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Americans Free to Travel to Cuba Tomorrow

Travel Rob ·
The US Government is lifting restrictions to travel to Cuba as of Friday,January 16, 2015 and issuing other changes.   US travelers  will be able to use their American credit cards in Cuba. Travelers can also bring back  $400.00 worth...
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Re: Americans Free to Travel to Cuba Tomorrow

PHeymont ·
But not quite as free as all that. Travel is still restricted to the purposes (such as education, family visits, journalism, cultural exchange, etc.) that formerly required obtaining individual licenses. What has changed is that you no longer need to obtain a license; the government will assume you honestly belong to one of those categories...until and unless you irritate it.
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Re: Americans Free to Travel to Cuba Tomorrow

Travel Rob ·
According to the White House Press Office ,these are the twelve categories. (below)Without licenses ,like before, most everyone can fit into one of these categories legally if they really want to. (1) family visits; (2) official business of the U.S. government, foreign governments, and certain intergovernmental organizations; (3) journalistic activity; (4) professional research and professional meetings; (5) educational activities; (6) religious activities; (7) public performances, clinics,...
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It's official, Carnival is going to Cuba in May.

Travel Rob ·
Carnival gets official permission from Cuba to sail to three cities.
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JetBlue Among the First Majors to Announce New Charter to Cuba

Travel Rob ·
Jet Blue Airways announced that through its  partner, ABC  Charters, they will add a new flight beginning in June from Tampa. JetBlue  is one of the first major carriers to expand charter service since restrictions were eased this...
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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: 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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Cuba - a step back in time !

GarryRF ·
 I know it's a Pontiac but which model ?
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US Further Loosens Travel Restrictions to Cuba

Travel Rob ·
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Cuba's Cars: Varied, surviving, fascinating

PHeymont ·
More of Cuba's unusual cars, and some further notes on them...
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Jan. 29: Hillside Living, Santiago de Cuba

PHeymont ·
Like many port cities, Santiago spills down its hills (or up, if you prefer), leading to creative adaptations.
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Feb. 5, 2016: Fishing boats, Santiago de Cuba

PHeymont ·
On Santiago de Cuba's waterfront, a fleet of colorful small fishing boats, owned by a fishermen's cooperative, finds its home.
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Havana Cathedral

PHeymont ·
A visit to the lovely Havana Cathedral, a 18th century Baroque church, the finest of its type in Cuba.
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Gallery: A visit to Cuba

Dr.Y ·
Cuba is a country known for its spectacular beaches and tumultuous social political history.  Each year, the warm Caribbean climate and endless stretches of unspoiled beaches attract hundreds of thousands of Canadian vacationers and a large...
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Southwest starts its Cuba routes with $59 sale

PHeymont ·
Southwest Airlines is about to start the routes to Cuba it's been licensed for, and they're doing it at a discount.
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Airbnb now open for business in Cuba

PHeymont ·
Jumping ahead of the airlines and hotel chains, Airbnb has opened its first list of lodgings available in Cuba, mostly rooms in existing "Casas Particulares," which are private rentals of rooms in homes. Airbnb, famous for "disrupting" the lodging...
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Trinidad de Cuba

MAD Travel Diaries ·
Trinidad de Cuba seems frozen in time. That was my immediate reaction on arrival. That was my leaving thought after exploring it for a week too. It's difficult not to fall in love with such a enchanting and unique city especially after experiencing a...
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Visiting Cuba pt 2. + more cars !

GarryRF ·
EXPLORING CUBA   (Missed pt 1 ?..... http://www.travelgumbo.com/blog/visiting-cuba )   Getting about in Cuba varies dramatically. In the populated areas they have regular buses. Out in the countryside you'll have to take a taxi or go on an...
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Thinking Cuba? Tickets not so easy yet!

PHeymont ·
Many Americans (myself included) are thinking much more seriously now about visiting Cuba with the relaxed process. But don't expect it to be smooth yet—veteran traveler Brian Kelly, who runs  ThePointsGuy  (an extremely useful site...
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July 1, 2017: Classic Cars in Cuba

Professorabe ·
Professor Abe shares some great photos of classic cars in Cuba! It's like stepping back in time.
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Re: Havana Cathedral

GarryRF ·
Good collection Paul. Thanks for the visit !
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Re: Cuba's Cars: Varied, surviving, fascinating

GarryRF ·
American cars with Russian Lada engines ! No wonder the Cuban's call them Frankencars.
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Re: Cuba's Cars: Varied, surviving, fascinating

DrFumblefinger ·
The cars of Cuba are as fascinating as its people, having endured very hard times and still moving forward. An interesting perspective, PHeymont! Thanks. Hope there's car photos coming!
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Re: Airbnb now open for business in Cuba

