Arco de Triunfo in Cienfuegos,  Cuba,  December 2016


Cienfuegos was founded in 1819 by a French émigré from Louisiana. Don Louis D’Clouet brought in other French families from the USA and from Bordeaux, and the influence of their nationality is still obvious in the city’s architecture and sense of bon viveur.

The attractive main square is home to Parque José Martí and is surrounded by stately and renovated architecture.  To top it off, at the western end of the square there is a triumphal arch which was constructed to honour Cuban independence.  It is the only such arch in the whole of Cuba and clearly reflects the francophile history of Cienfuegos.


#cd9575 color imageHex colour ref:  #cd9575

A colourful note:  the first Crayola antique brass crayon made its entrance in 1998. It has also appeared in their boxes under a more tasty and edible name.  A hint of cinnamon in with your apple – that might give you an idea.  Yes, in 2004 it turned into Mom’s Apple Pie.



aDSC_0636_ppCopyright Debbie Smyth, 19 January 2017


Part of Color Your World 

7 thoughts on “Francophilia

Comments are closed.