50 YEARS OF TRAVEL EXPERIENCE
Our very own Curt Lenart recently returned from Cuba and he documented some of the coolest scenes and activities, shown below.
WELCOMED TO CUBA
This is the Cuban band that serenaded us during our first meal in Havana. The band, with bongos and guitars, celebrated the arrival of the first American ship to arrive in Havana in over fifty years! Having been there personally for the occasion, I can say that the Cubans were overjoyed to see the Americans, and vice versa!
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And this shot was taken in Old Havana during our early afternoon stroll through the city (right).
This photo (left) was taken in the Havana hotel district where time has stood still in Cuba since the Revolution in 1958.
LA TERRAZA DE COJIMA
RESTAURANT & BAR
This photo was taken inside the restaurant area. This bar was once frequented by the novelist Earnest Hemingway. Located a few miles east is a charming fishing village where Hemingway docked his boat El Pilar, during his numerous fishing expeditions
to Cuba. In addition to using Cojimar as a base for fishing, Hemingway also highlighted
the town as a backdrop for his Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Old Man and the Sea.
It has been speculated that the Old Man in Hemingway's novel was actually a local by
the name of Gregorio Fuentes, who served as Hemingway's guide during his stay in Cojimar.
La Terraza De Cojima's dining room is light, airy, with pleasant clean lines, and great glass windows and lightwood being both easy on the eye. The old bar out front is atmospheric and perhaps more authentic in its worn-ness. The food here is all about the fish; they even have fresh lobster you can pick out. The fish generally is excellent, and the plates are reasonably priced, this makes a good option on your way back from the beach.
We are here
during evening rush hour. This shot was taken from the top floor of CNN Headquarters in Cuba (right).
OLD HAVANA RESIDENTS
Cuban families have lived in these buildings for generations. In a recent bid to accelerate growth in the private sector, the Cuban government has now started allowing private property owners to rent out rooms to outsiders. We took these shots from outside the Main Terminal, a quarter mile from the Main Port, and a half-mile from the Main Port (below).
Quarter Mile From Main Port