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Beautiful Cuba Part 2

The tour begins!

Ryan, Tanita and I set off to visit the Museum of the revolution which is located in the presidential palace in Old Havana.
The museum tells the 26th of July movement from 1953, lead by Fidel Castro and allies against president Bartista and his government. Eventually winning out in 1958 to become a socialist republic and later on becoming a single communist party.
Fidel introduced economic planning, healthcare and education. The Cuban people still regard Fidel and Che Guevara as the national champions of socialism and revolutionary ideas securing Cuba’s independence from the United States.
Of course at a cost for both sides with the bay of pigs invasion and the closure of trade with the United States.
Fidel also assisted several other Latin American nations to gain independence. The museum celebrates the Cuban revolution wins as well as its losses.
Fidel and Che are still icons displayed and celebrated all across the nation.
After all that history we were hungry, we set off exploring the streets and laneways for lunch!
We found a little street side restaurant serving delicious pork ribs served on tree stumps! of course with another cocktail or two!
We then headed across to visit an old light house and take some beautiful pictures looking back towards Old Havana.
We headed back to the guesthouse as we had a tour meet and greet at 6pm.
Turns out we have 5 Aussies, 3 English and 2 Germans for our trip!!!
We met out tour leader Yonelkis or ‘Jono’ we named him (so very Aussie)!
We headed out for a lovely dinner all together as a group to get to know each other a bit before setting off in the morning.

After dinner Tanita, Ryan and I headed to Fábrica de Arte Cubano (FAC), its translates to the Cuban Art Factory and is an electric mix of Cuban contemporary art with music.
It had so many different rooms and outdoor spaces! It’s set in an old oil factory and it was packed with both locals and tourists. In the grounds outside the building old shipping containers make outdoor courtyards and bars.
The whole space was beautifully designed to browse the art in an informal setting.
That night there was a live band playing from Canada, we danced in the DJ area almost til close then headed back for a cheeky night cap that turned into dawn. We said our goodbyes to Tanita and headed onto day one of the tour a little tired and shady.. to say the least!!!!

We set off at 8:30 on a small bus, first stop a walking tour of Old Havana, we went to an old church but to be honest I wasn’t in a state to take in much of the information 🤣

We had a bit of a drive on the bus so a sleep was just what we needed!

We arrived in gorgeous Vinales, east of Havana. Settled into our guesthouses and had dinner with most of the group. Part of the Main Street was set with tables and live music. This is Tony from the UK and Martin from Germany enjoying a beer in Vinales.

Big day tomorrow with a trip to the tobacco farm and a salsa lesson!!

Much love from Cuba
L xx

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