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Central America Caribbean » Cuba » Cienfuegos March 15th 2017

Geo: 22.1495, -80.4436Time to move on and explore further afield. The first step was how get to Park Central with our bags. The taxis aren't keen to navigate the old town backstreets for such a small job so we decided Julie and the bags would go via rickshaw and I would walk the 20 minutes to the Rex Car Hire office behind the Iberostar Hotel. Sounds exciting but was really quite routine for travel around Havana. It really wasn't possible to drag the bags over the cobbled streets.We had a relatively new Chinese made MG. Not quite an MGB GT but nonetheless good for the job. We didn't want anything that might break down in the wilderness. We used NAVMii to find our way out of the city and onto the motorway. Although the roads are ... read more
Playa Larga - Bay of Pigs
Cash Ivan And Lily
Cienfuegos

Central America Caribbean » Cuba March 14th 2017

Geo: 23.1168, -82.3886No trips today so we decided to retrace the walking tour but going in some of the buildingsBreakfastWe decided to retrace our walk around the old town and look into the interesting places at a slower pace. We're quickly learning that although it looks quite run down it's a very safe city with really friendly people. Our first stop was Armament a Square where we went into the old fort. There was all sorts there including a big chest of pirates gold coins. Definitely worth a visit. We stopped in the square for a while to read our books.... until it started to rain.We found a good place to have a drink under cover in Cathedral square. Their coffee machine was broken so we had a Pina Colada and listened to the street music ... read more
From our cabin
Ration Shop
From our cabin

Central America Caribbean » Cuba March 13th 2017

Geo: 22.5823, -83.746We had a private tour booked to take us to Vinales at 8am however Julie had stomach cramps so it was touch and go whether we went anywhere - it's very unlike her not to have breakfast! We decided to go and Manuel our driver met us in reception on the dot. He was very knowledgeable and told us lots about life in Cuba eg: Cubans have ration cards to obtain essentials such as rice, beans, salt. They go to special stores. If they need more food, they go to markets and pay with their wages; Cubans only get a pension if they work for the government for 30 years. Car number plate pre-fix advise who is driving eg an E is an embassy car, a T is a tourist, a B is for ... read more
Magoles
The Indian Caves
Mural

Central America Caribbean » Cuba March 12th 2017

Geo: 23.1168, -82.3886Breakfast was OK. A bit like a cross between a continental breakfast and an English one. Only Cuban style with lots of egg, rice, beans amongst other things.The hotel is in a great position in the old part of town. It's quite alien from Basingstoke with people everywhere and buildings that have mostly seen better days. We waited for a guide that we'd booked to have our introduction to the city. Although Millie was late, she was brill. Full of info and really pleasant to be with. She led us around the four main historic squares taking about the building and history as well as giving us an insight into what it's like to live in Cuba. Although obviously less advantaged than us she was really happy and painted a good picture. A well ... read more
Old Square - Just Along From The Hotel Raquel
St Francis of Assisi Square
St Francis of Assisi Square

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Hampshire » Basingstoke March 11th 2017

Geo: 51.2351, -1.12412We set off early for the airport. Looking forward to a cooked breakfast at Gatwick. We sat in the same table in Wetherspoons that we sat in when we went to Portugal with Leanne, Rilwan and Marley last year.The plane wasn't full so we had a bank seats to ourselves. Although the 10hr seemed to go by quickly you still get off the plane feeling like you've been run over by a truck!Pretty biting flight and arrived in Havana. It's the same drill whereever you go these days. Through immigration, through another time scanner and off to collect the bags. It's a pretty chaotic process here with people everywhere. Everyone looks to be tourists.We met the Cuba Direct rep and were taken to our taxi. A 1950s Plymouth complete with broken speedo, an air ... read more
Hotel Raquel

South America » Argentina February 1st 2016

Geo: -34.6118, -58.4173No info from anyone today. We looked on the Air France website and see we're booked onto the 16:55 flight. All we can do is assume we'll be picked up around mid afternoon so we can't stray too far from the hotel. We're picked up at 15:00.We get to the Air France desk to find we're not actually ticketed so have to go to the ticket desk and see if there are any seats. Shame we'd queued for an hour in the baggage line to find this out. We managed to get on to the flight but in seats at each end of the plane. The organisation was quite poor. We'll have to think twice before flying with Air France again!We got home 24 hours late but had a great holiday nonetheless.Oh..... Air France ... read more
Downtown Yangon
Statue
Downtown Yangon

South America » Argentina January 31st 2016

Geo: -34.5952, -58.3934How wrong were we! We thought we'd finish off with a few hours in the city before jetting off home. We got up as usual. Had some breakfast and vacated our stateroom (cabin to you & me). After waiting for an hour in the upper deck we then went to the terminal to find our bags and transfer to the Sheraton. We eventually got to the hotel and after a bit of messing around had just 2 hours before the transfer to the airport at 14:00. When we got there we queued for a couple of hours before being told the flight had a technical fault and that we were delayed. They would call us when they had any info. We were shipped off to a very tatty hotel back in the city. This ... read more

South America » Argentina January 30th 2016

Geo: -34.5952, -58.3934Up early for a 10 mile bike tour around Argentina's capital, Buenos Aires (our last port of call). It was overcast but warm - it had rained the day prior so the tour guide said we were lucky. Our tour guide was a 29 year old local guy named Leo who brought two other female colleagues to help cross the busier crossings. 22 of us set off in convoy along Buenos Aries city streets, quieter than normal due to it being a Saturday. Our first stop was a park with a sculpture of a huge metal flower - the flower opens in sunlight and closes as it gets darker. Thankfully there were cycle paths once we moved away from the docks. We cycled through the most expensive area of the city (the north) which ... read more
Buenos Aires
Blacksmiths at the local market
Buenos Aires

South America » Uruguay January 29th 2016

Geo: -34.8939, -56.1568Montevideo (capital of Uruguay) today - it was hot early and when we woke up the ship was already docked. From the harbour it looked very built up and industrial, and is obviously a very busy port - there was lots to watch - all sorts of ships coming and going, loads of stacked containers waiting to be loaded on the quayside and our ship had offloaded its rubbish which was being transferred to skip by forklift and new supplies were coming onboard. We ventured out of the dock on our own for a walk about an hour before our organised tour was due to begin. Montevideo has a typical city feel, bustling, lots of traffic and many different nationalities. There are lots of old stone buildings and the streets are laid out in ... read more
Montevideo
Meat Grill Old Town Montevideo
The Theatre

South America » Uruguay January 28th 2016

Geo: -34.9751, -54.943Queued for our tender ticket (no sticker required today) - with no shore excursion booked we hopped on the tender armed with sun cream and our books. It was hot at 9am. Ten minutes to shore. We collected a walking tour map (a 2 hour tour taking in 11 points of interest) from the tourist information office at the end of the disembarkation pier and set off for the first point of interest. Our fist impression of Punta de Este was what a beautiful place it was. Clean, golden sandy beaches, a marina with nice boats, expensive, well kept houses and holiday lets along the seafront, hundreds of palm trees and a generally good vibe - unlike the residential areas of Puerto Madryn, Argentina, the houses weren't gated which suggested that crime is low. ... read more
Fish market
Greedy sea lion
Punta Del Este lighthouse




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