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…

Havana by bicycle

Monday, 4 May 2015 Breakfast at Alberto’s was served on the balcony at an outdoor furniture setting made of white wrought-iron lace. The balcony was shaded in the mornings and it caught sea breezes that drifted up from the Malecón. Breakfasts always included fresh tropical fruits, and were beautifully presented. I was adjusting to the…

Waylaid in Vedado

Sunday, 3 May 2015 There is a small business in Havana called CubaRuta that organises bicycle tours of Havana. Susie had stumbled upon it while she was researching our trip on the internet in Australia. She had booked us on a bicycle tour on Sunday, so we arranged with Alberto to have an early breakfast,…