- To the beach and homeSadly, we board the bus for the final leg of our trip. Truth be told, we would like to have stayed in Havana the next two days with more time to explore the old city and just engage with Posted by cobaltcat in La Habana, Cuba | May 23, 2015
- Our last day in HavanaOur last day in Havana began with overcast skies and showers. This turned out to be temporary, and the day ended beautifully. With rain jackets handy we began the day at Castillo de Los Tres Reyes del Posted by cobaltcat in La Habana, Cuba | May 23, 2015
- Music,Dance and Farmer's MarketOur Sunday morning began as usual with breakfast at the extensive buffet in the hotel. We remained at the hotel for a presentation by Professor Baez on the development of Cuban music - the history and it's many Posted by cobaltcat in La Habana, Cuba | May 23, 2015
- Cuban Fine Arts Museum and MuraleandoAfter walking around all morning, a really nice lunch, and more walking around, the sound of the arts museum elicited groans from a few. As we soon found out, this wasn't going to be like your last art appreciation Posted by cobaltcat in La Habana, Cuba | May 21, 2015
- La Habana ViejoBy late morning the skies were clearing as we continued our walk around the squares and side streets of Old Havana. There is restoration happening everywhere. There are no vehicles allowed on the cobblestone streets, pedestrians can meander Posted by cobaltcat in La Habana, Cuba | May 21, 2015
- HomecomingAs we were leaving our visit with Kelvin, Carole and Vivian said because we were so close to the address for grandfather's house we would try to at least drive by. We were only about 8 blocks away. Posted by cobaltcat in La Habana, Cuba | May 20, 2015
- Labor DayThe morning started a little earlier than hoped. About 4:40 AM the sound of bongos coming from the street awoke us. They would come and go with the addition of claves, singing and other rhythmic sounds. It Posted by cobaltcat in La Habana, Cuba | May 20, 2015
- Hotel Nacional de CubaAfter a long and exciting day it is time to check into our hotel. We gather in the bar to receive our instructions for the next morning and here comes another mojito! The dining room and lobby of Posted by cobaltcat in La Habana, Cuba | May 19, 2015
- After DinnerAfter dinner we were off to visit our first artist's studio. We were welcomed into the home of Harold Vasquez and Glenda Salazar. Harold and Glenda are both artists working in photography but in very different ways. Posted by cobaltcat in La Habana, Cuba | May 19, 2015
- Our first PaladarSince we were running late, instead of a late lunch we were having an early dinner. Our destination, La Fontana, is a lovely privately owned restaurant in the home of Ernesto. The mojito glasses were lined up on Posted by cobaltcat in La Habana, Cuba | May 19, 2015
- Our very personal journey beginsOur travel blog requires a little background. Many Americans are travelling to Cuba now to see the old cars and architecture before too many outside influences imprint themselves on the island. My husband comes from a Cuban family, most Posted by cobaltcat in La Habana, Cuba | May 19, 2015
- Cuba Libre: A Nation in TransitionLesson #1
Cuba is controversial. Travel to Cuba is controversial. At least from an American perspective.
O Posted by TulsaTrot in Globetrotting Around the World | May 9, 2015
- Cienfuegos, Trinidad, VaraderoCienfuegos
Next stop is Cienfuegos, further south. We share a taxi with a couple from Quebec, at least we thought it was a taxi, it turns out to be just a guy with a private car who takes us about 1hr Posted by Lifeis4living in 6 months in South and Central America | Apr 17, 2015
After queueing 2 hours the previous day to get our bus ticket (only one ticket desk open at a time and many tourists), we arrive in Vinales, about 3 hrs west of Habana and home to much of the tobacco Posted by Lifeis4living in 6 months in South and Central America | Mar 30, 2015
- Last Point on the TourAs I finally get around to posting this entry, more than a month has passed since I basked in the warm weather and blue skies of Cuba. Spring has taken her own sweet time in coming to this part of Posted by pscotterly in Tour to Cuba | Mar 22, 2015
- HavanaIt is difficult to describe my first impression, our taxi is a 25 year old Lada, outside the architecture is very square, very grey and very bleak, although I have never been to Russia, it is how I imaged it Posted by Lifeis4living in 6 months in South and Central America | Mar 20, 2015
- I love Cuba - Fascinating, complex and vibrant2nd March
With a little trepidation, I make my way to Cancun airport for my last destination - country number 13 (and last) on this trip - Cuba. My first job of obtaining a tourist card was easy, just hand in Posted by Lifeis4living in 6 months in South and Central America | Mar 20, 2015
- GuantanamoUntil I visited Guantanamo, I knew only two things about Guantanamo:
1. The song [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lmyQOq4MAdY|Guantanamera]]
You might remember [[http://www.josefeliciano.com/wp/|Jose Feliciano]]J singing it, but every group throughout Posted by pscotterly in Tour to Cuba | Mar 11, 2015
- Everything Great but the HotelOur journey from Trinidad to Camaguey was a few hours long and stopped at a "truck stop."
[img=http://photos.travellerspoint.com/510746/Remains_of_Old_Sugar_Mill.jpg capt Posted by pscotterly in Tour to Cuba | Mar 9, 2015
- Trinidad, Cuba
There is more to see and do in [[http://www.pbase.com/wkimages/trinidadcuba&page=all|Trinidad, Cuba]] than what I experienced.
I am not complaining, jus Posted by pscotterly in Tour to Cuba | Mar 8, 2015
- Cienfuegos[[http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1202|Cienfuegos]] is another UNESCO-supported city.
Initially settled by the French, the architecture is different from much of the Spanish-influenced remainder of the Island.
[img=http://photos.travellerspoint.com/51074 Posted by pscotterly in Tour to Cuba | Mar 6, 2015
- Reasons to VisitTheir are two reasons to visit Santa Clara, Cuba:
1. To see where the [[http://latinamericanhistory.about.com/od/historyofthecaribbean/a/08battlestaclar.htm|the Revolution was won]].
[img=http://photos.travellerspoint.com/510746/Where_the_..ion_W Posted by pscotterly in Tour to Cuba | Mar 5, 2015
- Las Terrazas, Cuba
The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Artemisa_Province|Artemisa province]] is close enough to Habana to enjoy a rural and artistic tour. As a matter of fact, I encou Posted by pscotterly in Tour to Cuba | Mar 4, 2015
- Cultural ContactsUnless they go to Cuba via a foreign country, USA citizens must travel with a sanctioned tour that provides cultural and people-to-people contacts.
Although relations have been lightened by Obama, this restriction has not been lifted. Apparently, it is e Posted by pscotterly in Tour to Cuba | Mar 4, 2015
- TransportationI believe you can see great differences among countries - and even cities within a country - by looking at the transportation.
Sculptors must agree.
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