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Even “Lucky” Luciano wore a Guayabera shirt while in Havana

"Lucky" Luciano wearing a Guayabera shirt.

 Have you heard of Google news archive? Its a great feature to find old news from many sources including old newspapers. I found this article about “Lucky” Luciano been in Havana wearing a guayabera shirt.  This portion of the article reads:   “…he was sitting out his confinement in the immigration station very comfortably. He lounges […]

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May 20 Cuba’s Independence Day.

On May 20, 1902 the republic of Cuba was created.  However, under the Cuban constitution, the US kept the right to supervise finances and other affairs in Cuba; this was known as the Platt amendment.  Don Tomas Estrada Palma (1835-1908) became the first president of Cuba.  He managed to sign important agreements with the United […]

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The Canimar River Bridge. Matanzas, Cuba December 2010

Matanzas is a beautiful city approximately 50 miles from Havana.  The city sits on a scenic bay with many rivers passing thru the city.  Many know Matanzas by the nickname the city of bridges.  I visited the Canimar river bridge in Matanzas in December 2010 with my aunt and cousins. We spent the day fishing […]

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Cuban Pesos

Cuba has two currencies, on one currency Cubans earn their salaries and use it to pay for their government rationing; this one is called CUP.  The second currency is one with a higher value on which tourists or Cuban with families in other countries deal called CUC. $0.90 (dollar) = 1 CUC = 24 CUP (cuban Pesos) […]

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Havana In the 1930′s

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A day in Havana

We wake up in Havana December 22, 2010. We are happy to be with our family and had planned our day to run some errands and later in the afternoon visit the “Acuario Nacional” (National Aquarium). We get into my father’s car, a 1952 Chevy. The car looks pretty good and it runs, not well, […]

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Great Museums of Havana

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First Night In Havana

After arriving at the Havana airport we took like 2 hours to get out of the airport. The procedures to inspect and pay the customs fees were cumbersome.  Imagen around 200 people each carrying like an average of 2 big tubular 70 pound each luggage.   People coming from Miami bring big bags full of things they […]

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My Trip to Cuba in 2010

In December 2010 I visited Cuba with my wife and kids. We were really exited to visit our family again. We had visited in December 2009 but left with a feeling we need it to spend more time with them.  After so many years apart 7 days the first time was not enough when my immediate […]

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