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Re: Casa Bacardi Rum Plant, San Juan, Puerto Rico

DrFumblefinger ·
I've visited the Bacardi plant too, and remember being quite impressed by it. As I recall, the original was in Cuba and the family moved to P.R. to escape Castro. And I'm proud to see you standing after those free samples! Thanks for the post.
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Re: Thinking Cuba? Tickets not so easy yet!

GarryRF ·
Mac. Cuba has already changed since my first visit 15 years ago. Buses and cars are everywhere now thanks to those intrepid Chinese salesmen. Living standards are rising rapidly thanks to the tourist dollar. Fields of Sugar Cane are now rare. Castro has decided that Cuba's future lies in tourism. Bicycles prevail in most Towns and a horse and buggy are common. When I first went to Cuba it was painfully poor. It's like going back in time to a 3rd world country. But with safety and very civil,...
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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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Visiting Santiago de Cuba

MAD Travel Diaries ·
I really had no idea what to expect of  Santiago de Cuba , afterall the next biggest city in Cuba is always overshadowed by Havana. So Santiago was going to surprise us - it could only leave a good or a bad impression right? We showed...
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June 24, 2017: Horse and Carriage to the Market in Cuba, $4

GarryRF ·
GarryRF visits Cuba regularly, and comments on some of the things he sees and experiences.
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Montreal's Queen Elizabeth Hotel re-opens

PHeymont ·
Montreal's most famous hotel returns to service after a year-long make-over.
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Belfast: An Uneasy City

PHeymont ·
Despite expectations of a transformed city, we found Belfast uneasy and divided despite great attractions at the city's center.
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Playa Girón, Cuba: Site of the Bay of Pigs Invasion

Jonathan L ·
Jonathan L takes us on a tour of Playa Girón, Cuba, where the Bay of Pigs invasion took place.
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Santiago de Cuba: Part 1, Introducing Cuba's history

Jonathan L ·
Jonathan L took a photography tour while in Santiago de Cuba. Here is the first of two pieces about his trip through history.
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Roadside Cuba: View from the Bus

PHeymont ·
PHeymont shares a passer-by's view of Cuba's countryside as seen on two bus excursions.
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Museum of the Revolution, Havana (Where Gumbo Was #152)

PHeymont ·
Once the Presidential Palace (and scene of an attempted coup d'etat) this impressive building is now a museum of Cuba's revolutions. In front, a piece of the 17th-century city wall.
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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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Re: Visiting Cuba pt 3. + more cars - bikes - taxi - bus and some nice pix too.

GarryRF ·
There are many American US citizens who visit Cuba. They've been visiting Cuba for as long as I can remember. Of course they travel through Canada to do it. But they return to the US with no proof of having been there. No Passport stamps and no visa. Many American men have wives there and children. In the 20 years I've been a traveller to Cuba the people have had a tremendous uplift in their lifestyles. TV's, Computers, Cell phones and the day to day stuff. Better homes with AC, Electricity,...
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Re: Museum of the Revolution, Havana (Where Gumbo Was #152)

PHeymont ·
I forget about that! The government refuses to cash the checks, stating that the U.S. lease on Guantanamo is illegal. And, one of the people we chatted with also suggested that Castro might not be so sure the check wouldn't bounce...
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Alfaro Castro Hermanos, Sarchi, Costa Rica (Where Gumbo was #378)

DrFumblefinger ·
Gumbo was visiting a traditional ox cart factory. Ox carts were historically used to haul farm products and goods, and you can still spot some on rural roads to this day.
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October 9, 2020: World's Largest Oxcart, Sarchí

DrFumblefinger ·
DrFumblefinger visits the world's largest oxcart in the craft center of Costa Rica, the city of Sarchi.
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Walking in Old Havana

Jonathan L ·
Jonathan L takes a walk around Old Havana
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