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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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Re: Santiago Chile

Marilyn Jones ·
Brings back lots of memories!!! I enjoyed my visit to Santiago!
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Re: Santiago Chile

PHeymont ·
Thanks for the great pictures...and for the info that's going to be my 'guidebook' when we visit in December!
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Re: Cerro Santa Lucia, Santiago, Chile (Where Gumbo Was #166)

GarryRF ·
Thanks Jonathan ! Took me hours of walking up and down the streets of Santiago to find this location. Well.... Google walking.... Congratulations to you for an excellent series of photos.
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Re: Parque Bicentenario, Santiago, Chile

PHeymont ·
I love it, too...the world needs more fun sculpture!
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Re: Parque Bicentenario, Santiago, Chile

GarryRF ·
We have a few fun sculptures around Liverpool, England. This is Superlambanana. Painted in different colours by sponsors. Don't tell me that the original artist must have been a bit weird - even for a Brit. The Artist is a New York resident !
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Re: Parque Bicentenario, Santiago, Chile

Ava ·
Love it!
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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: 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: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Dec. 29, 2013: Porto's Sandwich Obsession

PortMoresby ·
I think PHeymont and DrFumblefinger are in cahoots today. The sandwich is made from the subject of "Where in the World". See the resemblence? Just picture it with sauce & frites.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Dec. 29, 2013: Porto's Sandwich Obsession

PHeymont ·
I'd like to try not to. I suspect your tastes are more eclectic than mine!
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Dec. 29, 2013: Porto's Sandwich Obsession

PortMoresby ·
Originally Posted by PHeymont: " I suspect your tastes are more eclectic than mine!" One look at that "sandwich" and I think not.
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Casas Particulares in Cuba

MAD Travel Diaries ·
Visiting Cuba has forever changed the way I view accommodations when I travel now. For one I was always a chain hotel kind of girl racking up my points and being loyal to said luxury chains.  I had the option to book luxury hotels in Havana...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, February 2, 2015: The Steelpan - National Instrument of Trinidad & Tobago

MAD Travel Diaries ·
   Carnival season 2015 is in full swing. To the world Carnival may be most popular in Brazil, but Trinidad and Tobago has a massive celebration that may just be second biggest. The Carnival season starts immediately after the...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, April 6, 2015: Turtle Watching in Trinidad

MAD Travel Diaries ·
  I've been all over the world but never turtle watching in my own country. That was until last weekend when I got to get up close and personal and experience this natural wonder.   The main nesting season for sea turtles in Trinidad and...
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CheapAir adds non-stop flights to Cuba

PHeymont ·
CheapAir, which a few weeks ago became the first U.S. online travel agency to book passengers for flights to Cuba, but only through other countries such as Mexico or Panama, has now begun to offer direct non-stop flights.   That's become possible...
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Where Was Gumbo? Paris. Where's the Statue? Everywhere!

PHeymont ·
Where in the World was TravelGumbo? If we simply said "At the Statue of Liberty," it wouldn't have been a very precise identification, because, as I found and you shall see, the iconic statue is everywhere and in so many forms! In today's blog, I'm...
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Carnival Celebrations in Trinidad & Tobago

MAD Travel Diaries ·
Carnival is an annual celebration of life found in many countries around the world. It first originated as a pagan festival in ancient Egypt which was subsequently celebrated by the Greeks and then the Romans. Carnival was later adopted by the Roman...
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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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Finis Terrae: End of the Earth

Amateuremigrant ·
Bob Cranwell, our resident travel philosopher and raconteur, shares another interesting travel tale rooted in Santiago de Compostela.
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West Indian Parade in Brooklyn to draw 2 million

PHeymont ·
  Paraders pass the Brooklyn Museum           Photo: Fordmadoxfraud / Wikimedia   Brooklyn's annual Labor Day West Indian parade is New York's biggest parade, and possibly the largest single Carnival celebration in...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, October 28, 2015: The Beauty of Santiago’s Past

Marilyn Jones ·
  At the turn of the last century, the moneyed men of Santiago, Chile traveled all over the world to research the architectural elements they wanted to use when building their grand mansions in the heart of the city.     Today these...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Dec. 29, 2013: Porto's Sandwich Obsession

