Travel Blogs from Cuba

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Loss, Remedios, Cuba travel blog

Loss

A travel blog entry by mbgower

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I wake bewildered, a truck rumbling past my head. Strange walls, heat. Cuba, it suddenly occurs to me. But in the predawn, it's not the island but dead classmates that occupy me. Mark Crawford, a high school character, died the day we left on our trip. ...

Bay of Pigs - Museo de Playa Girón, Playa Girón, Cuba travel blog

Bay of Pigs - Museo de Playa Girón

A travel blog entry by bruceontour

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... as Invasión de Playa Girón (or Invasión de Bahía de Cochinos or Batalla de Girón), was a failed military invasion of Cuba undertaken by the CIA-sponsored paramilitary group Brigade 2506 on 17 April 1961. A counter-revolutionary military, trained and ...

Cienfuegos Macelon sunset, Punta Gorda, Cuba travel blog

Cienfuegos Macelon sunset

A travel blog entry by bruceontour

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Then away with a drive along the Macelon (Punta Gorda) and seeing the sun set. Just pure luck with the sunset photos especially the 2 of the Macelon sea wall as it was from a moving bus. It was well and truly dark when we got to the Havanatur office ...

Final Day, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Final Day

A travel blog entry by mbgower

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Tuesday is our best day in Havana. We're out early and back for a siesta before the early afternoon heat. Cuba's a great country for kids, with its languid tempo. Our destination this morning is the Capitolio Nacional, a vast domed structure many times ...

Vedado, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Vedado

A travel blog entry by mbgower

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... stop. We try giving her a mouthful of water. Nothing stays down. This continues for hours. Poor Rosemary spends her first day in Cuba a hostage in her own hotel room. In the end, the hotel doctor gives Lucy an injection of some Gravol-like substance and ...

Camaguey, Camagüey, Cuba travel blog

Camaguey

A travel blog entry by bruceontour

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... frescoes and the hallowed font where patriotic hero Ignacio Agramonte was baptized in 1841. http://www.lonelyplanet.com/cuba/camaguey/sights/religious/iglesia-de-nuestra-senora-de-la-soledad#ixzz3xlbREw4t ...

Bartolome Maso > Santiago de Cuba, Santiago de Cuba, Cuba travel blog

Bartolome Maso > Santiago de Cuba

A travel blog entry by bruceontour

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... the south-eastern area of the island, some 870 km (540 mi) south-east of the Cuban capital of Havana. Historically Santiago de Cuba has long been the second most important city on the island after Havana, and still remains the second largest. It is on a ...

The magnificent and the crumbling..., Havana, Cuba travel blog

The magnificent and the crumbling...

A travel blog entry by marktjhung

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... group.  We dance like white people - and I'm not even white.  The salsa seems like a national institution in Cuba, its distinctive beat ringing out through the music houses and back streets alike.  Naturally, Cubans can dance salsa.  ...

Tobacco Fields of Pinar del Rio, Pinar del Río, Cuba travel blog

Tobacco Fields of Pinar del Rio

A travel blog entry by viajesyvinedos

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... back to Viñales. After much insistence, we paid for the older gentlemen's US$1 fare as a small token of our appreciation for his tutelage on procuring colectivo taxis in rural Cuba, as this would undoubtedly assist in our future exploits.   ...

No news is good news, Varadero, Cuba travel blog

No news is good news

A travel blog entry by mbgower

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The last days at Varadero, the wind and cold set in . The warm, clear water of Wednesday, when mom and I floated about in the turquoise ocean, its depths opening beneath us, seems a distant memory. Dead Portuguese man-o-war jellyfish wash up and bloat on ...

Not a happy birthday, Vinales, Cuba travel blog

Not a happy birthday

A travel blog entry by mbgower

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... bag of oranges from a guy selling them from the roadside, and we all slurp away in silence for a time, watching Cuba passing. Flores drives the highways between Vinales and Havana, between Varadero and Trinidad -- between all the main tourist places ...

Cocktail, Cigar, Dancing & Singing, Trinidad, Cuba travel blog

Cocktail, Cigar, Dancing & Singing

A travel blog entry by bruceontour

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... not unusual for the canchánchara -inebriated crowd to break into spontaneous dancing. http://www.lonelyplanet.com/cuba/central-cuba/trinidad/entertainment-nightlife/other/taberna-la-canchanchara#ixzz3x18RCSZa Did any of us break into spontaneous dancing? ...

Chickens up a tree, dogs barking & cats wandering, Topes de Collantes, Cuba travel blog

Chickens up a tree, dogs barking & cats wandering

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After a late lunch of pizza, well ham and cheese on a bread base. It was a there and back 6 km walk before darkness set in at 6 pm with not much time for those who wanted a cold yet refreshing swim at the Poza del Venado pool, 500 metres below the 32 ...

Last walk along the Malecón, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Last walk along the Malecón

A travel blog entry by bruceontour

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... you can walk right down the middle of the empty thoroughfare and get very wet. http://www.lonelyplanet.com/cuba/havana/sights/neighbourhoods-villages/malecon#ixzz3x6wUYcd7 ...

Museo del Chocolate, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Museo del Chocolate

A travel blog entry by bruceontour

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At the Rafael San Juan's Primavera sculpture, right up Av de Italia and left into Trocadero before continuing my way towards Paseo de Marti (Prado). This whole Centro Habana area that I walked through looks so dilapidated yet no doubt so full of life. ...

