Cutest kids eating icecreams on Flores. Guatemala

Charming Flores, Guatemala

  The tiny island of Flores in Peten Lake, Guatemala is the perfect stopping off point for a visit to the magnificent Mayan ruins of Tikal. Wandering the charming cobblestone streets lined with colourful colonial architecture is the ideal way to take in the sights and soak up all the ambiance of this tucked away…

Chicken Bus on the Streets of Antigua

On the Streets of Antigua, Guatemala

Antigua was absolutely beguiling – gorgeous architecture, cobblestone streets, colourful local buses and a good dose of indigenous culture, all set to a magnificent natural backdrop of volcanoes. It’s quite easy to see the latest of my obsessions – volcanoes and the local buses also affectionately referred to as chicken buses.

Mirror Street Art on the Malecon

the Malecon, Havana, Cuba

Havana’s Malecon runs some 8 kilometres from Old Havana right down to Verdado.  This waterfront esplanade and roadway is a magnet for locals looking to hang out and relax in the evenings.   During the day it’s more popular with fishermen and those looking to cool off in the deep blue waters of the Florida Straits….

Classic car with the stunning Palacio Del Valle in the background.

Palacio de Valle, Cienfuegos, Cuba

The truly magnificent Palacio de Valle has a fascinating mix of architectural influences that include Gothic, Romanesque, Baroque and Mudejar.   Full of beautiful intricate detail this neo-gothic jewel sits on the tip of Punta Gorda with sweeping ocean views on three sides.    

People dance in the streets as a band plays inside a bar in Santa Clara, Cuba.

Mojitos and Night in Santa Clara, Cuba

A small bar in the beautiful old Teatro La Caridad building in Santa Clara is probably the best place to sit back and relax with a mojito in town.  Blessed with a position right on the central square it makes a great place to suck in all the atmosphere of this fabulous small town. The…

Exploring Santa Clara, Cuba

Santa Clara is well known in Cuba as the place where the revered Che Guevara’s victorious battle led to the downfall of the oppressive Batista regime, it is also the revolutionary hero’s final resting place. I loved Santa Clara for its non-touristy streets and gorgeous mixture of grand architecture but this was a place where,…

Magnificent Tikal, Guatemala

Stunning Tikal: Sheer Mayan Magnificence

  The absolutely stunning temples of Tikal are tucked away in remote Guatemalan jungle, and are one of the largest pre-Columbian architectural sites of the ancient Mayan civilisation. I think these images really display some of the beauty of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Not sure that the processing will really appeal to everyone but…

Havana is a jumbled mix of stunning architecture and classic old cars.

On the Streets of Havana, Cuba – part 2

  On my first afternoon in Old Havana I was totally blown away – believe me when I say, that doesn’t happen all that often.   Sure the architecture is just amazing, the classic cars cruising the streets and abundance of music being played add loads of atmosphere but there is something else.  It is almost…