Beautiful tiled floors are a relic of the early 19th century. All photos by Lucy Laucht.
Chronic wanderer and These Foreign Lands author Lucy Laucht is based in New York City, but you'd never know it by looking at her Instagram feed. She's usually off on a glorious adventure, capturing her surroundings in a collection of serene photos. After spying her shots from Trinidad, Cuba, we asked for her to describe some trip highlights.
TRINIDAD, Cuba – We passed parched fields and the emerald Escambray Mountains before arriving late afternoon into Trinidad, the town that time forgot. The sun was low and cast shadows through the winding streets. In Trinidad, horse and cart remains the preferred mode of transport. Perfectly preserved colonial buildings, painted like pastel confections, are a relic of the town's prosperity from the sugar trade (in the 19th century). Trinidad is the perfect remedy to Havana: sleepy, genteel, and friendly. We spent our days wandering the streets and our nights discovering Cuban rum and rumba.
Scene on the street.
I stocked up on handmade linens, shirts, hats, and woven straw baskets sold in various markets and the little stores that do double-duty as homes.
Capturing just a few of Trinidad's colors.
Incredible designs and patterns right under our feet.
I shopped for pottery and ceramics created by local artist Alejandro Lopez Bastilda. You can find him at Maseo No. 396 e/ Colon y Smith.
Beautiful tiled floors and preserved 19th-century homes.
Iglesia Santa Ana.
The vintage car sighting never gets old.
In Trinidad, horse and cart remains the most popular mode of travel.
Looking towards La Ceiba, a bar and restaurant where a giant Ceiba tree grows through the middle. We didn't try the food, but the mojitos were amazing.
Paints and glazes in Alejandro’s ceramic studio.
Breakfast in Trinidad.
Colonial Trinidad is worth a visit for the spectacular dining room, soaring ceilings, antique paintings, and gigantic French crystal chandeliers.
Another gorgeous tile snapshot to commit to memory.
Perfectly preserved colonial buildings, painted in pastels.