Cigar or a Pina Colada?, Viñales, Cuba travel blog

Cigar or a Pina Colada?

A travel blog entry by bruceontour

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... Fully functional secadero (drying house) in which tobacco leaves are cured from February to May. http://www.lonelyplanet.com/cuba/pinar-del-rio-province/vinales/sights/farms-workshops-factories/la-casa-del-veguero#ixzz3wp89FpNs Later a refreshing Piña ...

Cueva del Indio, Cueva Del Indio, Cuba travel blog

Cueva del Indio

A travel blog entry by bruceontour

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... in 1920. Motor boats now ply the underground river through the electrically lit cave. http://www.lonelyplanet.com/cuba/parque-nacional-vinales/sights/natural-landmarks/cueva-del-indio#ixzz3x6q7AHxu After this extra activity, meant that it was just 30 ...

Comandante Ernesto 'Che' Guevara, Santa Clara, Cuba travel blog

Comandante Ernesto 'Che' Guevara

A travel blog entry by bruceontour

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... that spans both sides of the carretera, guarded by a bronze statue of El Che. http://www.lonelyplanet.com/cuba/central-cuba/santa-clara/sights/landmarks-monuments/monumento-ernesto-che-guevara#ixzz3wp6M9Hhf   ...

Fun & Games @ Havana airport, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Fun & Games @ Havana airport

A travel blog entry by bruceontour

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... me. This was the second time that I had seen Cuba from the air with the first back in the late 80's when I flew over Cuba from Miami to Kingston, Jamaica. Instead of a 2.00 pm (14:00) touchdown, it was 45 minutes later but considering we left an ...

Valle de los Ingenos & Peninsula de Ancon, Trinidad, Cuba travel blog

Valle de los Ingenos & Peninsula de Ancon

A travel blog entry by jessica_cdn

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This morning we met up with Leigh & Kara around 9:30 at our usual coffee shop and enjoyed a nice espresso.  We had to haggle quite a bit for a reasonably priced taxi for our day trip, but we got one for 22 CUC.  We went to a former sugar ...

Finally, a moment of calm, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Finally, a moment of calm

A travel blog entry by mbgower

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... on this trip -- no early morning flights, no plans to do anything other than slow, easy drifts about the island of Cuba. But Lucy's odd, unidentified illness, which has seen her temperature spike to 40 degrees Celsius since arriving here yesterday, has ...

The long day, Havana, Cuba travel blog

The long day

A travel blog entry by mbgower

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I'm awake at 4:30 a.m. I only sleep eight hours typically, so when we settle down with the kids at 8:30 p.m. it means a lot of laying in the predawn, my mind wandering over strange topographies and ideas. By 6:00 or 6:30, I usually give up even trying to ...

Transported, Santa Clara, Cuba travel blog

Transported

A travel blog entry by mbgower

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... We wallow about the three lanes of tarmac, which is intent on slowly melting into the gently undulating land about us. Fidel's Cuba has double the freeway's tenure, but the biggest obstacles it faces are evident all about us -- warped roads, crumbling ...

The Cuban Timewarp, Havana, Cuba travel blog

The Cuban Timewarp

A travel blog entry by vine_hooligans

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... probably also showing that they have travelled or had the means to obtain such luxuries. The most recent hurricane destroyed half of Cuba's agricultural crops so fruit and vegetables are hard to come by, but Rakhel's daughter did manage to get some fresh ...

Running into people all over the world., Havana, Cuba travel blog

Running into people all over the world.

A travel blog entry by jessica_cdn

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For those of you who have read my other blogs, you know that I'm pretty good at running into random people that I know all over the world.  My favourite has been in Greece when I was walking through the market and ran into two girls that I was going ...

Cuba, Havana Cuba, Cuba travel blog

Cuba

A travel blog entry by jennykelly

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... He purchased a Nikkon Coolpix L19, a pocket sized digital camera with all the whistles and bells you can get for $120. We flew to Cuba with Lacsa Airlines, with a stop over in San Jose, Costa Rica to change planes. San Jose has a lovely modern airport. It ...

Daytripper, Santa Clara, Cuba travel blog

Daytripper

A travel blog entry by mbgower

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... to be Cuban. In fact we seem to be some of the few tourists in this convertible restaurant. We spot a satellite Coppelia's here, Cuba's legendary ice cream experience. Unfortunately, we never make it there, as it looks more easily penetrated than the vast ...

Slow train coming, Valle de Los Ingenios, Cuba travel blog

Slow train coming

A travel blog entry by mbgower

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... Belgium, Germany, France, and our home province (Powell River and the Okanagan). John, from the latter, is in Cuba for a beekeeper conference, working on a business proposal with the government. His progress through various levels of bureaucracy is has ...

A Stopover in Sancti Spíritus, Sancti Spíritus, Cuba travel blog

A Stopover in Sancti Spíritus

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... city celebrated its five hundredth birthday and received numerous street art and building beautification projects. One such renovation project was Cuba's eldest church, the sky-blue Iglesia de la Parroquial Mayor del Espíritu Santo, with a stark white ...

Camaguey: The UNESCO Urban Maze, Camagüey, Cuba travel blog

Camaguey: The UNESCO Urban Maze

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Another miscellany of churches, scattered town plazas with regular state-run shops and cafeterias captures the essence of our two days in Camagüey. As the second day was rainy and we had covered all the interesting sights at least twice, we chilled ...

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