POST 245 02APRIL2016
POST 245 – 02APRIL2016
g.m phan hoang
(continued from Post 241 06March 2016)After Trinidad , Matanzas is the last place I would like to share many pictures with you in this Post 245. In fact, I also visited the nearby Cave of Bellamar (Cuevas de Bellamar), unfortunately I could not take pictures inside the cave. This cave is very impressive, but it is very hot inside!
Matanzas is about 90 kilometres east of Havana. This City of Bridges counts for the seventeen bridges that cross the three rivers:Rio Yumuri, San Juan, and Canimar. I heart that some people referred to it as the "Venice of Cuba." , and also this city is sometimes called "La Atenas de Cuba". There is some part of reality to that pretention. What is really true is it is known as the birthplace of the music and traditional dance danzon and rumba.
On the web, by Lonely Planet, I found the following nice passage: ‘Much like a beloved but long-forgotten antique being polished back to its former glory, Matanzas is showing breathtaking signs of reclaiming its erstwhile place at the helm of Cuban culture. During the 18th and 19th centuries, it developed a gigantic literary and musical heritage, and was regularly touted as the ‘Athens of Cuba.' Undeniably, its battle-scarred buildings and cars belching out asphyxiating diesel fumes now leave it a shadow of its former self and a long way from the vacation glitter of Varadero, but sample its revitalized plaza edifices and still-astounding cultural scene and the dignity soon emerges amid the dilapidation. If the city were a character it would be the fisherman, Santiago, in Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea: ‘thin and gaunt with deep wrinkles’ yet, irrepressibly ‘cheerful and undefeated.’
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