Trinidad is known for it’s pottery. We toured the tourist pottery shop before and we were going to go find it again. It’s a good walk and a nice shop to visit. We bought a nice piece of pottery when we were here the last time. There is the tourist shop and the factories for the bigger stuff.
On our way to the shop we walked around and did our normal looking around. We found a cigarette factory that has stacks and stacks of cigarettes ready for packaging. It was a noisy place to work and the smell of tobacco permeated the area. There seemed to be lots of people working a The number of cigarettes being processed was amazing.
We walked up the street and toward the pottery shop and found the street we wanted. It turned out the whole street seemed to be dedicated to pottery. We walked by a large workshop where people were turning large planter pots, 2-3 gallon size. As we walked by a lady waved us over and gave us a tour.
We found the pottery place we liked before and looked around for a while but we didn’t find anything we liked more than what we had so we passed.
We walked back to Los Conspirators for a coffee and then Taberna La Botija for lunch. It appears to be the place where the tour bus operators have lunch. Those places are usually good but not spectacular. The tavern is dressed up with shackles and implements of the slave trade and the waiters wear white (full covering) period slave uniforms. It was an interesting place and the food was pretty good.
We walked down to the square above the church turned museum and did a lot of people watching. The horse tour operators were there and once they were convinced that we weren’t interested in a tour they left us alone. There is often a musical band there as well. But today it was quiet, which we enjoyed.
Cuba has a number of mosquitoes that will carry nasty diseases and every year we see them with the fumigation machines. They take mosquitoes as a serious issue. We’ve seen giant models in the back of a half ton that left a fog behind it that was impossible to see through and the small hand held variety that they did individual houses or stores with.