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Plaza de la Catedral, Havana

Cuba Travel

We are now heading to the final square on our Old Havana walking tour.  As we walk through an alleyway, we pass by this mysterious looking face on the wall of Casa del Marqués de Arcos. Once a mansion, it was transformed into Havana’s main post office in the mid-19th century. You’ll spot a few faces along the wall used for mailboxes. Directly across from Casa del Marqués de Arcos is a mural done by a Cuban artist depicting 67 of Cuba’s historical…

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Havana's oldest square, Plaza de Armas

Cuba Travel

Our trip down yet another colonial style alleyway led us from Plaza Viejo to Plaza de Armas (Square of Arms or Weapons). Along the route, we passed by Hotel Ambos Mundos. This hotel once welcomed actors, actresses, writers and many American tourists. It is highlighted on the tour, as it was home to author Ernest Hemingway for seven years. That’s right; he rented a room on the fifth floor for $1.50 per night. Just think, if you were to visit Havana…

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History comes alive in Plaza Vieja, Cuba

Cuba Travel

Our tour continued from San Francisco Square through the alleyway below to Plaza Vieja (Old Square). Before reaching the square, we passed by Havana’s oldest aqueduct, constructed in the 16th century. It was built to supply water to the city residents and harbor. We continued down the path to Plaza Vieja, which ironically is quite new due to a recent restoration bringing it back to its former glory. It was one of my favorite squares because of the vibrant colors and detailed…

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Havana, Cuba Square One

Cuba Travel

As I began to write this blog post, I realized the wealth of information (and photos) I walked away with, so I decided to break up my Cuban adventure into various blog posts. I'll begin at square one, Plaza de San Francisco, the first of four historic squares we visited on our city tour.…

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Stepping into the Shadows of Florida's Tallest Lighthouse

Florida State Parks Travel

I think one of the reasons people are so stressed nowadays is because we feel everything has to planned out, when in fact, that is what takes the fun out of the adventure sometimes. A planner by nature, I always feel I have to have the course completely mapped out before I set forth, but that only causes stress and anxiety, whereas just going with the flow is fun and exciting. This weekend for example, I had a few wedding…

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Experience More Florida, Take a Day Trip

Like a Local Travel

One of the benefits of living, and vacationing, in Central Florida is the location.  The central location makes it easy to explore even more of the state.  Here are my top 5 day trip destinations: 1. St. Augustine  What’s not to love about this historic city? It is the oldest continuously occupied European-establish settlement in the United States and still dazzles with history.  Whether you decide to take a tour or just wander leisurely down the brick-lined streets, you are sure to…

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'Eye' Experienced a Record Setting Feat at The Orlando Eye

Travel

This morning, daredevil Nik Wallenda made history by walking across one of Central Florida’s newest attractions, The Orlando Eye. Media spread out on the lawn below the giant wheel, as local restaurants came around with small breakfast bites and coffee, as we waited in anticipation for the big event. You could feel the anxiety build as the wheel began making its move. We all knew Nik was inside one of the capsules. The crowds went wild as he emerged and…

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