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Nov 13, 2018 - The land of Cigars and Cuba Libres

November 4th: We have landed in Cuba and unfortunately Customs is a lot more complex then Key West. The others, who are in suites, get off early and I give Brian some cash to convert. One CUC (Convertible Cuban Peso) is .87 to the American dollar. While lots of bars and shops will take US dollars, the smaller places only take CUCs. The Cubans use another form the CUP, or Cuban Peso that is 25 CUP to the CUC. More about that later on. After we get off we head along the waterfront to the big market. This is a giant warehouse full of small...

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Road to Morocco

Oct 21, 2018 - Havana Cuba

So the Norwegian Sun left the Port of Miami at the scheduled time. Our next (scheduled) stop was to be Great Stirrup Cay, a 268-acre island that is part of the Berry Islands in the Bahamas. Norwegian Cruise Line purchased the island from the Belcher Oil Company in 1977 and developed it into a private island for their cruise ship passengers. Since we did NOT stop here due to bad weather, and we just added another “SEA Day” to our itinerary (that’s what they do when they skip a port) we spent the day touring the ship, which BTW is the exact...

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Oct 13, 2018 - Havana Cuba – Empress of the Seas

Our first port of call in Cuba was Havana. The most popular thing about Havana is the old American cars that they have fixed up and drive. We saw several of them on our tour about the city. At one point, we stopped in a big parking lot in the Plaza de la Revolución (Revolution Square) where there were a lot of these cars. For a few CUCs (Cuban Convertible Pesos), you could get a ride around the block in one of them. There was no charge for taking your picture with one. We noticed several of them were painted a kind of fuchsia color. I...

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Retired at Last!

Aug 27, 2018 - Havana - steamy Caribbean gem

This is a short update on Havana - more complete details to follow.... I do love Havana and Cuba...it is a Caribbean gem, somewhat unpolished, far from living up to its potential. I missed Havana last time - spent more time in that crazy José Martí International Airport last time than I spent in the city. So, I had to get more acquainted with it yesterday - it was unfinished business, and a need to get it out of my system. Travelling back from the airport along the somewhat 3rd grade roads sub-standard for my hometown of Dalby (even today),...

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MallyD Travel

May 12, 2018 - Havana, Cuba

Out for a walk this morning and looking for a place for some breakfast and it sure looks like more rain, LOL Exchanged a bit more money to CUC. Went to the Capitolio Nacional plaza check out the area then a stop for some breakfast and as I was just getting back to my room the rain started, just made it back in time. LOL It rained about a hour then stopped so headed out to check out the old fort Castillo de San Salvador de la Punta at the entry to the harbor, with this fort and the one across the channel would have been impossible to enter...

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Mexico and Cuba 2018

May 10, 2018 - Havana, Cuba

Breakfast at the BnB then repacked my luggage and waited for my ride to pick me up. Was there at 10:00 AM a bright red 1952 Chevrolet convertible car with the original engine the car was in great shape, and my local hero the young man that had set up my trip Elvy, Loaded up my bags was just enough room in the truck for them as there was a big amp and speakers in there, LOL off for a city tour with a couple stops, was a great ride, and just before we got to my new BnB it started to rain so had quickly pullover and put up the top which is not...

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Mexico and Cuba 2018

May 9, 2018 - Cienfuegos and on to Havana

Another small breakfast again way too much food,LOL it was a walk to the main plaza about 10 blocks away, passing many horse drawn taxis, checking out some things along the way lot's of 50's cars some in real good shape some of them having seen a lot of hard times, only a few with the original engines most blowing lots of black smoke. A stop at the bank to exchange some money then off for a city tour an a small train, checked out the naval museum then a stop for lunch at a pizza place, then back to the BnB got my luggage and off to the bus...

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Mexico and Cuba 2018

May 6, 2018 - Havana, Cuba

A wake up call at 4:00 AM finish packing and off to the airport for my flight, see you in Cuba. I got into Havana, Cuba through passport control, bag claim and customs, with no problems, was met by my local guide, a stop to exchange money, got a taxi and off to my airBnB near the bus station. Got checked into my room, made plans for the rest of the day, then out for some lunch and then off to the beach for the afternoon returning back to my room a bit of rest and then out for dinner. A very great day in Habana, I now have traveled to 100 of...

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Mexico and Cuba 2018

May 8, 2017 - Cienfuegos to Havana

Last day in Cienfuegos. We enjoyed breakfast at 8 and were pretty relaxed as apart from changing some money, we don't have anything planned for today apart from catching the bus at 4:15. We thought we might see about going to the beach....Rancho Luna. A few days ago lady in the tour office told me the cost is 10CUC each way for a taxi, about 18k and takes about 20 minutes. We walked into the city and found a bank. There was a huge line outside and people were being let in as someone came out. I tried the ATMs around the corner. The two I...

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May 3, 2017 - Havana PHOTOS TO BE ADDED

The owner of our apartment said she would be here to collect our data at 9:30am and I was well and truly awake when she arrived. She was very helpful with connecting to wifi (even though there is wifi to the apartment, you have to buy a card from a shop that has a user name and pin. You use your own wifi password first and then add the user name and pin). She is also arranging to take us to the bus or shared taxi tomorrow. Apparently shared taxis go from the bus station. It was then time to hit the streets. We are in the old town so just...

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May 2, 2017 - Tijuana to Havana PHOTOS TO BE ADDED

Big day today as we fly from Tijuana to CUBA however we spend a whole day doing it. We fly out of Tijuana at 9:35am and arrive in Havana at 10:15pm if all goes to plan. We were up early as Bibi had ordered her friend with a taxi to pick us up at 7:00am. We were ready, the price was agreed as US$7 and off we went. It was a reasonable length journey and it was interesting to see the city along the way. A car in front of us looked as though its left back wheel was going to fall off. The roads are in pretty bad repair however seemed a bit...

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Apr 16, 2017 - Havana

Our first full day in Havana started with breakfast on the patio. Soon after we headed up to some shops to try to source an internet card but to no avail. People kept giving us detailed instructions in Spanish (or perhaps they were saying 'get lost you bloody foreigner') which didn't help us in any way. We followed some instructions that I had downloaded along Calle 17. This street was full of mansions in various states of repair. Some were suffering from genteel neglect, others were ready for demolition while yet more were being restored,...

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