I just returned from a wonderful trip to Cuba. The trip was organized by Tom Robertson of the Comox Valley.
Tom has been taking parties to Cuba for well over twenty years. Two years ago Cynthia and I did a similar trip with Tom and friends. Then we went west to east. This time was east to west. We began at Holguin and went clockwise around Cuba, departing from Varadero
The trip took us from Feb. 03 to Feb. 17 and was made in a very comfy bus driven by Tom’s expert driver Angel, and guided by Tom’s guide Eric.
Our group of people was made up of old friends known to me, acquaintances and some new friends who were all great. We were a small group and everyone hit it off right away
On the trip the thing I liked best was visiting the homes of local people to sample their coffee or buy some of their crafts. They also provided snacks for us in some cases.
On one occasion we attended a pig roast organized for us by Tom. A small band of local musicians played and it was a memorable night. We even got a chance to make music…well, not really, but we had fun.
We visited many different cities and saw some beautiful buildings. we also saw what needs to be done to restore many of the buildings to their former glory, and with the help of some funds from UNESCO that’s slowly happening.
One of the major highlights was a visit to Trinidad, the only truly colonial style city left intact in Cuba. It’s cobblestoned streets and Spanish style architecture made us aware of how gorgeous the town must have been in its hey-day. The brick bridge there is the only one in Cuba and as such is a national treasure.
There is so much to tell you but neither time nor space. When we got to Havana and saw the Revolution Square, the fabulous cars from the fifties were there as always, in great numbers.
Eventually we had to leave. Once again I’d enjoyed the sights, sounds and smells of Cuba. We ate well and interestingly too. Check out this menu.
The people of Cuba were so gracious to us. They are so full of life and so creative with what they have. If you have any thoughts about going…do it! You might want to go with Tom Robertson, for I know you would enjoy it.
If you’d care to see more pics from the trip you can click here.
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‘Bye for now and God bless.