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Central America Caribbean » Cuba » Oeste » La Habana June 27th 2018

Wednesday - Friday 27-29 June 2 pre-tour days + Day 1 of tour: Arrive Havana We were welcomed to Cuba! Flying via Vancouver (3hr stop over) and Toronto (1 hour stop over) with Air Canada we arrived in Havana at 11.00pm. We didn’t feel too bad and we immediately saw our driver when we exited customs. He took us on the 25-minute drive into Old Town Havana where we checked into Hotel D’Osbe. The Ensuite room was comfy but it was in the old town. Sleep didn’t evade us. The next morning, we had breakfast at 9.30am. The fresh fruit was lovely as was the fried egg and toast. We quickly learned that coffee was pretty good in Cuba. For the next 2 hours we were sifting through the means to get cash and find our ... read more
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Central America Caribbean » Cuba » Oeste » La Habana June 27th 2018

Map of our Cuba trip 29 June to 20 July 2018... read more

Central America Caribbean » Cuba » Oeste » La Habana April 17th 2018

Havana, Cuba People to People Cars, Art, Canons and Cemeteries Finally, the heart of our cruise, Havana, Cuba. This has been on the bucket list for years. Cuba, so very close, 90 miles to Key West, Florida, and yet unreachable for most Americans. Visa’s and passports in hand we disembark in Old Town Havana. We head down the gangway to the terminal where we go first through a metal detector just like at the airport, then down another hall where we line up in front of a half dozen, small immigration and customs stations. One person at a time, we step forward until it is our turn. Cope goes first. I can’t see the officer as the glass is frosted, but I see Cope, who is seriously answering questions from the officer. I see his passport ... read more
Havana Old Town
Art Cooperative

Central America Caribbean » Cuba » Oeste » La Habana April 6th 2018

First impression of Cuba. The customs officials. This is where Robert Palmer’s backing singers went. The uniforms are not mini-skirts, but micros with fishnet stockings and not one of them smiled. We wanted to take a photo but thought we might end up in a Cuban jail. Havana’s airport is about half an hour away from the center of town. We had been told that Cuban organization was more fluid than we might be used to. So, after we got through customs and we were looking for our driver that had been arranged to take us from the airport we were not surprised that we couldn’t find him. It took some negotiating with the lady at the information desk after which we were expecting to pay a guy to drive us to his friend’s casa particular ... read more
One of many old cars in Cuba
Good restaurant "5esquinas"
Old Cuban Jet

Central America Caribbean » Cuba » Oeste » La Habana March 2nd 2018

Our plane departure time was 8am, so we were required to be at Baracoa airport at 6am. So we were up to see the sunrise this morning. More importantly we saw the full moon over Baracoa bay, and it was lovely. It weren’t for the powerlines in the way it would have been a perfect view. Our host had organised a taxi for us who turned up around 5.30, put our bags on his roof rack and we were off to the airport. Now why we needed to check in two hours before when there are only two flights in an out of Baracoa a day, I don’t know. There were only about 70 passengers on the flight, but hey…that’s Cuba. To be fair, almost everything is manual. They manually wrote out our boarding passes, they ... read more

Central America Caribbean » Cuba » Oeste » La Habana February 18th 2018

This morning started off with a walking tour. Normally this is one of the first things I like to do in a new town but Havana is a little more challenging for the DAT. We had found a place that offered tours a few days earlier but we decided to shop around. Note to self, this is a communist country, there is no point in shopping around because there are very few choices. We had a very nice guide, who’s name I forgot, so for the purpose of this blog we’ll call him Carlos. We started the tour in Plaza Armas, which is apparently the exact location that Havana was started. When the Spanish pulled into the harbour and decided this looks like a good spot, they held a Mass under a tree and consecrated the ... read more
Ferry over the bay

Central America Caribbean » Cuba » Oeste » La Habana February 17th 2018

Today’s plan was to find Central Parque and the Museo de la Revolution. We had originally thought it was a bit of hike and we would need a taxi but Doug had taken us through the neighbourhood the night before and we realised its actually just a short walk. From Plaza Vieja it involved walking down streets we hadn’t seen before and it was quite entertaining, well for me at least. Jo stopped an turned around about ten times to see me snapping photos of various buildings. The contrast between buildings is quite striking. Some a well-kept, painted and pretty. Standing right next to them are buildings so covered in moss they look like they are rotting away. You do have to be careful where you walk here. Firstly, most of the streets are cobblestoned so ... read more
Paseo de Marti
Centro Habana
Museo de la Revoluciòn

Central America Caribbean » Cuba » Oeste » La Habana February 16th 2018

This morning after an absolutely terrible night’s sleep I was up at 5.30. The bed is really hard an I am struggling to get a decent night’s sleep. After two hours of staring at the wall I decided to get up and do some blogging, look over my photos and anything else I can do while not disturbing Jo. I quietly crept out of bed, felt around in the dark for my laptop and silent crept toward the door taking care not to bump into anything. Go to open the door CRRRREEAAAKKKK. So much for being quite trying to sneak out of the oldest bedroom in Havana. Eventually I did get tired enough to sleep and went ack to bed. I woke up at 9.30 to the sounds of my phone pinging. I was getting notifications ... read more
Terrace houses; Cuban style
Riding along in my automobile

Central America Caribbean » Cuba » Oeste » La Habana February 15th 2018

So today started with the all-important search for breakfast, and most importantly, COFFEE!. We have no food in the apartment and only half a bottle of water that Carmens mum left us. I still had some cash leftover from yesterdays ATM withdrawal (I didn’t take out much) so we could cover breakfast. We went back to where we found the ATM and it was attached to a bank, so we were able to convert our money to convertibles. Yaay! Even though I had to leave Jo to the business end because a) I’d left my passport at home and b) apparently two people can’t approach the counter at the same time. We split the cash and walked back to our apartment to stash some of it because it is quite a lot to be waking around ... read more
Plaza Armas
Castilo de la Real Fureza
Museo de Cuidad

Central America Caribbean » Cuba » Oeste » La Habana February 14th 2018

This morning we were up bright eyed and bushy tailed for our journey into Cuba. The flights were relatively uneventful. Two flights from New Orleans (which we left covered in fog) to Miami and then onto Havana. Jo inadvertently found a work around for the baggage charge for American flights. They charge you $25 per checked bag. I dutifully paid and checked my bag, Jo took hers through as carry on. (so many folks do that here) At the gates they ask again if you would like to check your bags at which point Jo decided yes I would. No charge. Smart cookie that one We purchased our Visa’s in Miami, three forms which ask all the standard questions and strenuously point out that you must fill in all details correctly. Another form will result in ... read more

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