Travel Blogs from Cuba

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Cienfuegos Cupolas and Sea Breezes, Cienfuegos, Cuba travel blog

Cienfuegos Cupolas and Sea Breezes

A travel blog entry by viajesyvinedos

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Cienfuegos sits on Cuba's southern shores within a sheltered inlet. With increasing frequency, reverence towards Fidel's Revolution is presented on large billboards as one approaches the city. These proclamations, which appear to have been in place ...

Mercado Agropecuario Hatibonico, Camagüey, Cuba travel blog

Mercado Agropecuario Hatibonico

A travel blog entry by bruceontour

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... ); also visit the plant nursery where Cubans can buy dwarf mango trees and various ornamental plants. Keep a tight hold on your money belt. ...

Santo Domingo, Bartolomé Masó, Cuba travel blog

Santo Domingo

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Leaving Camaguey Hotel at 11 am (11:00), where we had a toilet stop, we headed east. We had a shorten 20 minutes from the planned 45 minute lunch break at Las Tunas, the city of tinajones (clay pots) so that Jose could spend a bit more time with his ...

Cockerel doing whatever cockerel do, but @ 3.33am!, Topes de Collantes, Cuba travel blog

Cockerel doing whatever cockerel do, but @ 3.33am!

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... certainly different than my normal milky coffee CUC$1.20 / US$1.20 / NZ$1.85. Cophea Arabica, cophea execelsa, cophea Liberica and cophea canephora are the 4 types of coffee grown in Cuba. ...

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 ...

Parque Vidal ~ Santa Clara, Santa Clara, Cuba travel blog

Parque Vidal ~ Santa Clara

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... by bullet holes from the 1958 battle for the city between Guevara and Batista's government troops. Today all the colors of Cuba's cultural rainbow mix in one of the nation's busiest and most vibrant urban spaces, with old men in guayabera shirts ...

Monumento a la Toma del Tren Blindado, Santa Clara, Cuba travel blog

Monumento a la Toma del Tren Blindado

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... ; M-26-7) was a vanguard revolutionary organization led by Fidel Castro that in 1959 overthrew the Fulgencio Batista dictatorship in Cuba. The Movement fought the Batista regime on both rural and urban fronts. The 26th of July Movement's name originated ...

Roar of the lions, Las Tunas, Cuba travel blog

Roar of the lions

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The deep long growling roar of what I presume were lions greeted me as I took my bag out for the 7 am (7:00) pick up by the hotel porter. Trying to be in a right hand seat being the shady side of the bus for this all day 600 km drive east, the longest ...

Santiago de Cuba > Santa Clara, Santa Clara, Cuba travel blog

Santiago de Cuba > Santa Clara

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... able to replace one of the broken belts. One thing that I've noticed, no street lights or should I say they are rare here in Cuba. Got to our overnight Santa Clara stop at Los Caneyes at 7.30 pm (19:30). Los Caneyes has a resort feel with its 95 thatched ...

Roses are red, violets are blue..., Santa Clara - Remedios, Cuba travel blog

Roses are red, violets are blue...

A travel blog entry by marktjhung

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... I know exactly. it's something like this - a few years ago, mel's cute pharmacist's wife's cousin's mother's television repairman visited Cuba and met this random old Cuban poet dude in some random cuban town. They became mates and mel's cute pharmacist's ...

Viñales: Guajiro and Karst Country, Viñales, Cuba travel blog

Viñales: Guajiro and Karst Country

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... their respective signs to advertise that accommodation is on offer. The town has become the third most visited destination in Cuba, after Varadero and Havana. Although tourists transform the main street on a daily basis, we were impressed that the locals ...

Homage to Comandante Che, Santa Clara, Cuba travel blog

Homage to Comandante Che

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... with Che's team of nineteen rebels is recognized as a pivotal event that spurred on Fidel's continued conquest of Fulgencio Batista, Cuba's then-contentious leader, who fled to the Dominican Republic on January 1st, 1959.   The Monumento a la Toma ...

