presents: Hotel Gran Caribe Internacional in Varadero / Cuba / Cuba

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The hotel is located directly beside the beach in the best part of Varadero. Guests will reach the centre of Matanzas in about 2 km, while it is approximately 30 km to Varadero International Airport.

The hotel was inaugurated on Christmas Eve 1950. Built in the solid but elegant architectural style of that period, it still preserves the spirit of those years. The hotel’s lobby area is large and open, providing stupendous views and direct access to the beach. On offer are a total of 162 rooms spread across six floors. The hotel has beautiful gardens, and the facilities on offer include a bar, a laundry service (charges apply), parking for those arriving by car, and a kid’s club. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner buffets are offered at the Antillano restaurant, while the Universal restaurant presents guests with a range of international cuisine, and the Italiano restaurant serves cooking from Italy. The “Continental” cabaret offers excellent dinners with a colourful show with truly infectious rhythms. This nostalgic optional activity will make for one of the best nights in Varadero.

The rooms all come with an en suite bathroom with hairdryer, a direct dial telephone, satellite/ cable TV, a minibar, a double bed, centrally regulated air conditioning, and a hire safe. The rooms afford views of either the sea or the gardens. All accommodation units are cleaned daily and provided with clean sheets and towels.

The hotel grounds feature a swimming pool as well as sun loungers laid out ready for use. Sports enthusiasts may further enjoy non-motorised water sports such as windsurfing (charges apply), catamaraning (charges apply), kayaking (charges apply), and pedal boating (charges apply), as well as tennis, table tennis, basketball, volleyball, badminton, mini bowling, and beach football. In addition, it is possible to take advantage of the massage treatments (charges apply), try a range of board games, or play billiards.

Guests may serve themselves from the buffets at breakfast, lunch and dinner. It is possible to book an all inclusive stay.

MasterCard and VISA are accepted in the hotel. Traveller’s Cheques are also accepted.
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Cuba – Impressions

This was my first attempt to film landscapes and such so please bare with me through the shakiness of some of the footage. I got better with time so it’ll get better throughout the video 😉 .

A little video about my adventure in Cuba. We were backpacking the west of the country in July and I’d like to share some of it with you here.
So if you’re debating whether or not you’d like to visit Cuba or just like to see nice scenery then this video might be for you. Also if you’ve already booked your ticket but don’t know which places to see this might help as well.

We (meaning: a friend of mine and me (sidenote: we’re both girls; Cuba is really safe so travelling for young girls on their own is not dangerous)) started our journey in Havanna went on to Vinales, a small town surrounded by beautiful landscapes and then went back to Havanna (passing Pinar del Rio) for a day to split up our trip to Cienfuegos a bit. After visiting Cienfuegos we went to Trinidad and then from there to Santa Clara, a town where all tourist attractions revolve around Che Guevara. From there we took a train to a little village called Los Arabos in order to get to Matanzas, a city close to Varadero (a city known for it’s beaches and popular with tourists). After staying there for a couple of days we went back to Havanna where we spent the last days before heading back home.

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Dedication to the Great Victory Day. Soviet Self Propelled Tank Destroer SU-100. 1944-45. Ко дню Великой Победы. Советская Самоходка СУ-100.
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Image by Peer.Gynt
Moscow. Technical Museum of Vadim Zadorozhny.

