Tagged With "cuba"

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Re: March 3, 2019: Palacio de Valle, Cienfuegos, Cuba

GarryRF ·
Amazing find Jonathan L. !
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Re: March 3, 2019: Palacio de Valle, Cienfuegos, Cuba

Jonathan L ·
Thank you!
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Re: March 3, 2019: Palacio de Valle, Cienfuegos, Cuba

GarryRF ·
I'm in Cuba soon Jonathan - must remember to take some pix inside buildings too !
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Nov. 7, 2013: Bicycle taxi, Santa Clara, Cuba.

Dan Carter ·
They sure have an interesting mix for travel in Cuba...I loved the pictures of the old cars in your other post! In New York I saw bicycle taxis, too, but they were smaller and just for tours, not really for getting around.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Nov. 7, 2013: Bicycle taxi, Santa Clara, Cuba.

GarryRF ·
Santa Clara has motorized Taxi's if you want to travel some distance !
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Nov. 7, 2013: Bicycle taxi, Santa Clara, Cuba.

GarryRF ·
... and of course - The One Horse Power SUV !
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Nov. 7, 2013: Bicycle taxi, Santa Clara, Cuba.

DrFumblefinger ·
A fascinating snapshot of life in Cuba, GarryRF! I am heartened by the spirit of the people, and their pragmatic innovations given the oppressive world in which they live.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Nov. 7, 2013: Bicycle taxi, Santa Clara, Cuba.

GarryRF ·
Me too DrFumblefinger ! The Oxen pulling ploughs I've seen in Lancaster PA. but if you need a vase for Flowers (Birthdays) you get the bottom half of a 2 litre plastic Coke Bottle with wrapping paper around it. Looks quite good really ! But the bit that hurts is seeing folks suffer from curable things - like thyroid problems - that we take for granted now as being treatable. Homeopathy and Voodoo prevail... really !
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Nov. 7, 2013: Bicycle taxi, Santa Clara, Cuba.

GarryRF ·
Thanks for the link T&N. Bill Gates funds the School of Tropical Medicine here in Liverpool in its search for better treatment and a cure for Malaria. But tales of Save the Planet are all Hogwash. People who live in cool climates - like me - cant wait for the climate to warm up. When the Vikings discovered Greenland a thousand years ago they described it as a "Green and pleasant land with pastures and animals" - and now its just a frozen waste again ! Turn up the CO2 !
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Nov. 7, 2013: Bicycle taxi, Santa Clara, Cuba.

Former Member ·
It would be fun to race a bunch of these three wheelers. They look like they would corner and take jumps well.
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Re: Classic American Cars #6

WorkerBee ·
This looks like a 1955 Ford sedan. Does it have some type of lights on top of the rear fenders? I don't believe I have seen that before.
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Re: Classic American Cars #6

DrFumblefinger ·
What say you and I take a ride in above "Black Beauty" sometime soon?
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Re: Classic American Cars #6

WorkerBee ·
Originally Posted by TravelandNature: Thinking '55 4 door sedan with a replacement grill... If I went for a ride in the Black Beauty, I would want a nice Cuban meal - do they have plantains in Cuba ? I would like something made with plantains. Plantains? You betcha!
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Re: Classic American Cars #6

GarryRF ·
Don't think I've ever seen an RV in Cuba ! I've seen plantains cooked a hundred different ways.
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Re: Classic American Cars #6

GarryRF ·
Sorry T&N - not a fan. Plantain is another item on the list of foods we never see over here !
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Re: Classic American Cars #6

GarryRF ·
People wouldn't recognise them ! Got more chance of selling Yorkshire Puddings and a hot bowl of Scouse in Times Square !
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Re: Classic American Cars #6

GarryRF ·
No - I cant stand and take pix until the owner runs over! I'd be caught up in a guided tour for the rest of the day. These cars are very expensive and the owner's never far away !
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Re: Jan. 29: Hillside Living, Santiago de Cuba

Travel Rob ·
The second photo is really scary to me. I hope Cuba is not hit by a big earthquake before they reinforce their buildings.
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Re: Jan. 29: Hillside Living, Santiago de Cuba

DrFumblefinger ·
Yes, Rob, that bottom image is scary because you just know a strong wind will knock those homes down. Poor people using what they can find to create a shelter and home. Part of the triumph of a half century of Castro rule.
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Re: Jan. 29: Hillside Living, Santiago de Cuba

PHeymont ·
Actually, that collapsed group (Sandy damage, I believe) is not endangering the rest. No one's living in that; it appears to be in the process of being scavenged for materials.
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Re: Jan. 29: Hillside Living, Santiago de Cuba

GarryRF ·
Part of the triumph of a half century of American embargo. "This boycott provides that no vessel, be it US flagged or foreign that calls at Cuba may thereafter call at a US port"
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Re: Feb. 5, 2016: Fishing boats, Santiago de Cuba

Travel Rob ·
Great photos!
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Re: Feb. 5, 2016: Fishing boats, Santiago de Cuba

GarryRF ·
You must have been tempted to spend a few hours fishing the blue waters !
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Re: Those famous Cuban cars, behind the scenes...

GarryRF ·
Wonderful collection Paul. This collection is not to be confused with the Saturday Night Cruisers you see in Florida and other memorabilia shows. But a testament to the ingenuity of Cuban car collectors. The prices of these dinosaurs was in thousands of dollars each. And a will to keep them going forever.
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Re: U.S. Airlines put in their bids for Cuba flights

PHeymont ·
UPDATE: USA Today has published a complete list of the airline filings .
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Re: U.S. Airlines put in their bids for Cuba flights

GarryRF ·
It's unfortunate you still cant take a short flight to Cuba to enjoy some winter sun on the white sands it has to offer. But on the positive side, it keeps prices down for us Brits and Canadians.
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Re: Visiting Cuba pt 2. + more cars !