PHeymont ·
 Last summer, in Porto, Portugal we met a formidable sandwich and survived. But it took two of us to eat each of the ones we tried. All were good, and each was a little different. Our favorite recommended by our apartment host, was at Cafe...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, September 1, 2014: Ganesh Utsav Celebration, Trinidad and Tobago

MAD Travel Diaries ·
For the average traveler, Hindu festival celebrations are usually associated with India only. But the reality isthat they are also celebrated wherever there are pockets of Hindus around the world too.Trinidad & Tobago is no exception as the population is almost 40% Indian, of which at least half is Hindu. Ganesh Utsav (or Ganesh Chaturthi) is currently being celebrated this time of year in the Hindu calendar. It is a festival in honour of the god Ganeshawho is...
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Visiting Lesser Known Kaieteur Falls, Guyana

MAD Travel Diaries ·
"Kaieteur Falls? Where is that?" "Do you mean Niagara Falls?" "No it's in Guyana" "Where?" "Why would you want to go somewhere no one's heard of? Choose Victoria Falls or Iguaçu, why go to a small waterfall?"   All typical...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, June 23, 2014: Maracas Beach on a hot day, Trinidad

MAD Travel Diaries ·
Maracas Beach is considered the jewel in the crown of Trinidad's many beaches. Unlike many of the northern beaches of Trinidad, Maracas Beach is protected by a deep bay and is even more picturesque by the backdrop of mountains. It is on the...
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Praan Prathistaa Ceremony - A Legacy for Granny

MAD Travel Diaries ·
Thispost isvery close to home for me, sharing not just a bit of Trinidad & Tobago's multi-ethnic culture, but my Hinduheritage and family.Indians make up 35% of the population of T descendantsof the first Indianswho camefrom India 169 years ago. Sometimes people are surprised T&T has such a high percentage of Indians but it is just another factor that makes us such a unique country. I do travel a lot, but when it...
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South America, part 3 - Nesting Leatherback Sea Turtles

Kirsten Hines ·
Kirsten Hines' Celebration of Nature on 7 Continents continues with a visit to see some nesting Leatherback Turtles.
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Trains in Cuba

Wilbur's Travels ·
i know there are plenty of longish train journeys but does anybody know if there are any short (2hours max each way) return hops from Havana, Santiago or Trinidad?
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June 29, 2016 - Santiago, Chile Street Art

Jonathan L ·
Santiago matches up artists with owners of blank walls, and a city-wide plethora of unusual street art is the result.
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Santiago Chile

Jonathan L ·
Jonathan L takes a trip to Santiago Chile and explores the neighborhoods and street art.
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Nov. 20, 2016 - Barrio Brazil, Santiago, Chile

Jonathan L ·
Barrio Brazil is one of the older neighborhoods in Santiago. It was spared damage during the past several earthquakes, and it has some really fascinating doors.
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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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March 31, 2019: Fancy Fans in Trinidad, Cuba

Jonathan L ·
Jonathan L brings us some unique fans from Trinidad, Cuba
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Trinidad, Cuba: a Beautiful Colonial Gem

Jonathan L ·
Jonathan L takes us on a tour of Trinidad, Cuba, one of the oldest cities in the Americas
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Santiago de Cuba, Part 2

Jonathan L ·
Jonathan L continues his tour of Santiago de Cuba
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April 17, 2016: Santiago Chile Street Art

Jonathan L ·
Amazing Street Art in Santiago Chile
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Cerro Santa Lucia, Santiago, Chile (Where Gumbo Was #166)

Jonathan L ·
Gumbo was at the top of Cerro Santa Lucia in Santiago Chile
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May 14, 2016: Bauble or Bumble at the WTC?

PHeymont ·
The Port Authority spent $4 billion on this new station for subways and PATH at the World Trade Center. Good choice, or....?
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Santiago de Cuba's cathedral of hard knocks

PHeymont ·
Santiago de Cuba's Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption is a well-polished gem with a long history of disaster and plunder behind it.
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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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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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