingway museum was getting to Havana before dark. We would be staying again at Casa Castellòn, and felt comfortable enough to do some more sightseeing before we checked in. We parked the car with the attendant in front of the Museum of the Revolution for 1 CUC for 1 hour (he promised to “watch” the car), while we walked around to try to find art galleries in our never-ending quest for original Cuban artwork (everything seemed to be a copy of a copy of a copy, even though there were artist signatures on the canvases)….
Done with “lunch” if you could call it that at Caleta Buena, we decided to get back on the road along the coast and find the actual Playa Giròn where the Bahía de Cochinos (Bay of Pigs) botched invasion took place. After about 20 minutes of driving we saw another sign pointing us to the Mueso Giròn museum to the left. There was also more great propaganda on the way in, almost forcing our hand to stop at this site. Of course, we did….
Wednesday morning we woke up and breakfasted at 10AM, getting energized for our car trip to Cienfuegos, Caleta Buena, and Playa Giròn. We got our gear together, packed the car, paid for the Hostal (30 CUC a night inclusive of breakfast, plus 5 CUC for the laundry service we requested), and were on our way. Breakfast this morning at Hostal Cuba had sad faces on the eggs instead of happy faces since we were leaving, Ronaldo told us….
Yesterday, we had grand plans to potentially head out of Trinidad and Playa Ancon early and go to the Bay of Pigs the next morning, spending the night somewhere else along the way back to Havana. But, after breakfast at 10AM, we both decided that a “chill out” beach day would be better, and decided to go to the Playa Ancon. But first, we decided to make dinner reservations with Jose Peralta for 8PM – he had some fresh fish caught in the morning that he would prepare, but also offered us goat or pig (we chose the fish)….