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Havana Day 1

Havana Day 1

We arrived in Havana in the afternoon. This, as you might expect was the highlight of our trip. We had lost time waiting for Fidel and that meant the tour was a little rushed. The bus dropped us off at the Customs House. It looks a bit disused but our local guide, Janko, assured me […]

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Vinales

Vinales

Today Anna and I went separate ways. She took the hop on hop off bus in Havana and I went to fulfill another bucket list item – watching cigars being made. I headed off in the coach with the group in inclement weather and traveled up an expressway for a couple of hours. As we […]

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Hasta la victoria siempre

Hasta la victoria siempre

We travelled in the bus for several hours through the Cuban countryside passing sugar, mango trees, paw paw, pineapples, and citrus. Eventually we came to… Australia. No, not that one but a village with the same name. We stopped for a highly promised pina colada. After a brief discussion we found they came without rum. […]

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Eduardo Che Guevara

Eduardo Che Guevara

          Today we are in Santa Clara and following up on Ernesto “Che” Guevara. When I found that Che just means someone from Argentina I was disappointed. I expected much more. Anyway, El Che made a very big impact on Cuba. He was deeply involved in the revolution and became a […]

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La Granjita, Cuba

La Granjita, Cuba

  Today we finally began our long anticipated Cuba trip. We left the hotel early and took a taxi to the Warsaw Chopin Airport. We had business class tickets but we still had to queue behind a family that seemed to take forever to check in. Once we got to the desk we were quickly […]

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Helicopter ride in Warsaw

Helicopter ride in Warsaw

Today Anna and I took a ride in a helicopter over the Vistula at Warsaw. Yesterday we took a train to Warsaw. Krakow was shrouded in smog and was a good place to leave. As we traveled north the air cleared and the sun glowed across the meadows. It all looked very promising but the […]

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Arlamow

Arlamow

Today we are driving to Arlamow through the snow. Piotr and Grace collected us from Villa Carpatia in the small Citroen; the big one having been sold. We headed off south through the snow. My first observation was a dad pushing his son on a sled along the road. Wow. Everything is white. The roofs […]

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Krasiczyn

Krasiczyn

  Today we went to Krasiczyn to visit a castle/palace. Piotr told us that there was nothing there. We managed to persuade the GPS to accept the street address but not the number and we headed off. We travelled along lovely back roads for about 20 minutes and then came out onto a main road […]

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Villa Carpatia

Villa Carpatia

Today we head to Zolynia for several weeks in a health spa. We were met at Rzeszow by Anna’s cousin Piotr Who took us to lunch in his café in Kolbuszowa. Our last decent feed for a fortnight. Thank goodness it was a great one. A bowl of chicken soup followed by a huge serve […]

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All Saints Day

All Saints Day

Today was All Saints Day. It is a major public holiday in Poland. Most people go to the cemetery and almost everything is closed.       We started by walking through the local cemetery, Rakowicka. It is quite old and has some very historic graves including Jan Matejko, a famous painter. There was also […]