A Book Review: Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton

  After the death of her beloved grandmother, a Cuban-American woman travels to Havana, where she discovers the roots of her identity–and unearths a family secret hidden since the revolution… Havana, 1958. The daughter of a sugar baron, nineteen-year-old Elisa Perez is part of Cuba’s high society, where she is largely sheltered from the country’s […]

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This Day in History: The Cuban Missile Crisis

The Cuban Missile Crisis began on October 15, 1962 with the US discovery of the USSR’s building of medium-range missile sites in Cuba.  The resulting stand-off between the world’s two opposing super powers would not end until November of the same year.   On October 22, 1962, President John. F. Kennedy announced, in a televised speech […]

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Today in History: July 26th Movement is formed

August 8, 1955 Fidel Castro forms the “26th of July Movement“, the Cuban revolutionary organization that would dominate the face of Cuban history for more than half a century. July 26, 1953 was the date on which a small group of revolutionaries, led by Fidel Castro, attacked the military Moncada Barracks in Santiago de Cuba.  The […]

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Friday Canción: Baila Casanova by Paulina Rubio

Happy Friday! Are you ready for some spicy Spanish music to get your feet moving?  I’ve got a Friday Song for you… La canción de viernes: Baila Casanova by Paulina Rubio This song was released in both Spanish and English versions in 2002 by Mexican singer Paulina Rubio.  The video was filmed in the National Palace of the Dominican Republic and […]

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FRIDAY CANCIÓN: Cuando Me Enamoro by Enrique Iglesias

It’s almost the weekend again and I’ve got a Friday Song for you… La canción de viernes: Cuando Me Enamoro by Enrique Iglesias and featuring Juan Luis Guerra I must say I love me some Enrique.  My husband also insists Enrique looks a lot like him. I say they both trace their roots back to the Iberian Peninsula… […]

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A CUBAN ITINERARY (PART 5)

Today we will spend hours exploring the wonders of Trinidad, Cuba.  This historical gem is a UNESCO world heritage site. You can catch up with the tour here: Day 1 and Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5   Day 6 Visit the Valle de los Ingenios and Manaca Iznaga Explore the city with […]

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A CUBAN ITINERARY (PART 4)

  We head towards central Cuba, passing through more beautiful beaches and historic towns. You can catch up with the tour here: Day 1 and Day 2 Day 3 Day 4   Day 5  Depart for Trinidad, enjoying the sites along the way. Drive towards the centre of the country along the legendary Bay of Pigs […]

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A CUBAN ITINERARY (PART 3)

The Cuban exploration continues as we head today to Playa Larga. You can catch up with the tour here: Day 1 and Day 2 Day 3   Day 4  Depart for Playa Larga En route we visit Las Terrazas and the old coffee plantations. A beautiful nature reserve is now located here.   Las Terrazas is a […]

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A CUBAN ITINERARY (PART 2)

Today’s post continues the tour of Western Cuba. For an introduction to this segment and to see what we did on Day 1 and Day 2, click here.   Day 3 Depart for Viñales. Explore the lush valley, fields and plantation houses. The landscape was once covered by limestone much of this has eroded away, leaving […]

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