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Into the Country in Vinales, Vinales, Cuba travel blog

Into the Country in Vinales

A travel blog entry by ladyandtramp

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We left the city of Havana and are now in the country. A nice change. Vinales is located in Cuba's westernmost province. Here, oxen still are used to plow fields, and horses and wagons are used to transport people and crops. It is a lovely area, filled ...

Chickens, Vinales, Cuba travel blog

Chickens

A travel blog entry by mbgower

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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

A travel blog entry by mbgower

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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

A travel blog entry by mbgower

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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 ...

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 ...

Mas Tranquilo, Trinidad, Cuba travel blog

Mas Tranquilo

A travel blog entry by mbgower

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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 ...

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

A travel blog entry by bruceontour

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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. ...

Living in La Boca, Península de Ancón, Cuba travel blog

Living in La Boca

A travel blog entry by ladyandtramp

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We had made arrangements to stay in La Boca for at least a week so had to change our way of doing things and settle down a bit. La Boca is a very little village with very few people, at a river mouth that flows into the ocean. Pretty sleepy at this time ...

Remedios, Remedios, Cuba travel blog

Remedios

A travel blog entry by mbgower

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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 ...

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

Kaleidoscope of Art and History in Old Havana

A travel blog entry by viajesyvinedos

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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 ...

Full Friday, afternoon, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Full Friday, afternoon

A travel blog entry by mbgower

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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

A travel blog entry by mbgower

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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 ...

My best walk in Cuba, Vinales, Cuba travel blog

My best walk in Cuba

A travel blog entry by mbgower

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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

A travel blog entry by mbgower

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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

A travel blog entry by mbgower

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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 ...

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 ...

Tour guides in Havana, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Tour guides in Havana

A travel blog entry by mbgower

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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

A travel blog entry by bruceontour

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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

A travel blog entry by bruceontour

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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

A travel blog entry by bruceontour

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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 ...

Trinidad, Cuba, Trinidad, Cuba travel blog

Trinidad, Cuba

A travel blog entry by ladyandtramp

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... , spotted the squatters and realized what was happening.   We had taken a Viazul tourist bus which runs between key places in Cuba. It was comfortable, clean and air-conditioned. Booking a seat on this bus has be done a day or two before travelling ...

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