Old Havana day 3

Wednesday, 10 June 2015 This was our last full day in Cuba, so we were keen to search out a decent breakfast. All I really wanted was a half-decent coffee. Susie hit on the idea of trying the café above a popular bakery called Santo Domingo. She tried a pastry or two and I tried…

Old Havana day 2

Tuesday, 9 June 2015 The Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes consists of two separate buildings several blocks apart. One contains Cuban art and the other houses everything else. We were interested in the Cuban collection, and it was definitely worth setting aside at least half a day to explore it. The museo is a lovely…

Old Havana

Monday 8 June, 2015 After we enjoyed our final Breakfast in Marte’s spectacular apartment, Susie finished reading a novel that she had selected from a small library that Marte’s previous guests had left behind. When the last page had been turned we ventured onto the grid of Vedado and made our way back to the…

Vedado day 3

Sunday, 7 June 2015 On our last full day in Vedado we had our breakfast on the balcony in the main living area of Marte’s apartment and took in the spectacular views. We then spent the rest of the morning re-arranging our luggage so that we could transport Clare’s belongings home, and meet the weight…

Vedado day 2

Saturday, 6 June 2015 Saturday was one of those days when things just don’t go according to plan. But serendipities compensated… Our first stop was the Hotel Havana Libre, formerly known as the Havana Hilton. After the 1959 revolution, Fidel Castro famously occupied one of the suites for three months. The name of the hotel…

Vedado day 1

Friday, 5 June 2015 We arrived back in Havana during the Biennale, which featured numerous art installations along the Malecón. Susie set aside a morning to take the camera on an art tour, so we made our way down to the harbour and walked back along the seawall almost to Vedado. The artworks were mostly…

Viñales to Havana

Thursday, 4 June 2015 Our host, Midalys, was a single mother who worked hard to keep everything going at the casa. Nevertheless, she often found time to chat to us, and she gracefully tolerated our halting Spanish. Because she was always tending to the needs of her guests, we wanted to give her a treat…

Playa Girón to Havana again

Saturday, May 30 2015 For our last day in Playa Girón we decided to return to La Playa los Cocos. Because it was Saturday, the locals were also there relaxing in the sun. There were family groups and a large group of young people who looked like hipsters bussed in from Vedado. There was also…

Susie’s birthday

Monday, 11 May 2015 On the morning of Susie’s birthday we had breakfast out on the balcony with spectacular views of centro district. To mark the occasion, our host Melba cooked a caramel cake with topical fruits erupting out of the centre. It was delicious. After breakfast we walked up to the Teatro America to…

Return to Havana

Sunday, 10 May 2015 On Sunday we began the day with a self-guided walk to El Cafetal Buena Vista. Built in 1801 by French refugees from Haiti, this is reputed to be the oldest coffee plantation in Cuba. The walk from Hotel Moka was 5 km in each direction. We were on the road by…

Busy day in Havana

Wednesday, 6 May 2015 Our new lodgings were private and comfortable but there was no view. The breakfast consisted mostly of boiled eggs which Susie will not eat, so we left the room early, retrieved some washing from Alberto and left a pack with him for safekeeping. We would have no need for our snorkelling…

Art Deco tour of Havana

Tuesday, 5 May 2015 After another fortifying breakfast on Alberto’s balcony, we set out to meet up with two friends from Sydney, Glynnis and Johnny, who were passing through Havana at the same time we were there. Johnny had booked an Art Deco tour of Havana in a classic car for the four us before…