In Havana, the Joy of the Churro

In Havana, the Joy of the Churro

On a breezy afternoon the line begins to form. They appear seemingly from nowhere, queuing up around a small cart on an Old Havana street. This is one of the great rituals of street life in Cuba’s capital: the churro cart. The famous, aboriginally Spanish dessert, somewhere halfway between a doughnut and a french fry, is … Read more

VIDEO: A Charming Hotel in Old Havana

VIDEO: A Charming Hotel in Old Havana

Set in an old 18th century mansion in Old Havana, the Hotel Conde de Villanueva is a throwback to the city as it once was. Home to nine large rooms surrounding an open-air courtyard, this boutique property is a gateway to the colonial era, with antique furniture, marble walls and chandeliers. Its theme is tobacco, with … Read more

VIDEO: Guantanamera, Cuba’s Most Famous Song

The word “Guantanamera” translates into, “girl from Guantánamo.” The song was originally written by José Fernández, who used it in his radio programs. Some claim Herminio “El Diablo” García Wilson should be credited as a co-composer. Fernández claimed the song was about a woman who rejected his romantic interest.  Garcia claimed the song describes an … Read more

Doors of Old Havana

Doors of Old Havana

Old Havana describes the central area of the original city of Havana, Cuba.  In addition to having the largest concentration of colonial architecture in the western hemisphere, the Cuban capital boasts the largest collection of Spanish colonial military architecture.  Old Havana and its fortifications were designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982. Havana’s first settlement … Read more