Cuba 2018

I just returned from a wonderful trip to Cuba. The trip was organized by Tom Robertson of the Comox Valley.

Tom and Yeunnyz

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

Cuba Trip: Holguin (1) to Varadero (11)

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.

Our Host Makes Coffee Cuban Style

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.

Our Band…Not Up To Much But Having 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.

A Theatre From Days Gone By

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.

Cobbled Streets and Tiled roofs in Trinidad

The Bridge In Trinidad

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.

In The Main Square

Pink Was Popular

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.

Guess What You’re Having!

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. 

Feel free to download or copy any of the pics you want.

‘Bye for now and God bless.

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Hello everyone! We returned from our trip to Cuba on Tuesday, Nov. 24. We spent 16 wonderful days there with a super group of people. We flew in to Varadero and home from Holguin. The tour was organised by a local man, Tom Robertson, who has been taking groups to Cuba for over twenty years. We spent nights at all-inclusive resorts at the beginning middle and end of the trip. The rest of the time we stayed in smaller Cuban hotels, often in the middle of the cities.

We enjoyed the food, the beer, the rum and even managed to learn quite a bit more of Cuban’s history from our marvellous guide Eric. Angel our driver kept us safe on the road and Tom organised our accommodation superbly.

We visited, orchid gardens in mountains, a community of people living in the middle of Lake Habanabilla and had coffee with them and had a visit to a home there, we swam in mountain pools under waterfalls, we visited local markets (2), we even watched Tom have his haircut and visited his Cuban mother-in-law’s place.

The Cuban people were so kind, gentle and hospitable towards us. We tried to go over half-way in meeting them, and they more than reciprocated, enjoying our feeble attempts at speaking Spanish. If you’d like to know more of the trip, get in touch with us. The trip was a great experience!

Below is a small slide show of our pics from the trip. If you’d like to see a more extensive group you can click here (Our pics from Cuba).

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