Tim James

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Tim James


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Joined: October 13th, 2013
From: lives in Basingstoke,United Kingdom



Central America Caribbean » Cuba March 25th 2017

Geo: 23.1168, -82.3886Our last day. A day spent hanging around the local area. There was a guided tour of the hotel but we pitched up to find it was crowded and we couldn't hear what the guide was saying so we decided to break away and go for a walk around the local area outside of the hotel. This area was clearly more modern with more money spent on it. Still not to the standard of a city we're useful to seeing but nevertheless better kept than the old town. We intended to walk to Revolution Square but because it was 4km we decided to try a tuctuc. The driver wanted 15cuc but we thought it was too expensive so then ended up sitting by the pool reading our books instead. We had a nice relaxing ... read more
Hotel National
A fancy bridge as we get around Ningbo
Hotel National

Central America Caribbean » Cuba March 24th 2017

Geo: 23.1168, -82.3886After breakfast at the Sunset Restaurant we took a final peek at the beach then checked out and read our books whilst waiting for out taxi to Havana. The taxi turned up exactly on time. Edel, our driver had just driven the 5 hours to pick us up. He was a very talkative 29 year old dad of Brian aged 3. He chatted about the political status, the political characters and generally how poor the country and economy are. He described the inherent corruption that's part and parcel of their way of life. Both of his parents were vets but because it's a government profession they earned just 40cuc a month. Edel has a degree in economics but drives a taxi because he earns much more money Han he ever would in a 'professional' ... read more
Hotel National - Foyer
Hongqiao Railway Station
John Blakeley

Central America Caribbean » Cuba March 23rd 2017

Geo: 22.6481, -79.0214Groundhog day - went for a long walk along the beach and collected some shells, then laid under our sunshade reading. Tim went in the sea a couple ot times. Only drank one pina colada today. Missed lunch, and had an ice cream instead. Then lay on a lounger by the pool until it was time to get ready for dinner. We decided to break the rules as we didn't fancy the set menu opting instead for the snack menu from which we chose Spaghetti Bolognese (and we fed the cat!) We listened to a five man classical singing act in the hotel foyer. Then off to bed for our last night in paradise... read more
Light display inside the subway- Advertising!!
Royalton Cayo Santa Maria
Ready to hire a bike, no way

Central America Caribbean » Cuba March 22nd 2017

Geo: 22.6481, -79.0214Another day, another blog similar (if not identical) to yesterday! Breakfast at the Sunset restaurant, which we've decided is our favourite place to eat as it is more of a light, open space than the other two, followed by a few hours on sunbeds looking out to sea. Two pina colada's served by the beach waiter today - it's a bit like the offer of a cuppa at home! Dinner at 18:30 followed by a coffee and more pina colada's. Five in total for Tim today. We waited for the evenings entertainment. It was a fire act followed by a group of dancing synchronised swimmer's....not seen that before.... read more
Royalton Cayo Santa Maria
On approach to St Pierre
Royalton Cayo Santa Maria

Central America Caribbean » Cuba March 21st 2017

Geo: 22.6481, -79.0214Late breakfast followed by a walk down to the beach to lie under the umbrellas and read our books. Another tough day in paradise. Tim joined in with beach volley ball organised by the entertainment team. His team won but regrettably he pulled his achilles tendon which had just started to repair itself.The beach waiter collected our order for the first pina colada of the day- it would have been rude to have refused! Although I did turn down an on the beach foot massage. We stopped at the little hut on the beach for a quesidilla (we shared one chicken and one shredded beef) and lemon with crushed ice on our way back to the room.We fancied watching a film which Tim viewed whilst in the bath (shutters separating the bedroom from the ... read more
The view while we have breakfast
Royalton Cayo Santa Maria
M&M crazy over here!!

Central America Caribbean » Cuba March 20th 2017

Geo: 22.6481, -79.0214Towels at dawn! Walking to breakfast we noticed all sunbeds were bagsied although there was nobody in sight. Breakfast was cheese omelette with hash browns and bacon. We fed ham to a stray ginger cat with a gammy eye before reading the sign requesting us not to feed the cats!We collected our swimming towels noting that no loungers had yet been occupied despite guest towels suggesting otherwise! Hence we headed for the beach where we found a sunbed under an umbrella and had the plan of staying there for a few hours. Waiters collected orders regularly for the beach bar; not something we're typically used to. At 13:30 we left the beach to have lunch at Sunset restaurant and made our way to reception to hand over our hire car. The driver would need ... read more
Royalton Cayo Santa Maria
Royalton Cayo Santa Maria
Royalton Cayo Santa Maria

Central America Caribbean » Cuba March 19th 2017

Geo: 22.6481, -79.0214Checked out after breakfast as today we are moving across to the other side of the island to an all inclusive beach resort for our final leg. We stopped for petrol - it took a while to work out the pump system but soon on our way having asked another driver who happened to be one of the few Brits we've encountered. The downloaded Sat nav was invaluable when navigating some of the towns but actually the signposts to the next main town on our route were OK. The landscape was mainly flat with mountains in the distance, lots of fruit trees and farm land and locals outside their homes selling fruit, meat or drinks. The villages were buzzing with men on bikes (apart from children we've never seen women riding bikes) or in ... read more
Cayo Santa Maria
Royalton Cayo Santa Maria
Cayo Santa Maria


Geo: 21.8, -79.98A Lazy day in Trinidad town exploring. After breakfast we wandered into the main square, read our books and watched the world go by. We climbed the bell tower and visited the museum with exhibits dating back to the revolution, then on to the best coffee shop (according to Manuel) in Trinidad, Don Pepe's. later in the evening we went to La Botija, a really nice restaurant that used to be where slaves were kept in the 1800s. The walls were adorned with chains and other rather sinister equipment. The restaurant staff uniform was a slave outfit.... read more
Tallest Tower in the Town
Trinidad
Trinidad


Geo: 21.8, -79.98Woo hoo Tim's 51st birthday.Breakfast was good here too...only on a grander scale. If the locals could see our breakfast I'm sure they'd be amazed too.We decide to get in the car and find Menas Iznagas. Made significant by its huge concrete tower that was used to view the surrounding sugar plantations. We had a mooch around. Julie bought a table cloth from a local stall and we drove around for a while before finding Mirador. A hilltop bar and viewing point across the Valle de los Inglaisos. Here we read our books and caught up with our diary. It was quite windy being high up - we resisted a go on the zip wire. Back at the hotel we freshened up and went for dinner at a mid-18th century built house turned in ... read more
Menas Iznagas
Menas Iznagas
Cuba


Geo: 21.8, -79.98Breakfast at 8.30am. Freshly squeezed pineapple, coffee with hot milk. A plate of nicely presented fruit consisting of pineapple, grapefruit, guava, mango and papaya. All followed with toast, bread rolls and a cooked breakfast of bacon, eggs, cheese and sweet potato. We were stuffed!Just before we left we chatted with the people in the other rooms. They were Cubans who had escaped to the USA at the time of the revolution. They had brought their children who were visiting for the first time. It was pretty emotional for the mother. The father was still in the US. He couldn't bring himself to return.We set off for Trinidad. A much shorter journey then the day before. We detoured to El Nicho. A set of waterfalls in the mountains. It was an amazing drive through the ... read more
Bye Ivan!
El Nicho
On the road to El Nicho




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