After a whopping breakfast, which included Canadian Maple Syrup we headed for the train station. It was a delight to see a product of Canada, most likely produced in Quebec as it is the World’s Largest Producer of Maple Syrup. I made sure to have some on my miniature pancakes.
We headed for the train station to board Train 1590 that was built in 1926. The locomotive was fed by wood, which would take us slowly, but surely to the sugar mills.I was quite excited on the journey as we had the opportunity to ride with the conductor near the train’s boiler.
The rural countryside offered picturesque views, yet also displayed the harsh realities that rural regions are used for the natural resources, primarily agricultural. It made me reflect on my love rural living. We are producers and providers of commodities, which enable larger urban areas to enjoy the standards they have as service centres. It is time to ensure that rural regions maintain a high standard of living and have access to essential services.
We climbed “Lookout Tower” at the cost of 1 C.U.C. to provide an aerial view of the once thriving sugar plantations.
A view from the tower fo the nearby houses and fields in the background:
A street of vendors selling locally made craft product. There was an abundance of linens, such as lovely embroidered tablecloths for sale.
Someone even enjoyed a beer on the journey and left it on a wooden beam as we descended the stairwell.
The Tower had circular viewing holes. Here is one of the train waiting:
The train ride continued and so did the adventure of my Cuban vacation. Stay tuned for Cuban Vacation…Part IV.
Christopher C. Mitchelmore