Explore This!: Havana, Cuba

Filed in Explore This , featured , The Quirky Lover Posted on February 20, 2012 @ 3:00 pm 7 comments

Today, I’m whisking you all off to Havana, Cuba. Personally speaking, Cuba has always been a place that I knew would have beautiful spots, but was also a country that invoked fear at the thought of visiting. The common knowledge (rumour?) that police walk around with machine guns and the fear of doing anything wrong (even by accident) just made it seem less than appealing as a vacation destination.

To be honest, my inspiration for today’s post, Peggy Blair’s The Beggar’s Opera (I believe it’s Canadian release only so far, but keep an eye out for it), doesn’t do much to allay my fears. It did make me curious, however, to check out the sites. If you all promise to hold my hand, when can begin our tour now:

Plaza de la Catedral

Chinatown in Havana

Playas del Este

Havana night life.

A British war ship in Havana Bay. It was the first allowed in since prior to 1959.

The Capitol Building

Coco taxis. How cute are these?!

The Malécon

The requisite night shot: the Paseo de Prado

Have any of you been to Cuba? Is it as scary as rumour would have us believe? Should I change my mind and give it a try one of these day? I’m a big fan of beating stereotypes, so would be very agreeable to change with some positive feedback here 😉

About Jackie

Jackie is a quirky mom, living in Ontario, Canada. She's a bookkeeper by day and a book lover by night. She also blogs at The Novel Nation and writes occasionally for Heroes and Heartbreakers.

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  • Karoline February 20, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    My sister and her husband have gone at least 3 or 4 times and they love it. I’ve been wanting to go so bad but haven’t had the chance yet. Also, no it’s not scary, but they do advise you where you can go, and where you shouldn’t. That’s it. Otherwise it’s a lot of fun from what I hear. I just want to go to one of their beaches, and read!!!!!! that was be ideal!

    • Jackie February 20, 2012 at 7:38 pm

      Yes! Reading on the beach would definitely be something I could handle. I think having a Canadian passport goes a long way to feeling more secure too 😉 I’m glad to hear that it’s not as bad as I’ve heard.

  • Alisha February 20, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    Ohhhhh I wish wish wish it were possible to visit. When the heck is the embargo going to be lifted? ^_^

    • Jackie February 20, 2012 at 9:32 pm

      It was interesting to read about the British boat. That happened in 2010, so maybe there’s hope soon?

  • heidenkind February 21, 2012 at 2:47 am

    I have not been to Cuba. But I did take a class on Cuban history and cinema in college, haha. From what I read/watched, there are a lot of European tourists who still go to Cuba and think it’s the best place evar. Oh, and there was an article in National Geographic Travel this month about how Cuba is a great travel destination, and US travel restrictions are loosening now. I’d love to go some day!

  • aurian February 21, 2012 at 7:09 am

    One of my collegues went to Cuba a few years ago for 2 weeks. And though there is a lot of armed police and militairy, he enjoyed the food and drinks and cigars very much, and found the people very friendly. And it is a beautiful island.

  • Tamsyn February 21, 2012 at 8:58 am

    These are absolutely beautiful pictures. Love them. I hope that I shall have the chance to go there one day.

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