S is for Santiago de Cuba

I drove 600 miles across Cuba about a decade and a half ago..from Havana and finishing in Santiago. Wish we had spent more time there, I really liked the place.

The hotel was a splendid old place, and the lift had to be manned by a member of staff who knew how to crash land it at the floor you wanted! Entertaining to say the least- oddly, it didn’t bother me! Wish I had a photo, but I don’t.

I don’t have a ton of photos, but here are some to give a flavour..

The central balcony in the image below is the one from where Fidel Castro gave his victory speech in 1959:

Looking across the town to the Sierra Madre mountains

View from the roof terrace of our hotel

alas, I had a basic little camera, and when I noticed these guys on a rooftop below our hotel, the light was already going, and they were moving rather quickly….. But the memory is there

Santiago de Cuba street scene






  1. I’m always envious of Cuba. I really should have gone when I had the money to make the most of it.
    Nice shots as always, Sue.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. Oh, Cuba is so enticing. I’m sure you have wonderful memories, Sue. 🙂

  3. Your photos show why Cuba has become such a strong tourist attraction in the last couple of years, Sue.

  4. Lovely, evocative shots, Sue. Hope your Friday’s off to a great start.


  5. love your travel shots Sue!! ( I’m kinda back lol)

    • Sue

      Yay! Lovely to see you, Cybèle! Great to see you back, however sporadically….I have been wondering how you are, and missing your posts 💕

  6. Number 3 is a beautiful shot, Sue. 🙂 🙂 It’s always Havana that you hear about so it’s nice to see a little of Santiago.

  7. A fascinating place indeed, I can see its appeal for you, though I hope that the people can move forward now. Decay and dilapidation is nice to photograph, but not so nice to live in. Did you see LD’s photos from Cuba?

    • Sue

      I made the comment recently that part of me feels bad about photographing the Cuban decay…after all, people are living in buildings that would be condemned here….. Lignum Draco’s images are brilliant’

  8. If I were to return to Cuba (and I do), I would want to visit this part of the island.Thanks for the photos, Sue.

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