XXX (Kiss, Kiss, Kiss) Habana 56

Not withstanding the views expressed by others about the latin charms of Havana's residents, or the thread on Trip Advisor about where to find romance in the city, it's not a place that I would consider as having a lot of romantic possibilities. Now that might say more about me than it does Havana.  Perhaps … Continue reading XXX (Kiss, Kiss, Kiss) Habana 56

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What did the Romans…. (SOS)

... ever do for Catalonia? Earlier in my posts about Barcelona I mentioned that the development of the city really began with the arrival of the Romans who developed a great port here and laid the foundations for the prosperous metropolis that was to spread inland.  So is this a city with Roman sites to … Continue reading What did the Romans…. (SOS)

Women (Habana 55)

Perhaps it was because I wasn't in a relationship when I went to Havana, but it seemed that many of the people I told about the trip reacted with a knowing smile and exclaimed "Ah, all the Latin beauties".  Several of these people were women too, although I suspect that Maria, who is Portuguese, was a … Continue reading Women (Habana 55)

Vieja (Habana 54)

Old Havana was my favourite part of the city, so you can imagine that I expected to be similarly enthralled with Plaza Vieja, the Old Square.  The name is slightly misleading; when this open space was first created in the mid 16th Century the Plaza de Armas was already the city's main square, so the newcomer was … Continue reading Vieja (Habana 54)

USA (Habana 53)

You can't really consider Cuba as a country without considering the role of Uncle Sam; their intervention in the war for independence from Spain was a turning point, the consideration of Cuba become part of the Union, the influx of American investment (much of it from organised crime), their support for the Batista dictatorship until … Continue reading USA (Habana 53)

Transport (Habana 52)

I may have mentioned elsewhere that I covered Havana on foot each day, but there are plenty of other ways of getting around the city. Across the Gulf of Mexico, young Americans heading for a night out may well opt for a limo to take them partying, here it seemed there were less ostentatious options.The … Continue reading Transport (Habana 52)

Train (Habana 51)

Next week's Havana post covers transport, but neglects to mention trains, yet as you will know if you read my Mambi post I was aware of a rail infrastructure. So why the oversight?  Well firstly as my travels were confined to the city I had no need to investigate further, which is a pity really … Continue reading Train (Habana 51)