Photographer's Note

In this weird time, when I have been already staying at home for almost three months and I have no plans for the journeys, I look at my archive pictures, something's rarely happened before. and I am easily inspired. This time the inspiration was rather indirect :).

Crumbling Havana, colour-splashed Trinidad and Viñales’ prehistoric landscape are top of the list for visitors to Cuba, but Baracoa – a municipality in the eastern tip of the country – rarely gets a look in. Yet this is the land of chocolate and coconuts, jungle-covered mountains and hidden sandy coves. Among Cubans, it’s said to be home to the country’s most beautiful scenery, while for tourists it remains a little-known paradise. While Cuba is relatively flat, in Baracoa the country folds up into mountains which encase the small town, threaded with 29 rivers with melodic names which roll off the tongue: Toa, Duaba, Yumurí, Miel. These rivers slowly wind their way through rows of palm trees down the ocean, an azure front that Baracoa backs onto. It’s a beauty that photographs struggle to translate, when your cheeks sting from sweat and the sun and you hear the rustle of the palms as you slip along the mauve-tinged waters of one of its rivers at sunset. Getting to Baracoa has never been easy. For nearly 500 years – until the 1965 La Farola road was built – the town was practically cut off from the rest of Cuba. The mountain road is torturous but the journey is worth it, finishing in a place even older than dilapidated Havana. This was the first town in Cuba, built in 1511 in a place whose beauty seduced Christopher Columbus in 1492. Power and influence may have drifted up coast long ago, but what remains today is a vibrant town enveloped by a natural Eden.(

What you read here is true. Baracoa is far from other popular places in Cuba, not so easy to get there, so it is a great pleasure to be there.
I hope you will like this mural. What is fantastic in Baracoa is that music is everywhere there.
Mariana Grajales Cuello (July 12, 1815 – November 23, 1893) is a Cuban icon of the women's struggle and the fight for an independent Cuba free from slavery.
There will be also Workshop.
better view in the large format:
The same mural here:
Another music mural here:

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Additional Photos by Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13572 W: 141 N: 35185] (158644)
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