In keeping with the wander-lust of our classmates, some may be interested in our delightful visit to Havana and surrounding area.
Cuba is the Star of the Carribean and Latin America. The people are happy, healthy, resorceful and resilient, despite the oppressive foreign policy of the USA. The number one wealth generator is Tourism followed by the export of Doctors and health professionals to Carribean, Latin and South American countries (40,000 in 2012 ).
Havana is a 400 year old city of historic importance with magnificent Government buildings, Opera House, museums, a grand harbour and a population of nearly one million people. In the principal Museum we found a Canadian connection, a metal plaque in the floor honouring Pierre Le Moyne d' Iberville, perhaps the first great soldier born in Canada, notwithstanding he spent a good part of his career fighting the British. He died in Havana in July 1706 and is buried there.
Signs of the Revolution of 1959 are still prominent, but fading. It seems the spirit will live on.
We recommend a visit while the Castros' are still living.
The Melia Havana is the only 5 Star hotel where I have stayed. Recommend it highly (note the Canadian Flag).
The photo of me is on Revolution Square and I am giving a "thumbs up" to one of my heroes.