Saturday, February 23
|Cuban-Americans checking in huge poly-wrapped baggage at MIA|
|Welcome to Habana! the Jose Marti International Airport|
|Our guide, Yuli|
|Joan, Margie, Julian, Ted, Dianne & Sarah enjoying a "welcome" mojito.|
|La Imprenta restaurant with its attractive fern-filled courtyard|
Lunch included a delicious pumpkin soup, and guava sorbet for dessert, one of the nicer meals we had, and a great start to our visit to Cuba!
|Cerveza Cristal (light) and Bucanero Fuerte (dark) Cuban beer|
|Iglesia y Monasterio de San Francisco|
|Street artists on stilts dancing and playing music for the visitors in Habana Vieja. Note the lady in the foreground selling small triangles of puff paste filled with guava jam.|
|Street food vendor in Habana|
|View from the rooftop bar of Ambos Mundos in Old Havana|
|Toasting with mojoitos at Ambos Mundos rooftop bar|
Of course after having tasted one mojito, we had to try more. With our new friend Virginia from our group, and our Philadelphia friends Ted & Dianne and Ted's sister and husband Nora and Bill from Plattsburgh, NY, we found our way back to Ambos Mundos which was one of Hemmingway's haunts while he was in Cuba. (We learned that like "Washington Slept Here", "Hemmingway Drank Here" is a common publicity line in Cuba! Well Ambos Mundos (Both Worlds) didn't disappoint! They had a wonderful rooftop bar where we enjoyed some more Cuban libations and fabulous views over the rooftops of Old Havana.
|Fish entrée at San Felipe Restaurant|
That evening we had a very nice dinner at our hotel's San Felipe Restaurant, with a delicious soup, attractively presented fish, and helado, (ice cream) for dessert. Hotel San Filipe is one of the most upscale hotels in Habana Vieja we decided, and we were delighted to be able to stay there.
|Dancers at Opera de la Calle|
Sunday, February 24
|Havana's Cathedral of the Virgin Mary of the Immaculate Conception|
|Beautiful carrots grown at the Organic Farm Vivero Alamar near Havana|
|Rows of lettuces and mint at the organic farm|
It was fun to hear the salsa music floating over the fields from the nearby housing on a Sunday afternoon-music was everywhere in Cuba we were to discover!
|Kissing Swans Towel Art at Hotel San Felipe|
|Cheese with guava Sauce for dessert|
|Dr. Carlos Alzugaray telling us about the "state of Cuba" |
|Stairs up to the Casa de Habano Cigar Shop|
|Dane enjoying a Cuban cigar and beer|
|David, Cynthia, Pam, Sarah, Steve (partial) and Dane in Plaza Vieja|
|Nora enjoying a Cuban cigar|
The answer is that they go better with 15 year-old rum. The beer however was fairly good, better than the bottled light and dark stuff. As is usual, there was a small combo playing at the café.
|A restored street in Old Havana|
|Faded grandeur of La Guardia Restaurant entrance in Havana, Cuba|
|Dane's delicious seafood lasagna at Paladar La Guarida|