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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 ...

Valentine's Day - Thoughts about La Boca, Península de Ancón, Cuba travel blog

Valentine's Day - Thoughts about La Boca

A travel blog entry by ladyandtramp

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... 's why they are only making $50 a month because they work for the State. No one is quite sure what the future holds for Cuba. Young and old people here are looking forward to future changes and hope that the changes will be for the good of the people and ...

Winding down, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Winding down

A travel blog entry by mbgower

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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

A travel blog entry by dacraic

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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

A travel blog entry by mbgower

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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

A travel blog entry by mbgower

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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

A travel blog entry by mbgower

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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

A travel blog entry by mbgower

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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

A travel blog entry by bruceontour

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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

A travel blog entry by bruceontour

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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 ...

A train trip - El Valle de Los Ingenios!, Trinidad, Cuba travel blog

A train trip - El Valle de Los Ingenios!

A travel blog entry by ladyandtramp

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... we stopped at an old hacienda, Iznaga. The landowner built this estate in 1834. He was once one of the wealthiest sugar planters in Cuba. The hacienda has a tower, called the Torre de Manaca, on it that is 43.5 meters tall with 7 levels. It looks a little ...

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 ...

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.   ...

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.  ...

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 ...

Last Days in Cuba, La Habana Vieja, Cuba travel blog

Last Days in Cuba

A travel blog entry by ladyandtramp

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... open minds and experience in travelling. It was definitely a huge learning experience. We feel that people, wanting to experience the real Cuba, should definitely travel the way that we did. Staying in an all-inclusive may be fine but Cuba is much, much ...

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   ...

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