PHeymont ·
Great practical advice...even for those of us happy to avoid cigars anywhere! And, of course, I'm looking forward to those cars when I go next year.
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Re: Visiting Cuba pt 2. + more cars !

Travel Rob ·
Great advice Garry! What great photos too! Really like your photo of the men fixing the car on the street
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Re: Visiting Cuba pt 2. + more cars !

IslandMan ·
Thanks for the insight into Cuba, Garry. One place that's always fascinated me but I have never been game enough to visit.
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Re: Visiting Cuba pt 2. + more cars !

DrFumblefinger ·
Excellent advice and some truly amazing photos here, Garry! Thanks for these beauties.
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Re: Flights to Cuba: lots of planes, not so many passengers

GarryRF ·
Many returning tourists will be telling their American friends that life in a third world country - like Cuba - is worse than just having only one flavour of Ice Cream.
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Re: Trains in Cuba

PHeymont ·
Great question...and possibly not an easy clear answer. Cuba's trains have generally been in poor shape in recent years as older equipment has run down and spares not available. However, according to Mark Smith (The Man in Seat 61), that's changing with the arrival of a fleet of new Chinese-built locomotives. On his site ( Seat61.com ) he has an extensive update of recent changes in schedules, routes and locations (that's important because Havana's main station is closed for a 3-year...
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Re: Trains in Cuba

Wilbur's Travels ·
Thanks for the info. I too love Mark's site. I will try my damnedest to do a train journey if I can so I can send you details. Wilbur.
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Cuba - a step back in time !

GarryRF ·
 I know it's a Pontiac but which model ?
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Nov. 7, 2013: Bicycle taxi, Santa Clara, Cuba.

GarryRF ·
  CUBAN BICYCLE TAXI Cuba- A surprise around every corner ! Santa Clara, Cuba has a Central "Town Square" in the typical Spanish style. It  has Trees for shade and long benches for...
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Classic American Cars #6

GarryRF ·
These are looking too easy for the eagle eyed car experts  - so I'm going to try to make it harder !
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U.S. visitors to Cuba up 36% this year

PHeymont ·
The number of U.S. visitors without family ties in Cuba has jumped since the two countries started the process of warming up relations. Many of the visitors are flying to Cuba from other countries to avoid U.S. restrictions on just plain tourism; U.S....
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In wake of U.S.-Cuba thaw, Cuba tourism jumps 17%

PHeymont ·
Sunset along Havana's Malecon           Photo: Antonio Milena / Wikimedia   In a year that has seen a thaw in U.S.-Cuban relations and restoration of diplomatic relations, Cuban authorities report a 17% increase in...
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US Further Loosens Travel Restrictions to Cuba

Travel Rob ·
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Pope Francis to take AAdvantage of American

PHeymont ·
  Well, maybe he won't be collecting miles on his travels, but the Pope's travels from DC to New York and on to Philadelphia, and then home to Rome will be on a chartered American Airlines 777. He flew from Rome to Cuba and then to Washington on...
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Next for Cuba: Carnival to offer volunteer cruises

PHeymont ·
Cuban sunset, soon to be seen from Carnival's volunteer cruises   Carnival's Fathom cruise line will offer "voluntourism" cruises to Cuba starting next spring, it announced today. Although the itineraries haven't yet been fully developed, and the...
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MSC first to base cruise ship in Cuba

PHeymont ·
Street scene, Cuba                  Photo: GarryRF / TravelGumbo   MSC Cruises, currently Europe's top ocean cruise line, is responding to constantly-increasing European interest in Cuba (and possibly...
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Cuba: More cruises, Havana homeport

PHeymont ·
Lirica-class ship of MSC split for its upgrade Cuba's presence in the cruise market is growing, with Carnival's Fathom brand starting up cultural-exchange cruises open to U.S. citizens, and MSC announcing a second ship will use Havana as its homeport...
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Another cruise line sets sail for Cuba...it hopes

PHeymont ·
Oceania's Riviera is one of the line's 684-passenger R-class ships   Norwegian Cruise Lines' Oceania Cruises brand, like Carnival's Fathom, has plans to join the growing interest in travel to Cuba from the U.S., but it's taking a radically...
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Los Angeles - Havana: American Announces New Charter Flight

Travel Rob ·
                      Photo by :GarryRF   American Airlines has announced they will operate a charter flight from Los Angeles to Havana...
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Feb. 26, 2016: Tomb of Jose Marti, Santiago de Cuba

PHeymont ·
In Cuba, 19th century nationalist Jose Marti outranks all the other national icons, including Fidel and Che; his tomb in Santiago draws many visitors.
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Those famous Cuban cars, behind the scenes...

PHeymont ·
Cuba's fleet of classic American cars is legendary, and as with most legends, the truth is actually more interesting than the shiny story.
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U.S. Airlines put in their bids for Cuba flights

PHeymont ·
Today was the deadline for U.S. airlines to put in their bids for rights to fly regular air service to Cuba, and they're jumping in with both feet.
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No smooth sailing yet for U.S.-to-Cuba cruises

PHeymont ·
Delays in Cuba's government licensing process are putting U.S.-to-Cuba cruise plans on hold, but operators hope to get going soon.
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Starwood Hotels heads for Havana

PHeymont ·
On the eve of Obama's visit to Cuba, Starwood has signed deals with three Cuban companies to take over management of several Havana hotels.
 
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