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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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... Cuba. The resulting photograph is on the wall of Hemingway's old haunt, the Hotel Ambos Mundos in Habana Vieja. Whether Hemingway ditched Cuba for mental or political reasons, I don't know. His gift of the villa to "the Cuban people" saved Castro the ...

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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... in Cuba, he said. It was not clear what response Erdogan had received to the proposal from the authorities in secular Cuba, a Communist-ruled nation whose population of 11 million people is predominantly Catholic with only a few thousand Muslims. ...

The Un-Varadero Escape, Matanzas, Cuba travel blog

The Un-Varadero Escape

A travel blog entry by viajesyvinedos

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Thirty-two short kilometres from Varadero provides an authentic, grittier Cuba than the 'polished utopia' within the all-inclusive resorts. Not one crimson-coloured sunburnt tourist in ...

Remedios, Remedios, Cuba travel blog

Remedios

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... main transport options in Remedios (along with walking, of course). Up to four people at a time wheel past on old bikes. Cuba imported thousands of bikes from China last decade and is now producing its own lighter versions, but most of those passing are ...

Full Friday, afternoon, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Full Friday, afternoon

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... , we cab to one of the many fine private restaurants that lure people into the further districts of Miramar and Playa. Cuba's paladares, as these restaurants are called, were illegal until the 1990s. As a result, they're often strategically invisible from ...

Jincila Cocktail, Topes de Collantes, Cuba travel blog

Jincila Cocktail

A travel blog entry by bruceontour

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... , for the beauty of the plumage and because it includes the colors of the Cuban flag, the tocororo was declared the national bird of Cuba. It is widely distributed and common. Their length varied in 25—28 cm (10—11''). It is shiny dark green ...

Havana time, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Havana time

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... would have been insufferable; thanks for urging us to bring it, Mom) along the edge of the street, where most people walk. Cuba's spastic mix of '50s Chevy's, Ladas, bici-taxis, horse-drawn carts and bubble-taxis tend to give way to pedestrians. If ...

Kaleidoscope of Art and History in Old Havana, La Habana Vieja, Cuba travel blog

Kaleidoscope of Art and History in Old Havana

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In contrast to Vedado's relaxed livable vibe, Habana Vieja was flush with tourists, local artists and street vendors occupying its intricate streets. We circled through the four main plazas - Plaza de la Catedral, Plaza de Armas, Plaza de San Francisco ...

Juxtaposition of Styles in Vedado, Vedado, Cuba travel blog

Juxtaposition of Styles in Vedado

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... English, while we communicated back in Spanish, each practicing our respective areas of interest. The apparent historian spoke of Cuba's historical difficulties in the 1500's between the Spanish and the pirates that feuded over their mutual desire for ...

My best walk in Cuba, Vinales, Cuba travel blog

My best walk in Cuba

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... of talking heads. There's something odd, yet appropriate about watching Al Gore's timely cautionary view on global warning from Cuba. You can see how obscene our consumerism looks to the developing world. Trina experienced a similar displacement watching ...

Move aside Tom Cruise, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Move aside Tom Cruise

A travel blog entry by bruceontour

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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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Never accept "no" in Cuba. At the bus station, we reject several cabs which have no seatbelts, despite assurances that all cabs here will not have them. Once it's clear we're resolved, suddenly everyone is helping to get one rigged up for us. Same on ...

Rain, Trinidad, Cuba travel blog

Rain

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... Jorge that it only rains at night, I was delighted to see a few big drops fall and prove my weather foreguessing works in Cuba as well. In the middle of breakfast today, it spatters again, then gets more steady. Food tables are moved under cover. Warm ...

Tour guides in Havana, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Tour guides in Havana

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Our car habits are becoming more Cuban all the time; we stuff everyone into a small cab for a quick trip to the head of the Prado, taking about half the trip along the still barricaded Malecon. We arrived yesterday to a cold wind creating spectacular ...

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 ...

