The people, music, food, cigars, and much more.

Trip Start May 01, 1958
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Trip End Dec 31, 2014


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Where I stayed
Parque Central
What I did
Robaina tobacco farm

Flag of Cuba  ,
Friday, December 28, 2012

Map of Havana

 
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 During the 13-days in Havana, I met a plastic surgeon and a restaurant owner from San Francisco, and these two guys have visited Cuba 40 times!   Also met some people from Moscow, a professional singer-musician, David "Negro" Bradish, from Sweden, the "best" sax player in Cuba, a couple from Ireland, a guy from London, an attorney from Canada, and a photographer from California.

Had meals at some great restaurants, Cafe Laurent (rated #1), our old hangout, La Guarida, La Terraza where I ate the best leg of lamb, Melia Habana's Japanese restaurant (it was Ceasar's day off), Castillo Del Medio (Hemingway's hangout for mojitos), Cafe Oriente for New Year's Eve dinner with the gang, La Dominica for lunch, La Cocina de Lilliam, La Emprenta, and Torre de Mariel (great food and service at reasonable prices).   All great restaurants.

Alexander and I were invited to a friend's home for dinner one evening.  That one was memorable!

Visited Pinar del Rio to visit a orchid botanical garden, the Robaina farm, and the river resort area.  We visited Romeo and Julietta and Partagas cigar factories, and a cigar museum in the old town.

We visited Nacional Hotel to sit in the back patio to have some drinks and cigars, visited the home of Jose Marti (museum), the art market, Castillo de Farnes for meals, drinks, and cigars, and to listen to the music.  We stopped by Hotel Libre built by Hilton, but taken over by Castro as his headquarters four months after the hotel opened.   Did the tour of Camera Obscura to look at the surroundings of old town on a circular screen, and to spend some time on the roof to take some pictures located at Plaza Vieja.   Visited the chocolate factory and bought some chocolates.    

Four days after returning from Cuba, I was on a flight to Honolulu to visit with my siblings and nephew where I spent one week in paradise.

Some pictures of my journey in Cuba.

Dec 31: New Year's Eve

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In and around Havana

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