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Sendero de Alfombra Magica, Topes de Collantes, Cuba travel blog

Sendero de Alfombra Magica

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Lunch (vegetable soup) before a 1.2 km circular walk along the Sendero de Alfombra Magica through orchid and bamboo gardens with a 50 metre long Cueva del Altar / cave (in one end and out another) which in parts it was a bend down for us taller persons. ...

Barrio Chino de La Habana ~ Chinatown, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Barrio Chino de La Habana ~ Chinatown

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... to local Chinese business people to promote restaurants. Today most of the action centers on the narrow Calle Cuchillo and its surrounding streets. ...

Boulevard San Rafael, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Boulevard San Rafael

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... and philosophical soirées of the 19th century. San Rafael is the street where lager beer was first dispensed in all of Cuba. The two walkways are connected by what is perhaps the city’s one continuous urban corridor. There, our distinguished ...

Calle Obispo, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Calle Obispo

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... , and the swaying throng of people seems to move in time to the all-pervading live music. http://www.lonelyplanet.com/cuba/havana/sights/neighbourhoods-villages/calle-obispo#ixzz3x75zn1O0 These photos were taken in either Calle Obispo or the immediate ...

Orquideario, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Orquideario

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... to the University of Pinar del Río, lives on with guided tours in Spanish or English. http://www.lonelyplanet.com/cuba/soroa/sights/parks-gardens/orquideario-soroa#ixzz3wpGArnuP With now more than 25 000 orchid species from different parts of the ...

Bad Hair Day, Topes de Collantes, Cuba travel blog

Bad Hair Day

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... vines, lichens, mosses, ferns and eye-catching epiphytes, are akin to a giant outdoor biology classroom. http://www.lonelyplanet.com/cuba/topes-de-collantes#ixzz3x1F5kE1Z It was like a roller coaster with upraised arms and wind in one hair. Bad hair day ...

Underwater @ Cayo Levisa, Cayo Levisa, Cuba travel blog

Underwater @ Cayo Levisa

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... feel like an errant Robinson Crusoe here, you should find time (and space) for plenty of rest and relaxation. http://www.lonelyplanet.com/cuba/cayo-levisa#ixzz3x6nTcKK8 ...

Fidel’s Fridge, Las Mercedes, Cuba travel blog

Fidel’s Fridge

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... (positioned here so the injured wouldn't give the camp location away in their agony). http://www.lonelyplanet.com/cuba/gran-parque-nacional-sierra-maestra/sights/landmarks-monuments/comandancia-de-la-plata#ixzz3x1jHkZXG Returning we stopped for another ...

Estatua de Chrusto, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Estatua de Chrusto

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Standing under a tree away from one of the passing showers at 20 metre Estatua de Chrusto, the CUC$6 / US$6 / NZ$9.25 lunch for me was a ham and cheese sandwich and can of local Cola. From here the views back to Havana spread beneath us. Coming in from ...

Revolution Square / Plaza de la Revolution, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Revolution Square / Plaza de la Revolution

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... the words Hasta la Victoria Siempre (Always Toward Victory) emblazoned underneath. In 2009 a similarly designed image of Cuba's other heroic guerrillero, Camilo Cienfuegos, was added on the adjacent telecommunications building. Its wording reads: Vas ...

Malecón, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Malecón

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... plaques around the statue provide a history of García's 30-year struggle for Cuban independence. http://www.lonelyplanet.com/cuba/havana/sights/neighbourhoods-villages/av-de-los-presidentes#ixzz3x0mitpq0 A drive along part of the 8 km Malecon with ...

Parque Cespedes ~ Santiago de Cuba, Santiago de Cuba, Cuba travel blog

Parque Cespedes ~ Santiago de Cuba

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... /sights/parks-gardens/parque-cespedes#ixzz3x6a4khFI By Parque Cespedes is Casa de Diego Velazquez the oldest house still standing in Cuba. Looks like something from Shakespeare's time. The oldest house still standing in Cuba, this arresting early colonial ...

Lively street life, music & salsa lessons, Santiago de Cuba, Cuba travel blog

Lively street life, music & salsa lessons

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Then it was free time. I let the photos do the talking: the architecture, the lively street life, the music and salsa lessons going on in Calle Heredia. Walked pass Plaza de Dolares up Calle Aguilera to Plaza de Marte before coming back down the Jose A ...

Santiago de Cuba from up high, Santiago de Cuba, Cuba travel blog

Santiago de Cuba from up high

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... and away from the polluted air far below caused by the countless motorcycles. That plus up here having the 360 degree views of Santiago de Cuba. Pizza for lunch plus a couple of cans of lemonade CUC$9 / US$9 / NZ$14. On the way back to the hotel there ...

San Isidro de los Destiladeros, Iznaga, Cuba travel blog

San Isidro de los Destiladeros

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... , the pastoral fields, royal palms and peeling colonial ruins are timelessly beautiful.  http://www.lonelyplanet.com/cuba/valle-de-los-ingenios#ixzz3x1RAjeXg ...

