Santa Clara to Havana

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Back to Havana for another look Cuban girl having her .. wedding photos taken San Francisco
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Having lunch here .. ...in the inside courtyard..   ..enjoyng paella
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This was good   Model of the fort  
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Havana Club rum museum.. ..where we had the tour .. ..and a glass of rum  
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The Revolution Museum .. wher you can learn everything .. ..and more about the said.. ..revolution.
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..wax model of Che and Fidel.. .with their hats and guns We leave Havana and .. ..back to Moraira

Leaving Santa Clara and the hotel Granjita behind by 8am, we headed up the Autopista to Havana. As the motorway approached Havana, it broadened out to 4 lanes in each direction, but the car traffic was still virtually nothing. Getting to the outskirts of Havana we found the ring road east, which led to the tunnel under the river and directly to the old town. Here we parked by the Rex rental company, having decided to drive ourselves back to the airport, rather than checking the car in and taking a taxi.

That left us free to explore Havana again. So we started with lunch at el Templete, arguably the best restaurant in Havana. Ensconced in their inner courtyard, we were not disappointed by their paella, made will fresh, well cooked prawns. Washed down with a couple of (strong) mojitos.

After lunch we swayed out into the streets of Havana, and were able to fit in El Castillo, the Havana Club Rum Museum and the Revolutionary Museum in short order. By then the shutters were starting to come down on the Revolutionary Museum - a lot of revolutionary leader knives and forks on display, wax models of Che and Fidel, their plans of attacks and so on - then throw in bits of the U2 they shot down, plus remains of B52 which suffered the same fate, plus see the SAM which brought them down.

By then the afternoon was drawing to a close, so we had a drink (coke) for the road along the river and headed back to the car. In essence the instructions we had to get to the airport were simple - head along the Malecon and turn left at the first roundabout, then straight for 10 miles to the airport and look for terminal three. We were confused by the gathering twilight, one way systems, then pedestrians on the blackened roads, then no signs for the airport, imprecise directions from policemen whom we asked, then the vast airport area in which the International Terminal was miles from the rest and unsigned. Anyway in the end we found it - and by then the fuel warning light showed virtually zero fuel.

To exit Cuba you have to check in and get a boarding card, then present boarding card at another kiosk and pay £30 for exit tax, then pass security, then go to immigration, where they check not only you passport, but also the computer photo they took of you when you arrived - no chance of someone else slipping out with your passport!

9 hours later we were in Madrid and a plane change for Alicante and home

Our Cuban Holiday