The SU-100 was a Soviet casemate-style tank destroyer. It was used extensively during the last year of World War II and saw service for many years afterwards with the armies of Soviet allies around the world.
It was developed in 1944 as an improvement to the SU-85, built on the same chassis as the T-34-85 tank. It was designed and built at the UZTM (Russian abbreviature УЗТМ for Уральский Завод Тяжелого Машиностроения – Ural Heavy Machinery Factory, also called Uralmash) in Yekaterinburg. The SU-100 quickly proved itself to be among the best self-propelled anti-tank guns of World War II, able to penetrate 125 mm (4.9 in) of vertical armor from a range of 2,000 m (1.2 mi) and the sloped 85 mm (3.3 in) front armor of the German Panther from 1,500 m (0.93 mi).[citation needed] The development was conducted under supervision of L. I. Gorlitskiy, chief designer of all medium Soviet self-propelled guns. The work started in February 1944 and first prototype of SU-100, called "Object 138", was built in March. After intensive testing with different models of 100 mm gun Soviet engineers approved the D-10S gun for mass production. This gun was developed in Constructors Bureau of Artillery Factory No. 9 under guidance of F. F. Petrov. After the Second World War it was installed on T-54 and T-55 tanks and its derivatives were in service forty years after initial development. The hull of SU-100 had major improvements over the SU-85; the thickness of the front armour was increased from 45 to 75 mm (1.8 to 3.0 in), and the commander’s workplace was made in a small sponson on the right side of the hull; combined with the commander’s cupola this greatly improved the commander’s effectiveness. For better ventilation two ventilator units were installed, instead of only one as in the SU-85. Mass production began in September 1944.
The SU-100 saw extensive service during the last year of the war. It was used en masse in Hungary in March 1945, when Soviet forces defeated the German Operation Frühlingserwachen offensive at Lake Balaton. By July 1945, 2,335 SU-100s had been built.

The vehicle remained in service with the Red Army well after the war; production continued in the Soviet Union until 1947 and into the 1950s in Czechoslovakia. It was withdrawn from Soviet service in 1957 but many vehicles were transferred to reserve stocks. Some exist to this day in the Russian Army holding facilities.

Many Warsaw Pact countries also used the SU-100, as did Soviet allies such as Egypt, Angola and Cuba. A few SU-100 were delivered to Yugoslavia after the war, under the designation M-44.[1] The SU-100 saw service in the fighting that accompanied the 1956 Suez Crisis, in which the Egyptians used SU-100s against Israel’s M4 Sherman tanks. The vehicle was also utilized in the 1967 Six-Day War and the 1973 Yom Kippur War. It was modified slightly to adapt it to the sandy conditions of the Middle East, thus creating the SU-100M variant. Exported SU-100s continued in service until the 1970s, and in some countries, even later. Yugoslavs used them during the civil war however due to lack of spare parts they were quickly retired, but performed satisfactorily. The SU-100 remains in use by the Vietnam People’s Army and the Korean People’s Army Ground Force despite the age of the design.

SU-100s entered service with the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China after 1 December 1950 when Soviet forces left Dalian. The armaments in Dalian were sold to China, including 99 SU-100s, 18 IS-2 heavy tanks, 16 T-54s and 224 T-34s, with which PLA formed its 1st Mechanised Division.
In popular culture [edit]

The crew of a World War II SU-100 and their vehicle are the heroes of the old Soviet film «На войне как на войне» Na vojne kak na vojne ("All’s fair in love and war" (literally: "In wartime it’s like wartime"), one of several Soviet films made about self-propelled artillery men. Veterans of the German-Soviet War found this picture quite realistic. The movie includes a Soviet tankmen song, which is popular with both Russian armoured soldiers and civilians.
A SU-100 is used by the protagonists in the movie The Misfit Brigade, where it is portrayed as a German tank, possibly because it resembles the Jagdpanzer 38 (t) tank destroyer and the Jagdpanther. Ironically, the film has a scene where the Germans spot one, supposedly captured by the Russians, and proclaim: "That’s one of ours! It sure is, and it’s a terrible paint job. You can still see the cross! … Ivan’s pinched my tank!" The film is also known as Wheels of Terror, based on the book by Sven Hassel.

Central Florida 1957
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Image by davecito
Map by Rand McNally: insets on reverse for Tampa, Miami, Cuba and the SE US. As late as 1957, Miami, Jacksonville and Tampa were the only Florida cities with populations over 100,000; though the state was a strong tourist magnet, the overwhelming majority of the state was still rural, and still very Southern in culture.