Tagged With "Casa Alcaldía"

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Re: Malta: Casa Rocca Piccola

IslandMan ·
Another great article and pictures, PortMoresby. So glad you enjoyed your stay in Malta and to have a personal guided tour of Casa Rocca Piccola must have been a bonus for you.
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Re: Malta: Casa Rocca Piccola

PortMoresby ·
Thanks, IslandMan. Indeed, it was!
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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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Re: Airbnb now open for business in Cuba

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: Casas Particulares in Cuba

PHeymont ·
Thanks for this great view of what sounds like a great experience. For U.S. citizens like me, thinking about traveling to Cuba for the first time, it sounds like a great alternative (we're usually apartment rather than hotel people). Can you add information on how to find and book? I notice that Airbnb is not doing business there (yet?)
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Re: Casas Particulares in Cuba

Travel Luver ·
I'm also curious how you find out and book a Casas Particulares. It sounds like a good option and I especially like the chance to get to know Cubans while directly helping them out (instead of just big resorts and government).
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Re: Casas Particulares in Cuba

MAD Travel Diaries ·
There is this website I had browsed before going http://www.casaparticular.com In my case a friend put me on to the one in Trinidad where he had stayed. On contacting them they offered to help me book similar Casas within the same price range in the other cities. I guess they all try to help each other out this way. Thankfully they have email etc to make it easy to communicate. There are so many that some backpackers etc prefer showing up and seeing what's available, in some cases bargaining...
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Re: Casas Particulares in Cuba

My Thatched Hut ·
Thank you. Great info. Cuba is next on my travel list. Tom
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Re: Casas Particulares in Cuba

GarryRF ·
Cuba uses 2 currencies. The local peso and the tourist Peso. You must use the Tourist Peso. The CUC (Cuban Convertible Peso). Often just called the Kuk. It's value is tied to the US Dollar and always equals $1 US to 1 CUC. 1 CUC is a good days wage in Cuba. It is worth 24 local pesos. Cuba's main asset is the people. Always friendly and helpful. Workers in hotels and the tourist industry often speak 5 languages. Food for the locals is on ration and is in short supply. You rarely get beef as...
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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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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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Malta: Casa Rocca Piccola

PortMoresby ·
  In November of 2012 I boarded a container ship in Singapore, and in December I disembarked in Malta.  My original plan had been to land in Port Said, after sailing through the Suez Canal, but the political situation in Egypt dictated...
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Airbnb has Cuba news, too: Open to all visitors

PHeymont ·
Airbnb, previously limited to Cuba rentals for U.S. residents, can now begin booking anyone into its network of 'casas particulares' in Cuba.
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Mar. 5, 2017: Casa Alcaldía, Viejo San Juan, Puerto Rico

Jonathan L ·
Jonathan L shows us this 1840s stained-glass flamboyan tree, the largest secular artwork in Puerto Rico at the time.
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Casa Batlló: At Home with Antonio Gaudi

PHeymont ·
Antonio Gaudi is the most famous of the Catalan modernist architects whose work in the late 1800s and early 1900s gave Barcelona a reputation for innovation and a trove of works that, whatever their original use, are significant tourist sites...
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A Tour of Stained Glass in Old San Juan

Jonathan L ·
Old San Juan has a wealth of gorgeous stained glass in a variety of styles. Jonathan L shows us some of the best.
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Where in the World was Gumbo #51 - Park Guell Barcelona

Jonathan L ·
Congratulations to PortMoresby for recognizing that this market place is in Park Guell in Barcelona. The park was designed by the famous Catalan architect   Antoni Gaudi. He is best known for designing in the Modernisme style. One identifying...
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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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Casa Bacardi Rum Plant, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Samantha ·
A factory visit with a twist: Samantha takes us to the home of some of the world's favorite rums.
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