|La Terraza de Cojimar|
The Village is about 5 or 6 blocks long with a small fort structure at the entrance to the harbor. The old stone structure still stands vigilant to protect the village and the harbor. It feels like you should be able to walk out on the dock and see Pilar anchored just a few yards away from the dock and Ernest Hemingway and Gregorio Fuestes would be walking up the dock to head out for another fishing adventure. The appearance of the place hasn't changed from the images that are on the walls in the La Terraza de Cojimar.
Inside the La Terraza de Cojimar, they still have Ernest and Gregorio's table set there in the corner waiting for them to come back from the sea and have dinner and cocktails. It is a bit eerie, because you can almost fee their presence in the room. Old photos are framed and cover the walls of the two men on Pilar and around the local area. There is a great picture of the "Old Man and the Sea" Captain Gregorio Fuentes walking on the dock coming from Pilar, that just helps tell the story as you explore the village and the docks that are still there next to the fort.
The two men would gather with the other Cojimar fishermen and tell lies as fishermen often do. These tales and stories were the basis for Hemingway's book "The Old Man and the Sea, which won a Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954. Cojimar was the perfect setting for the book, you could just feel it like in the book.