Cienfuegos to Santa Clara and Varaderos
Road repairs - it seemed wet tar was simply being sprayed on the road and vehicles tried to get as many wheels off the wet tar as possible - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
A crowded bus truck, like us, takes the diversion - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
"We cannot stay quiet as long as there remains one hectare of land not usefully cultivated".  There are few political slogans nowadays - this one (left) was seen on the road from Cienfuegos to Santa Clara.  It is perhaps interesting to note that it is Ral Castro rather than Fidel who is being quoted.  Approaching Santa Clara (right) past vast sugar plantations - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
The Cuban Flag by the Che Guevara Monument and bas-relief depicting scenes from the Battle of Santa Clara - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
"Until Victory - always" on the plinth beneath the statue of Ernesto Che Guevara - note his arm is in plaster - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
The monument was erected to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Battle.  Regrettably it was not possible to visit the Tren Blindado Monument also in Santa Clara that graphically depicts the derailing of an armoured train on 29 December 1958 - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
Another stop along the motorway heading for Havana where yet another derelict locomotive from a former sugar plantation is on display - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
Number plate differentiation - the blue flash on the number plate of the Peugeot shows it to be government owned.  The absence of theblue flash on the 1950s Ford Zephyr indicates private ownership - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
At one time these articulated buses were a common sight in Cuba, but few remain and getting a good photo of one proved elusive - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
Yutong Chinese manufactured double deckers operated by the government owned Transtur provide what is advertised as a city tour of Varadero.  But it is in reality a tour round the vast number of beach hotels which cater for overseas tourists - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
After a while on the upper deck under the glaring sun several passengers retreated below before the bus - eventually - arrived at the Varadero terminus - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
The main road to Havana crosses this bridge showing the crest of the Comrade Benitez Brigade of the Army of Literacy. Cuba has the highest literacy rate in all of the Americas - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
The Hotel Melia Varadero - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
The Hotel Melia, where virtually everything is included, is fully up to international standards - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
Some hotels have their own private beach - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
Taking a catamaran ride from the beach near the Melia - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow

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