Sancti Spiritus, Sancti Spíritus, Cuba travel blog

Sancti Spiritus

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... beautified in 2014 to celebrate its 500th anniversary. Visually, at least, it's not far off rivalling Trinidad. http://www.lonelyplanet.com/cuba/sancti-spiritus#ixzz3x1SZBEKp   ...

Christmas dinner under a full moon, Camagüey, Cuba travel blog

Christmas dinner under a full moon

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... behind the counter. Same price no matter where one goes. Now well and truly dark when we arrived at our overnight Hotel Isla de Cuba. It is getting darker earlier the further east we travel. Leaving at 8 pm (20:00) to walk to Restaurante 1800 located in ...

Mastercard or Visa?, Trinidad, Cuba travel blog

Mastercard or Visa?

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... withdraw some more money to well and truly last me for the rest of the trip. Lesson is take at the moment a Visa preloaded money card to Cuba, not Master Card. My Visa card was a credit one and I had not loaded it as a debit card. Let's see how much it ...

Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca del Morro, Santiago de Cuba, Cuba travel blog

Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca del Morro

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... 'a, with another room given over to the US-Spanish naval battle that took place in the bay in 1898. http://www.lonelyplanet.com/cuba/eastern-cuba/santiago-de-cuba/sights/military/castillo-de-san-pedro-de-la-roca-del-morro#ixzz3x6ZNIOQa We were the only ...

Calle Mercaderes, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Calle Mercaderes

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... is also characterized by its restored shops, including a perfume store and a spice shop. http://www.lonelyplanet.com/cuba/havana/sights/neighbourhoods-villages/calle-mercaderes#ixzz3wvS02M5K      ...

Plaza de la Catedral, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Plaza de la Catedral

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... claim the CUC$4 mojitos have lost their Hemingway-esque shine in recent years. Only one way to find out … http://www.lonelyplanet.com/cuba/havana/entertainment-nightlife/other/la-bodeguita-del-medio#ixzz3wvWCgKjl ...

A fistful of money, Australia, Cuba travel blog

A fistful of money

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... disused Central Australia sugar mill, built in 1904, now home to the Museo de la Comandancia. http://www.lonelyplanet.com/cuba/central-australia-around#ixzz3x0vjxw8p   During the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion, Fidel Castro had his headquarters in the ...

Crocodile for lunch, Los Sábalos, Cuba travel blog

Crocodile for lunch

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Some took advantage of the hour's break to swim first in the fresh water cenote which has fish in it, then across the road to the salt water Caribbean Sea. Crocodile for lunch and a refreshing can of 5.4% Bucanero beer for just CUC$14 / US$14 / NZ$ 21.50 ...

Cienfuegos, Cienfuegos, Cuba travel blog

Cienfuegos

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... money filtering through. The industry ringing the far side of the Bahía de Cienfuegos – a shipyard, the bastion of Cuba's shrimp-fishing fleet, a thermoelectric plant and a petrochemical hub – constitutes some of the country's most important. ...

Santa Clara > Vinales, Viñales, Cuba travel blog

Santa Clara > Vinales

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... mogotes which complete the karstic character of the landscape. These remains and erosion of the limestone monoliths has made this area Cuba's no 3 tourist attraction. I can see why. Noticed as we drove in the Vinales guajiros or country folk with even ...

Walk or a siesta?, Cayo Levisa, Cuba travel blog

Walk or a siesta?

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A walk along part of the 3 km sandy and relatively clean beach before time for a siesta on the sun lounger that was in the shade before making sure that we were back on the boat for its 5.00 pm (17:00) departure back to the mainland. It would have been ...

Bicitaxi around Camaguey, Camagüey, Cuba travel blog

Bicitaxi around Camaguey

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... building of 1850 vintage, bedizened with majestic chandeliers and stained glass. http://www.lonelyplanet.com/cuba/camaguey/entertainment-nightlife/other/teatro-principal#ixzz3xlhcTtaY       ...

Rationing in Cuba, Trinidad, Cuba travel blog

Rationing in Cuba

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... . Other information is kept on file for senior citizens and those on special diets (or "dietas."). http://insightcuba.com/how-does-cuba-s-food-rationing-system-work These are 3 excellent articles. Do read them. ...

El pan! El pan!, Havana, Cuba travel blog

El pan! El pan!

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How different local lifestyle is just one block away from the centre of town where the tourist hotels, associated landmarks and attractions are located. This area is Havana's most densely populated district with approximately 170,000 packed into just 3 ...

Hotel Nacional, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Hotel Nacional

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... partake in a free guided hotel tour that runs at 10am and 3pm every day except Sunday. http://www.lonelyplanet.com/cuba/havana/sights/architecture/hotel-nacional#ixzz3x6ycjTNU ...

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