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….

Revolutionary Messages

Che & the Revolution

The lack of commercialism in Cuba was a real highlight for me, but it wasn’t something I immediately thought about whilst wandering the streets.    I didn’t realise how little there actually was until I arrived in Guatemala City, where it was as overt and obvious as being king hit and really quite overwhelming.  What…

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…

The Market, Cuba

On our way from Santa Clara to Trinidad we made an unscheduled stop at this local market. As a traveller markets are one of my favourite places to spend time for their ability to take you into the everyday of a destination – grand architecture and gorgeous landscapes grab my attention but wandering about a…

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,…

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…