Cuba: Memories of Havana & an Island Culture

With Cuba in the news we look back 35 years to our first experiences of filming the island post revolution when it was caught up in the web of superpowers. Our travel experience started in Havana with a tale of two cities – the modern produced by the Revolution and the Colonial the remains of a time when Cuba was part of the Spanish Empire. From our archives we feature visits to La Bodeguita del Medio and La Floridita – restaurants each with their own distinctive cuisine and drinks made famous by Ernest Hemingway. We spent one evening enjoying the lavish entertainment at the Tropicana and another at an authentic Afro-Cuban folklore night. Our travels include the small town of Trinidad – an architectural gem and home to the House of Music. For more information: visit www.ontopoftheworld.net and check out episode #161 in the International category

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A rich blend of cultures from across the Caribbean and around the world, Cuba is unlike any other country. Join us on an exclusive journey as we spend seven nights in the cities of Trinidad and Havana, soaking in the island’s timeless culture, history, and art. While in Trinidad visit many historic cathedrals and tour the city with your local guide. Enjoy four nights at Havana’s landmark Hotel Nacional. Visit the Bay of Pigs Museum and discover Old Havanna’s architecture. Meet a Cuban family in their very own paladar, a privately owned restaurant. Step inside the home of Ernest Hemingway, almost unchanged from the time the author left in 1960. Explore a former sugar factory and savor a lunch of local specialties. Visit an orphanage and meet with the nuns who have dedicated their lives to helping the children. Throughout your exploration, come to know the Cuban people as few have.

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