S: Cuba 2011
BC: We sure missed our girls but Kenzie had fun at her dads and Taryn and Keira managed to wrap Grandma right around their little fingers! All in all, a wonderful vacation.
FC: Varadero & Havana, Cuba March 6th - 14th, 2011
1: We stayed at the Iberostar Laguna Azul | After a 5 hour red eye flight, we were so glad to be at the resort!
2: The meals in the buffet restaurant were great!
3: We arrived in Varadero @ 7:00am and spent the day checking out our awesome resort & beach. | Cuba
5: Day 2: We took the double decker bus into the town of Varadero
6: We spent lots of time exploring the markets and seeing the sights.
7: The old cars and buildings were amazing to see! We didn't find much to shop for but the scenery was worth the trip.
8: The buildings were so run down but you could just imagine how beautiful they must have been in their day.
10: a little shop in a shady alley | cool old cars were everywhere
11: a very sad little "shopping mall"
12: This was our driver, Fidel. A very nice man. | This was Fidel's horse, Don Juan. | We went on a quick tour of the main road in Varadero and then stopped for lunch at "Kiki's". Food was great. Service... not so much!
14: After a long day of exploring we went back to our resort for supper and an early night!
15: These are the pictures that were on the wall in our room along with some of the flowers at the resort.
16: My poor little party hat has seen better days
17: I love to be at the beach ... but we split our time between the two because Neil loves the swim up bar!
19: This is the path from the beach back to the main part of the resort. That is the beach snack shack on the right - open 24 hours!
23: Varadero/Cayo Blanco Snorkeling Tour
28: The dolphin compound was out in the middle of the ocean! It was really neat being right in the open water with these amazing creatures.
29: At first I didn't want to go in the water... but I was glad I did!
32: Half way through our tour a pretty wicked storm blew in. We were literally in the middle of nowhere on the ocean! We pulled in between two tiny little islands to ride it out. | We met some new friends from Edmonton too - Bridget and Gary.
33: We knew something was up when the entire crew went below deck and came up in wet suits! At least the "Cuba Libres" kept coming! | The storm did some pretty good damage on shore as well.
34: Photoshop has nothing on this fancy-schmancy technology! | This photographer with this very old fashioned camera took our picture for about the equivalent of $1.
36: Havana was so beautiful and really, one day was not enough to do this historical city any justice. We barely scratched the surface on many amazing places. If we ever go back to Cuba, I would rather spend more time in Havana than in Varadero. It was a blessing in disguise that we managed to lose our formal tour - turns out we had a much better tour going out on our own!
39: After we lost our tour group, we found Victor who took us everywhere in search of them... | We went everywhere in search of our our specific tour bus among hundreds of identical buses! | Finally we found our empty bus! I was so glad I had taken a photo of the bus number at a previous stop! | Neil really enjoys Cuban art - especially the half naked hot lady kind! She now lives in his man-cave. | I met this adorable little boy and his mom outside of the big flea market. He was so grateful for the little gifts we gave him. | Miguel was my new best friend. He was thrilled with the bag of school supplies we gave him.
40: More typical "Cuban" sites on our lost tour! The buildings were so amazing and the ones that have been restored (like the one on the left) were absolutely gorgeous.