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Cuba is on fire!

Cienfuegos means one hundred fires.  And that will surely be the number of flames that light your heart and your soul when you visit this most exquisite city in Cuba. Cienfuegos was founded in 1819, when French colonists settled in around the most spectacular and natural bay in Cuba. Bringing their elegant, classical architecture, wide,…

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The dying Chinatown of Havana, Cuba

He couldn’t tell they were Chinese: dying Chinatown of Havana, Cuba, documented in US-based photographer’s exhibition. The first Chinese arrived in Cuba in the 1850s, but finding their mixed-race descendants on the streets of Havana today wasn’t easy for Lau Pok-chi. Among the subjects of the Hong Kong-born photographer’s exhibition in Shenzhen is a 90-year-old…

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Big, bigger, biggest!

Cruise ships evoke strong opinions, and Royal Caribbean offers adventures like bumper cars, ziplining, and even scuba diving. There’s relaxation in the adults-only Solarium and activities such as language learning and wine tasting. The iconic new ship, Icon of the Seas, is a marvel, accommodating 5,610 passengers, ready for travelers to book their adventure.

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It’s not an illusion….

.....  it's an Ilyushin IL-96-300 from Madrid, touching down in Havana, Cuba. And the blogger here is rather pleased. It's less about the flight and more about the aircraft, the Ilyushin il-96-300. In some countries, the idea of Russian planes and the country of Cuba get sabers rattling and spittle splattering in all directions.…

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Havana good time!

At last - the Cuba embargo is lifting! Delta Airlines intends to restart Miami International Airport (MIA) and José Martí International Airport, Havana (HAV), two times per day, starting on April 10th, 2023. Atlanta-based Delta tried to start operations in Cuba in 2016 after 55 years when the US Federal Government dropped restrictions on commercial passenger…

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Post-Pandemic bucket lists

Please welcome our newest team member, Trish Filipovic. Whereas your editor jerks from one topic to another, Trish will focus on lengthy and content-rich articles. She's been all over the globe and knows what she's talking about. Get yourself a coffee, sit down and have fun. With a seemingly diminishing Covid 19, Post-Pandemic seems to…

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Vanuatu much

Chances are good that you've not heard of Vanuatu.  A South Pacific Ocean nation made up of roughly 80 islands that stretch 1,300 kilometers, we discovered it purely out of chance and we're glad that we did.  Previously known as the New Hebrides Islands, it is an archipelago nation in the southwest Pacific Ocean, north of…

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Where are the dream police?

Advertisers have begun invading our sleep in an attempt to place their products in our dreams. This is neither metaphor nor fiction; it’s a fact. The night before Super Bowl LV, the beverage company Molson Coors ran what they called the ‘world’s largest dream study’. They explicitly aimed to place images of Coors beer, along…

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Hole-y crap!

Planet Earth holds some of the strangest, natural tourist destinations in the solar system.  Earth is perpetually bombarded with debris from outer space. Luckily for us, most of it burns up during entry through our atmosphere and we enjoy this bright burn in the night sky in the form of fleeting meteor showers. But on…

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NO PRESSURE: the coolest streets in the world

Havana, and all of Cuba (in our opinion) are at the wrong end of the stick when it comes to US sanctions.  The people have suffered enough under decades of embargos and bans.  Cuba is a jewel to behold. Deep in the lanes of southern Old Havana, where trailing plants and drying clothes drape from…

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From Alto Cedro I go to Marcané

If you're a music fan, then you certainly must know of the Buena Vista Social Club, 1999 documentary film directed by Wim Wenders. The film follows renowned guitarist Ry Cooder and his son, Joachim, as they travel to Cuba and assemble a group of the country's finest musicians to record an album. But, even if you…

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