Travel Blogs from Cuba

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Calle Mercaderes, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Calle Mercaderes

A travel blog entry by bruceontour

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... is also characterized by its restored shops, including a perfume store and a spice shop. http://www.lonelyplanet.com/cuba/havana/sights/neighbourhoods-villages/calle-mercaderes#ixzz3wvS02M5K      ...

Plaza de la Catedral, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Plaza de la Catedral

A travel blog entry by bruceontour

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... claim the CUC$4 mojitos have lost their Hemingway-esque shine in recent years. Only one way to find out … http://www.lonelyplanet.com/cuba/havana/entertainment-nightlife/other/la-bodeguita-del-medio#ixzz3wvWCgKjl ...

A fistful of money, Australia, Cuba travel blog

A fistful of money

A travel blog entry by bruceontour

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... disused Central Australia sugar mill, built in 1904, now home to the Museo de la Comandancia. http://www.lonelyplanet.com/cuba/central-australia-around#ixzz3x0vjxw8p   During the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion, Fidel Castro had his headquarters in the ...

Crocodile for lunch, Los Sábalos, Cuba travel blog

Crocodile for lunch

A travel blog entry by bruceontour

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Some took advantage of the hour's break to swim first in the fresh water cenote which has fish in it, then across the road to the salt water Caribbean Sea. Crocodile for lunch and a refreshing can of 5.4% Bucanero beer for just CUC$14 / US$14 / NZ$ 21.50 ...

Cienfuegos, Cienfuegos, Cuba travel blog

Cienfuegos

A travel blog entry by bruceontour

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... money filtering through. The industry ringing the far side of the Bahía de Cienfuegos – a shipyard, the bastion of Cuba's shrimp-fishing fleet, a thermoelectric plant and a petrochemical hub – constitutes some of the country's most important. ...

Resorts, Versalles, Cuba travel blog

Resorts

A travel blog entry by uncle_davros

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... But trust me, this is not a place for the Uncle and I was happy to leave and go back to my casa everyday !!! And Finally So tomorrow we leave, our Cuba experience is nearly over, just a couple of days left in Havana and then sadly, Londres, we will be ...

Santa Clara > Vinales, Viñales, Cuba travel blog

Santa Clara > Vinales

A travel blog entry by bruceontour

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... mogotes which complete the karstic character of the landscape. These remains and erosion of the limestone monoliths has made this area Cuba's no 3 tourist attraction. I can see why. Noticed as we drove in the Vinales guajiros or country folk with even ...

Walk or a siesta?, Cayo Levisa, Cuba travel blog

Walk or a siesta?

A travel blog entry by bruceontour

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A walk along part of the 3 km sandy and relatively clean beach before time for a siesta on the sun lounger that was in the shade before making sure that we were back on the boat for its 5.00 pm (17:00) departure back to the mainland. It would have been ...

Going Old School, Trinidad, Cuba travel blog

Going Old School

A travel blog entry by smitherson

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Nearly all the places we have visited have been Unesco Heritage sites and to be brutilly honest, one colonial town starts to blur into another after a while on an extended trip.  BUT Trinidad is quite exceptional. I think it is due to is local town ...

Bicitaxi around Camaguey, Camagüey, Cuba travel blog

Bicitaxi around Camaguey

A travel blog entry by bruceontour

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... building of 1850 vintage, bedizened with majestic chandeliers and stained glass. http://www.lonelyplanet.com/cuba/camaguey/entertainment-nightlife/other/teatro-principal#ixzz3xlhcTtaY       ...

Rationing in Cuba, Trinidad, Cuba travel blog

Rationing in Cuba

A travel blog entry by bruceontour

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... . Other information is kept on file for senior citizens and those on special diets (or "dietas."). http://insightcuba.com/how-does-cuba-s-food-rationing-system-work These are 3 excellent articles. Do read them. ...

El pan! El pan!, Havana, Cuba travel blog

El pan! El pan!

A travel blog entry by bruceontour

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How different local lifestyle is just one block away from the centre of town where the tourist hotels, associated landmarks and attractions are located. This area is Havana's most densely populated district with approximately 170,000 packed into just 3 ...

Hotel Nacional, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Hotel Nacional

A travel blog entry by bruceontour

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... partake in a free guided hotel tour that runs at 10am and 3pm every day except Sunday. http://www.lonelyplanet.com/cuba/havana/sights/architecture/hotel-nacional#ixzz3x6ycjTNU ...

Last Night In Cuba!, Santiago de Cuba, Cuba travel blog

Last Night In Cuba!

A travel blog entry by smitherson

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After a 7 hour journey back to Santiago, our last evening and night unfurled. Nowt exciting, romantic or adventurous happened.  Booked a few flights on the internet, had pizza for dinner and went to bed.  That's it nothing more... Hmm they say ...

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

A travel blog entry by bruceontour

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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 ...

Seein' Fuegos, Cienfuegos, Cuba travel blog

Seein' Fuegos

A travel blog entry by uncle_davros

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... following day, we set off back to the square to begin our walk. Starting off at Park Marti, we visited the only Triumpant Arch in Cuba. Not very special, but it was ticked. There was also an old palace and a theatre. We knew of this last place as we had ...

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

Cockerel doing whatever cockerel do, but @ 3.33am!

A travel blog entry by bruceontour

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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

A travel blog entry by bruceontour

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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

A travel blog entry by bruceontour

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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

A travel blog entry by bruceontour

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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

A travel blog entry by bruceontour

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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

A travel blog entry by bruceontour

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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

A travel blog entry by bruceontour

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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

A travel blog entry by bruceontour

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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 ...

Habana, La Habana Vieja, Cuba travel blog

Habana

A travel blog entry by uncle_davros

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... I do realise that there is more to the world, so I had a surf and after a few discussions, I booked a couple of tickets to Cuba.   Havana Day 1   Straight through customs, changed some money and jumped in a cab. We had been watching the weather ...

Finding The Bay, Playa Girón, Cuba travel blog

Finding The Bay

A travel blog entry by uncle_davros

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When I was growing up, whenever Cuba was mentioned, The Bay of Pigs and the Cuban missile crisis would be mentioned in the same breath. And as the years have rolled by, I still haven't learnt really much about it, but as it is mentioned in the book, we ...

Havana, The Last, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Havana, The Last

A travel blog entry by uncle_davros

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Now the thing with cars in Cuba is that you pay for your first tank of petrol, so the idea is to bring the car back as empty as possible, and as we were down to under a quarter of a tank, had 97 K's to get to Havana, trust me, the pedal was definetly not ...

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

Multi-Coloured “All Sorts” Lollies

A travel blog entry by bruceontour

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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 ...

Chasing Che, Santa Clara, Cuba travel blog

Chasing Che

A travel blog entry by uncle_davros

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... loads of pictures of him, and I do this as I think it's a joke that he is out there everywhere, and as I am here in Cuba, I thought the best thing to do was to visit a town which Che was part of an important military victory during the revolution, plus he ...

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