A trip to Cuba means, above all, traveling in time. In the small streets of old Havana or Trinidad, the cobblestone streets and old stone houses recount four centuries of Spanish colonialism… far from the uncertainties of today.
The exciting years that preceded the revolution are also still just as vivid with old American cars from the 1950's, their chrome still shining, and the Hotel Nacional of Cuba, the most prestigious 5-star hotel in Havana, which devotedly shows off the portraits of its famous guests, Ava Gardner, Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole. And if Fidel Castro’s rise to power in 1959 changed the course of the island’s history, the Cubans remain attached to their culture and their traditions.
On the tobacco plantations in the Viñales Valley where they make cigars, they farm work as they always have, methodically and patiently. The same timeless atmosphere pervades in the little fishing port of Cojimar, so dear to Ernest Hemingway. Cuba lives to its own beat.