The third cuban instalment..., Trinidad, Cuba travel blog

The third cuban instalment...

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... impression on me. My parting message - Cuba is wicked. Go there... So - to the Top 5.  Propaganda is everywhere in Cuba.  As expected really.  In the press; on the sides of buses; on the buildings scattered all over the cities.  ...

Las Terrazas: White and Orange Solidarity, Las Terrazas, Cuba travel blog

Las Terrazas: White and Orange Solidarity

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Las Terrazas was conceived in 1968 as part of a reforestation project to replace former coffee plantations. The town itself consists of long-house style, free-standing white concrete houses all consistently framed with either orange or blue shutters and ...

Multi-Coloured “All Sorts” Lollies, Trinidad, Cuba travel blog

Multi-Coloured “All Sorts” Lollies

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Free time - 7 went to the Playa Ancon (beach), 5 went salsa dancing and the rest of us decided to stay in Trinidad. For me I had the latest Lonely Planet just released and decided to follow their walking tour to the north Plaza Mayor. A photo shoot was ...

Microcosm Amidst Dilapidated Beauty, Centro Habana, Cuba travel blog

Microcosm Amidst Dilapidated Beauty

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... couples or the lone trombone player contemplating his next ballad, while Chinatown is strangely absent of any Chinese people. Key Cuba Learning Points - ATMs only accept Visa credit cards with a 3% fee charged, no debit cards accepted - Bring Canadian ...

Slipping into the tempo, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Slipping into the tempo

A travel blog entry by mbgower

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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 ...

Cuba in Mind, Vinales, Cuba travel blog

Cuba in Mind

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... , in spite of its problems, that what this country is doing is right. I'm sure we're on the right track.'" -- Cuba cooking personality Nitza Villapol, author of what has been reproduced in English (without permission or payment) as the best-selling The ...

Parental Leaving, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Parental Leaving

A travel blog entry by mbgower

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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 ...

Backwater, Remedios, Cuba travel blog

Backwater

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Politely described as tranquil, and impolitely as boring, Remedios may be a bit quiet even for us. One of the two churches in town is closed for renovations. When we go to the music museum next door, it too is closed. Frequently, these places are shut ...

Feliz in Cuba, Trinidad, Cuba travel blog

Feliz in Cuba

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Julie and I both celebrate birthdays while in Cuba. Mine is today, but "celebrate" is too strong a phrase for what I anticipate. Our three days so far in Trinidad have been pleasantly relaxed, with nothing more exciting on the schedule than occasional ...

Adrift, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Adrift

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... our last night -- her previous guest has appendicitis and can't checkout. This means we have no place to stay our last night in Cuba, and no chance to hear for a last time the music that is Centro Habana after dark. Many calls later, we relocate to a ...

Recouping, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Recouping

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... , cold remedies, allergy and asthma medications, etc. Thankfully, some is in powder form, or the weight would be brutal. Cuba has a famous medical system -- the largest number of doctors per capita, I believe -- and an equally famous lack of medical ...

Chickens, Vinales, Cuba travel blog

Chickens

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"Deseo la muerte de todos los pollos en Vinales." My Spanish is good enough to convey my feelings to my hostess this morning, but bad enough to get it jumbled. I originally say "por" instead of "de" thus implying a wish for a death by chicken, not the ...

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 ...

Mas Tranquilo, Trinidad, Cuba travel blog

Mas Tranquilo

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... , the house is full of marble floors and al fresco wall paintings. Spaniards shipped all the marble over from Italy, not realizing Cuba has its own plentiful and varied supply. Julie aborts the attempt to climb the bell tower after the ascent to the ...

Farewell, Trinidad, Trinidad, Cuba travel blog

Farewell, Trinidad

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... 's impression is that the austere conditions haven´t inhibited learning. Small classrooms, small library, small resources, but happy learners. Cuba has the best literacy rate in the Americas.You can´t walk many blocks without hearing a classroom or ...

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