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// MARCH 2016
Until the next ... always
Thessaloniki
Mexico City
Havana
Trinidad
Santiago de Cuba
Guardalavaca
Cayo Coco
Varadero
Havana
Havana 2
Panama City
Cienfuegos
Sancti Spiritus
Camaguey
Valle de San Luis
Guantanamo
Baracoa
Holguin
Ciego De Avila
Cayo Guillermo
Santa Clara
Matanzas
Valle de Vinales
Pinar del Río
Vinales

Varadero
 

17th of March 2016
Probably the most beautiful beach in Cuba...

We woke up early and after having finished our breakfast we covered the course till Cayo Guillermo

It  is a small beautiful island, next to Cayo Coco, connected to the Cuban mainland and to the town of Moron with the same road. It is also famous because it was Ernest Hemingway’s favorite place for fishing… Eternal sandy beaches, hot sun and Playa Pilar, which is believed to be probably the most beautiful beach in Cuba.



We returned, we left the hotel and Cayo Coco and started our trip towards Varadero. We stopped again at the village Jatibonico for its super bread (and this time we took 5 loafs so as not to be troubled with currency and changes) and then we continued, crossing a really dry piece of land, since winter had not quite finished yet in Cuba.

We passed by Santa Clara, where we saw, Monumento a la Toma y Acción del Tren Blindado , dictator Batista’s train, which was carrying ammunition along with 408 men and was derailed by Che himself in 29/9/1958.
We also saw Plaza de la Revolution, where Che’s and his guerillas monument and mausoleum are situated.
They all died in Bolivia (9/10/1967), but the famous phrase/slogan “hasta la victoria siempre” (always towards victory) still overwhelms the whole island of Cuba. 



 

Che is no longer alive and we will never know…

One may reasonably wonder how Che would actually feel in this so called modern Cuba?
Where exactly could the idealistic vision of the Great Revolutionist fit, within a rather disappointing reality?  
This is in any case a rhetorical question. 
Che is no longer alive and we will never find out how he would feel, if he knew that his famous, now, photo, taken in 1960 by the photographer Alberto Korda, has become the number one consuming product, in a world that he himself despised and fought against…



 

We arrived at Varadero and its Peninsula. It is the oldest and most well organized touristic resort in Cuba.
It was used as a compass for the development of other areas subsequently, since it was the first one that had been developed strategically.
Its history started in the beginning of the 20th century where it was used as a vacation place for wealthy families coming from Cardenas and Havana.
Our hotel, Memories Varadero Beach also belonging to the hotel chain Memories, was very nice, with many restaurants, always on the logic of the buffet meals and the all inclusive offers.

We explored the hotel, the beach, the swimming pools and the restaurants, before going to bed.


Country: Cuba
Date: 2016
Route: Cuba
Cities: Thessaloniki, Mexico City, Havana, Trinidad, Santiago de Cuba, Guardalavaca, Cayo Coco, Varadero, Havana, Havana 2, Panama City
Duration: 9
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Country: Cuba
Date: 2016
Route: Cuba
Cities: Thessaloniki, Mexico City, Havana, Trinidad, Santiago de Cuba, Guardalavaca, Cayo Coco, Varadero, Havana, Havana 2, Panama City
Duration: 9
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Population: 11.418.197
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Country: Cuba
Date: 2016
Route: Cuba
Cities: Thessaloniki, Mexico City, Havana, Trinidad, Santiago de Cuba, Guardalavaca, Cayo Coco, Varadero, Havana, Havana 2, Panama City
Duration: 9 days
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Population: 11.418.197
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