PortMoresby ·
It's big news - BBC had an interview with one of the Airbnb guys this evening, talking about just this. I'm getting ready, just watched 'Our Man in Havana', (1959, Alec Guinness).
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Re: Airbnb now open for business in Cuba

PHeymont ·
Great film. Graham Greene novel and screenplay.
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Re: Airbnb now open for business in Cuba

GarryRF ·
The internet is accessible for most people in Cuba. Phone lines are still a rare item for private houses. Many share a local service with business and families using the same web address. Just like we used to - when we shared a public phone. Yes - years ago - I know !
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Re: Airbnb now open for business in Cuba

PHeymont ·
I know this is open to double meaning in this context...but yes, I remember sharing a party line. Leavenworth, KS, 1951. Our number was 779-J and we were #10 of the 12 families on the line. There was a distinct ring for each family...can't remember ours (I was 7 at the time).
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Re: Airbnb now open for business in Cuba

GarryRF ·
Did it go Brrr....Brrr... or was that the Polar Bear without his coat on ? Yes party lines were great fun if you picked up the receiver when someone else was talking.
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DrFumblefinger ·
Garry, it seems like you were a naughty boy. I suspect you actually took part in some of these party line calls, rendering some good advice, I'm sure -- whether wanted or not.
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Re: Airbnb now open for business in Cuba

PHeymont ·
Don't remember exactly what it sounded like, but I remember what my mother sounded like when she caught me listening...
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Re: Airbnb now open for business in Cuba

PortMoresby ·
Ours was 2 shorts and a long (or was it 2 longs and a short?), also early '50s, Danville, California. It was an idyllic new subdivision in the rolling golden hills, golf course next door and a community pool under the oaks, a short walk from home. It would never have occurred to us that a party line made life any less wonderful.
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Re: Airbnb now open for business in Cuba

My Thatched Hut ·
Apparently Airbnb in Cuba, so far, is only for Americans who have permission to go there.
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Re: Airbnb now open for business in Cuba

GarryRF ·
Many of my Canadian friends travel independently to Cuba. They all stay with these guys -Pinot and Agnia. Too far from Havana to travel but it will give you a taste of what to expect from Casa Particulars. http://www.hostalpinoyagnia.com/
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Re: July 1, 2017: Classic Cars in Cuba

DrFumblefinger ·
Beautiful cars, Professor! Thanks for sharing these.
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Re: Cuba - a step back in time !

Travel Rob ·
Great Pic! I've got to get the Cuban secrets for contolling rust. Amazing they are able to keep those cars up with the limited parts they have for them
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Re: Cuba - a step back in time !

GarryRF ·
Re: Cuba - a step back in time !
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Re: Cuba - a step back in time !

DrFumblefinger ·
I recall as a boy my dad's best friend had a Pontiac like this. It was a beautiful car and the pride of his life. It ended up being totaled in a car crash (he survived), but I still remember his pride in showing off the polished beauty! His was two tone brown, I think.
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Re: Cuba - a step back in time !

GarryRF ·
Fell in love with this remarkable example but - no idea of the Make and Model ! If you take too close an interest you cant get a pic without the Owner, Wife and Kids !
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Re: Cuba - a step back in time !

PHeymont ·
Oldsmobile...think it's a 55, might be 54. My first car was a 53 Olds 88.
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Re: Cuba - a step back in time !

DrFumblefinger ·
Originally Posted by PHeymont: Oldsmobile...think it's a 55, might be 54. My first car was a 53 Olds 88. PHeymont -- you owned a Rocket 88? Remember that old song by Ike Turner and Jackie Brentson? Here's the you-tube link to remind those who may have forgotten this classic song -- one of the first Rock 'n Roll tunes ever. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gbfnh1oVTk0
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Re: Thinking Cuba? Tickets not so easy yet!

DrFumblefinger ·
I've also heard that there are concerns not enough hotel rooms exist in Cuba for the expected flood of American tourists. Besides flights, it's important to have a room reservation at hand. I truly hope the flood of tourist money will be of benefit to the Cuban people whose plight I have great empathy for.
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Re: Thinking Cuba? Tickets not so easy yet!

PHeymont ·
Perhaps TG Guru GarryRF can add something on this...he's been there often. My impression is that the lack of facilities may be overstated, because Canadians, Brits and others have been going there in large numbers. Of course, if you double that without building, there will be a problem, but I don't think the numbers will go up that fast until the hotels and airlines start offering the kind of attractive packages they do for other areas of the Caribbean. It may be a self-solving problem.
 
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