A Brief History of Cuba’s Sugar Industry You may not know it but Cuba used to be one of the most prosperous nations on earth. The prosperity of the nation was transformed in the 1790s when sugar traders fled the slave rebellion in Hispaniola (modern day Haiti and Dominican Republic) for their much bigger neighbours. […]
I have always appreciated an aesthetically pleasing building and my appreciation of Art Deco was heightened when I visited Miami in the early 2000s. Although I don’t exactly go out of my way to spot certain buildings, if they happen to be located where I find myself I will go out of my way to […]
Before I visited Cuba I had of course heard of Che Guevara. Now I feel I know him. Che was born in Rosario in 1928, Argentinian but part Irish through his paternal grandparents. All his life he struggled with asthma, but this did not stop him loving and playing rugby and qualifying as a doctor. Ernesto […]
Classic American Cars Think of Cuba and Havana or Trinidad in particular and you will probably think of classic American cars. The types of gas guzzlers that you saw in the movies transporting Peggy Sue to the drive-in or turning evil and crushing its victims (Stephen King’s Christine). Cadillacs, Chevrolets, Fords, Plymouths, Mercurys and Lincolns […]
It is now unbelievably four years since a wonderful tour of Cuba that I did with Mrs Wilbur (she had a milestone birthday whilst there) and our good friend and my regular travel buddy Hamish. 2017 Things seemed to be changing in 2017. Barack Obama had forged new relations between the traditional adversaries. Cruise ships […]
Number 10 – Train Trip from Sevastopol to Lviv, Ukraine 2011 This remains as my longest train ride to date. 27-hours with one change of trains at Simferopol. The journey started in the Crimea, the disputed region that has now been annexed to Russia. It was a wonderful trip from south to north travelling in […]
Santiago is Cuba’s second city and was the centre of attention following the Revolution, as it was here that Fidel Castro announced that they had won the power struggle, in front of enthusiastic crowds. The cathedral dominates the main square where Castro made his proclamation and is a fine example of colonial Spanish architecture.
I snapped this bird whilst visiting a cocoa plantation near Baracoa in Cuba.