Travel Blogs from Havana, Cuba

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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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... . Obispo awakens the anxious desire to buy and San Rafael channels these impulses. These two boulevards are designed to guarantee Havana’s dynamic equilibrium. Here, tourists discover a warm and happy land, and the residents of Havana are less prone ...

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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Finally off towards Havana with a stop at Soroa to see Cuba's largest orchid garden at Orquideario. Here the local guides have to climb up and down the steep path up to 12 times a day leading the groups really got fit around the 35,000 sq m site. Tumbling ...

Estatua de Chrusto, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Estatua de Chrusto

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... on December 24 , Christmas Eve of 1958. Just fifteen days after his inauguration, January 8 of 1959, Fidel Castro entered Havana after finishing with the government of Fulgencio Batista by the Cuban Revolution.The image was hit by lightning three ...

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

Revolution Square / Plaza de la Revolution

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... behind the Martí Memorial are the governmental offices housed in the heavily guarded Comité Central del Partido Comunista de Cuba. http://www.lonelyplanet.com/cuba/havana/sights/squares-plazas/plaza-de-la-revolucion#ixzz3x0lS9YZq ...

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 ...

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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... Plaza in Empedrado was the always crowded La Bodeguita del Medio. La Bodeguita del Medio is a typical restaurant-bar of Havana(Cuba). It is a famous tourist destination because of the personalities which have patronized it. Numerous writers, artists and ...

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

El pan! El pan!

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... 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 sq km. A couple of local bakeries were ...

Hotel Nacional, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Hotel Nacional

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... .com/en/home.asp The Hotel Nacional de Cuba is a historic luxury hotel located on the Malecón in the middle of Vedado, Havana, Cuba. It stands on Taganana hill a few metres from the sea, and offers a view of Havana Harbour, the seawall and the city. The ...

Habana Vieja ~ Old Town, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Habana Vieja ~ Old Town

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... Russian Orthodox Church was before the rum museum. Not a rum drinker I didn't go in but as the price of rum is the same throughout Cuba brought some rum as at least it came in a box! I really like the photos on a fence showing the "before and after" of ...

Museo de la Revolución, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Museo de la Revolución

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... is accessible from the Museo de la Revolución. http://www.lonelyplanet.com/cuba/havana/sights/museums-galleries/museo-de-la-revolucion#ixzz3x6yNYxSN ...

Sunset down @ the Malecon, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Sunset down @ the Malecon

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... was a short 20 minute wait to see the sun dip below the distant horizon. Nice way to finish the day and my last sunset in Cuba. Back to the up market Iberstar Hotel and in the comfort of their upstairs lounge spent an hour using the last hour Wi-Fi card ...

Slipping into the tempo, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Slipping into the tempo

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I start out Sunday in what I hope will be the routine of the day: up at 6:00, swing open the small door above our metal patio doors, and let the cool approaching day flow away the stale, air-conned atmosphere of our dim room. It´s still dark out. The ...

Parental Leaving, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Parental Leaving

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... is willing to pay me to take Parental Leave, I ask "When are we leaving and where to?" Cuba seems a perfect destination for travel with kids: no rampant tropical diseases, a great health system, a reputation ...

Adrift, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Adrift

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... a young driver who blasts Ebe Manuel out the jacked sound system as we jockey through the dirty, sun-blackened streets of central Havana. Conversation is easy. He honks at a pretty girl -- honks a bunch, actually -- and she gives him a delightfully saucy ...

Recouping, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Recouping

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... particular (B&B, literally 'private house') has been a great kindness, affording fresh air (as fresh as it gets in Havana), natural light and a vast swath of concrete for chalk drawings. The chalk and antibiotics are both things we brought down ...

Complications, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Complications

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... subsides and sleeps, but it's an eon before we do. Julie is crying a lot, so concerned for "my little girl, my own." And me? Cuba was my idea. My campaign. I think maybe it's time to end this trip. I promise to call the airline in the morning and find ...

Lost photographs, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Lost photographs

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For every memorable photo that captures something of Cuba, there are so many missed. Sometimes we want a camera-free day -- to ensure we're seeing where we are with both eyes. Sometimes a camera just seems too personal. Or impersonal. Below are moments ...

Rebel with a Cause, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Rebel with a Cause

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... make it to Pan.com for lunch. Julie has been keen to sample the shakes and burgers here since reading the Lonely Planet description "Cuba's answer to Subway." I suspect one of the foods she's craving this far into the trip is a pizza sub. We're in the ...

Hemingway's Cuba, San Francisco de Paula, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Hemingway's Cuba

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... walls -- they don't mention this more recent history on any of the bilingual signage. From the walls of the fortress, old Havana glistens across the narrow channel that links the harbour with the Straits of Florida. Beyond it, the more derelict parts of ...

Plaza de Armas, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Plaza de Armas

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... the five-star, 27-room Hotel Santa Isabel. http://www.lonelyplanet.com/cuba/havana/sights/squares-plazas/plaza-de-armas#ixzz3wvGEcXd9 ...

Calle de los Oficios, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Calle de los Oficios

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... Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has proposed to Cuba the construction of a mosque on the Caribbean island during a visit to Havana, pushing ahead with a plan apparently inspired by his belief that Muslims discovered the Americas. After talks with Cuban ...

Full Friday, afternoon, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Full Friday, afternoon

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... call out familiarly) and make tracks to the Gran Teatro de la Habana. In a city of landmarks, the grand theatre of Havana stands out, though it's better to gawk at its exterior statues and baroque detailing from across the street. Up close, the ...

Havana time, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Havana time

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... than a relaxed 20 km/hr, they tend to honk warnings as they approach pedestrian-clogged intersections. Public transport in Havana, besides the above, includes mammoth 300-passenger, double-humped buses pulled by trucks (camellos). Then there are the ...

Move aside Tom Cruise, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Move aside Tom Cruise

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... still drips with history as countless old black-and-white photos of past celebrity guests testify. http://www.lonelyplanet.com/cuba/havana/hotels/hotel-sevilla#ixzz3xO9Wrtra http://www.hotelsevilla-cuba.com/   By now the afternoon tropical heavy ...

Vedado, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Vedado

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... my parents (the only option available), only to discover they don't allow children there. We leave for Vinales tomorrow, returning to Havana next Saturday, hopefully en route to Varadero. The woman promises to somehow get us a room, at the best price she ...

Tour guides in Havana, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Tour guides in Havana

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... of a contrast with its buffed, stained-glassed neighbours. I discover later that we've almost replicated the walking tour of old Havana in the guidebook, but with our necks craned up at the facades and capitals we've managed to miss all the interesting ...

Night in Havana, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Night in Havana

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I dream of Cuban winds. Warm gusts carry me of a sudden, lift me over failing balconies. At night outside our apartment, the traffic sweeps past the Hotel Nacional in a rush like wind. I cannot discern whether old cars or new nor'easterlies move ...

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