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In March 2012 my wife and I travelled to Cuba for a week. We spent most of our time in Havana, staying in a hotel called The Lincoln in the old quarter of the city, and just a few hundred metres from El Malecón, not very far from where I took the photograph below.

El Malecón in Havana

El Malecón in Havana

Havana is one of the most beautiful cities I have visited. It is replete with Spanish Colonial buildings, most of which are in a fairly poor state of repair due to the lack of money in the country. But, to me, their decaying nature added a certain charm to their beauty, and the colours were stunning. Hopefully the photographs below will give you some idea of the beauty of this city.

The people were very friendly, the main downside we found of visiting Cuba is that it is quite expensive for a “developing country”. Tourists have to use a different currency from the locals, and so pay what often seems to be about 10 times more for even basic things. Whilst I think it is fair enough that tourists pay more than locals when there is such a disparity between their relative wealth, I think a factor of ten was too high, putting the daily cost of being in Cuba about the same as being in a developed, Western country. The other downside we found is that most of the food is pretty bland – you have to hunt around for restaurants that serve tasty food.

We also spent two nights in the tourist resort of Varadero, I will show some photographs from there in part 2 of this blog.

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As my last post mentioned, I was recently on holiday in Cuba. The first public building I visited, on my 2nd day in Havana, was the “Museo de la Revolucion”, which is in the grand colonial splendour of the former residence of Fulgencio Batista, the Cuban dictator removed from office by the 1959 Communist revolution which Fidel Castro and Ernesto “Che” Guevara led.

The 4 cretins honoured on this wall are Batista, Ronald Reagan (the 40th president of the USA 1981-1989), George H.W. Bush (the 41st president of the USA 1989-1993) and, finally, his son George W. Bush (43rd present of the USA 2001-2009). It is interesting to note that the 42nd president, Democrat Bill Clinton, is not given the dubious honour of being on this wall. But, perhaps most surprisingly, also no John F. Kennedy (35th president of the USA 1961-1963), who tried to get Castro assassinated.

El Museo de la Revolucion

The Museum of the Revolution


Tucked away in a corner of the ground floor is the following wall. There is nothing like propaganda 🙂

The "Cretins" wall of fame

Batista, the US installed and supported dictator who was removed by the Communist revolution. The caption says "Thank you cretin for helping us make the revolution"

Ronald Reagan, the actor turned president. The caption says "Thank you cretin for helping us strengthen the revolution"

George H.W. Bush (George Bush senior). The caption next to him says "Thank you cretin for helping us consolidate the revolution"

George W Bush. The caption next to him says "Thank you cretin for helping us make socialism irrevocable"

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