Revolution Square ~ Santiago de Cuba, Santiago de Cuba, Cuba travel blog

Revolution Square ~ Santiago de Cuba

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Away at 8.30 am (8:30) for a city tour of Santiago de Cuba. Revolution Square with the impressive 23 upright machetes reaching skywards beside Antonio Maceo statue. Plus the morning sun was in the right angle! As with all Cuban cities, Santiago has its ...

Cementerio Santa Ifigenia, Santiago de Cuba, Cuba travel blog

Cementerio Santa Ifigenia

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... 8000-plus tombs, notably the mausoleum of José Martí. Names to look out for include Tomás Estrada Palma (1835–1908), Cuba's now disgraced first president; Emilio Bacardí y Moreau (1844–1922) of the famous rum dynasty; María Grajales, the ...

Moncada Barracks, Santiago de Cuba, Cuba travel blog

Moncada Barracks

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... 26, 1953, when more than 100 revolutionaries led by then little-known Fidel Castro stormed Batista's troops at what was then Cuba's second-most important military garrison. After the Revolution, the barracks, like all others in Cuba, was converted into a ...

Full Friday, morning, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Full Friday, morning

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... la Revolucion Cubana" overnight to see if the price ever dropped. Our walk south from the plaza follows the Lonely Planet Cuba walking tour for Habana Vieja. I've been really happy with this guidebook. The publication mere months ago means the info ...

The Colonial Splendour of Trinidad, Trinidad, Cuba travel blog

The Colonial Splendour of Trinidad

A travel blog entry by viajesyvinedos

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After four Viazul bus trips, we had comfortably settled into their professionally operated and comfortable bus service. However, little by little, the Cienfuegos to Trinidad leg of our trip negated the enjoyment of our previous experiences, leading us ...

Winding down, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Winding down

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The Malecon calls to me. I spend the early morning (pushing Lucy in the stroller) and late afternoon walking miles along the waterfront, drinking rum with university students who are diving off the rocks, chatting with patient fishermen who catch ...

Havana, Cuba, Cuba travel blog

Havana

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... (small privately run restaurant). They are in peoples homes and are restricted in size to only a dozen seats. Finding these restaurants in Cuba can be difficult as they are not allowed to advertise. But, we found one in the Lonely Planet. Asked a guy on ...

For the record, Havana, Cuba travel blog

For the record

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... , but when I read in the guidebook that a couple of places might have old 33s, a bit of that obsession got brought down to Cuba with me. Visions of the carry-on that was filled with diapers on the flight down being stuffed with albums for the flight home ...

Travel by night, Santa Clara, Cuba travel blog

Travel by night

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... for private cars to carry foreigners. The cop planted by the door of the station required discretion. Lots of things are prohibido in Cuba. As far as I can tell, it stops absolutely no one from doing any of them; things just take a little longer, become ...

Departure, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Departure

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I can't imagine a day more exactly split between pleasure and discomfort. Everything before mid-day is a joy. We luxuriate through a final Cuban breakfast of fresh fruit and coffee at our semi-outdoor dining room, followed by a farewell tour to our ...

Beach bum, Varadero, Cuba travel blog

Beach bum

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... at other resorts. The Iberostar Tainos, named by a Spanish conglomerate (apparently without irony) after the original inhabitants of Cuba whom the Spaniards effectively decimated, is a kind and tranquil affair, where the friendly staff are still very ...

Plaza de San Francisco de Asis, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Plaza de San Francisco de Asis

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... is eminent French sculptor Etienne modern bronze artwork "La Conversación". This surrealistic treasure is among the most photographed in Cuba. Lonja de Comercio is a prominent historic edifice was designed by Tomás Mur and José Toraya, and constructed ...

Plaza Vieja, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Plaza Vieja

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... nectar in a tall plastic tube drawn from a tap at the bottom. There's also an outside grill. http://www.lonelyplanet.com/cuba/havana/entertainment-nightlife/other/la-factoria-plaza-vieja#ixzz3xO3Hj3iM At the other end was a popular ice cream ...

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