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Hemingway Museum

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Finca Vigia, located about 11 miles from Central Havana, is the home where Ernest Hemingway lived for over 20 years, from 1939 to 1960.  Following his death in 1961, the house and its contents were left to the Cuban government, which included Hemingway’s collection of books, photographs and letters, and drafts of his novels.  The house is now called the Hemingway Museum and is operated by the Cuban government.  It is treated as a shrine by Cubans and is part of the famous “Hemingway Trail” for fans of the acclaimed author who visit Havana.

The house contains a collection of over 8,000 books, a large number of stuffed and mounted wild animals he shot and collected during his travels, as well as the clothing and personal effects he maintained at the time.  Elsewhere on the grounds of the museum are the graves of four of his dogs, among the many dogs and cats he owned while living at Finca Vigia, and his 38-foot fishing boat, Pilar.  The large outdoor swimming pool now sits empty.

Visitors to the museum are permitted to explore the grounds; however, they are not able to enter the interior spaces of the home, which have been carefully maintained with Hemingway’s possessions, displayed in the manner in which he may have left them in 1960 when he departed Cuba, a year before his death by suicide.

While living at Finca Vigia, Hemingway wrote A Moveable Feast, Islands in the Stream, and The Old Man and the Sea, for which he received the Pulitzer Prize in 1953 and the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954.

In an article published by the  Times Online in June 2008, it was reported that a Cuban secret policeman offered a writer visiting the Heminway Museum any book in the Museum’s library for $200.  During our visit, I did not receive such a tantalizing offer; however, a docent at the museum offered to use my camera to take photographs throughout the interior of the house for a “tip.”  (I gave her the equivalent of $5. She seemed quite experienced at taking shots with interesting angles. Some of those photos appear in this post.)

Above:  The small plaque that marks the entrance to the driveway to Finca Vigia, now the Hemingway Museum.  Below: The front entrance to the main residence.

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Above and Below:  Views of the interior of the Living Room of Hemingway’s home at Finca Vigia, taken the by one of the Museum’s docents.

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Above:  A view of Hemingway’s bar, with the (reportedly) original items he left in the home in 1960.  Below: A view of the Dining Room, with some of the many stuffed animals that are on display throughout the home.

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Above:  A view of Hemingway’s bedroom, with a few of the approximately 8,000 books contained in the home.  Below:  A view of one of several writing desks in the house, where he wrote several works, including The Old Man and the Sea.

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Above:  A view of the Library and another of the author’s desks.  Below:  The grave markers of four of Hemingway’s pet dogs who lived with him at Finca Vigia.

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Above and Below:  Two views of Pilar, Hemingway’s fishing boat, which is now displayed in a covered shelter where visitors are able to walk around the boat.

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Above:  The feet are pausing at the large swimming pool on the grounds of Finca Vigia.

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Dinner at Vistamar

Among the many wonderful and memorable experiences I had while dining in Havana was a delightful dinner at Vistamar, a seafood specialty restaurant located in a quiet residential neighborhood in the Miramar district, directly along the waterfront.  The restaurant calls itself a “Paladar,” which is defined as a private, family-run restaurant operated within their home, that typically serves simply-prepared dishes using local ingredients.

The restaurant is situated on the second floor of a two-story building, in what otherwise would have been the Living Room and Dining Room of the residence, with small tables that accommodate a total of about 20 people.  Additional tables are available on the covered patio on the lower floor, adjacent to the swimming pool, for about 12 people.

The food at Vistamar was fresh, nicely prepared and well-seasoned, and handsomely plated, as well.

Paladar Vistamar is located at Calle 22HavanaCuba.

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Above:  The outdoor sign of Paladar Vistamar, located in a quiet residential area of the Miramar District in Havana.  Below:  A view of the entrance to the home-based restaurant, showing the breezeway that extends to the swimming pool and ocean beyond.

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Above:  The well-prepared and nicely-presented lobster main course.  Delicious!  Below:  A view of the upstairs seating and the additional poolside tables for cocktails or dining.

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Above:  A view of the infinity edge of the swimming pool at Paladar Vistamar and the ocean beyond.  Below:  The second-level dining area, which maintains it low-key residential feel.

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Today’s Video

Today’s video is an amusing and technically impressive  (yet ever-so-slightly creepy) TV commercial from Evian water, which is part of its “Live Young” campaign.

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Along the Malecon

The Malecon, a five-mile roadway, promenade and seawall that stretches along the Havana waterfront, from the mouth of Havana Harbor in Old Havana to Vedado, is one of the most recognized images and landmarks in Cuba.  In addition to serving as a major, six-lane roadway for the city, the Malecon (also known as Avenue Antonio Maceo)  is a geographic point of reference within Central Havana and an important gathering place for residents of Havana.  The promenade offers sweeping views of the Straits of Florida and the coastal development in Central Havana.

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Above: A view of a portion of the long stretch of the Malecon, which includes a promenade and sea wall to help protect Central Havana from the waters of the Straits of Florida.  Below:  The Malecon provides sweeping views of the the Havana Harbor and the waters of the Straits of Florida.

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Above:  A view from the Malecon of the Castillo de los Tres Reyes Magos del Morro (also called Morro Castle), a fortress built in 1589 on a promontory at the mouth of Havana Harbor, which served to protect the city from intruders from the sea.    Below:  A group of local residents gather along the Malecon, one of Havana’s primary places for socializing.

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Where are the Feet?

Where are the feet?

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The feet have arrived at Restaurante Bar Floridita, in Havana, Cuba.  Floridita is a Havana landmark and is best known for their daquiris and as one of Ernest Hemingway’s favorite hangouts in Havana.  The darkly-lit, plush and upscale establishment includes a large bar with small tables and a spacious, separate dining room.  The bar is a frequent stop for tourists, particularly those who are following the “Hemingway trail” across Havana in search of trivia, memorabilia and tributes to the famous writer.

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Above:  The entrance to Restaurante Bar Floridita and its distinctively and brightly-painted exterior.  Above:  The neon sign of Floridita, which highlights their famous daquiris.

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Above:  A view of the handsome and busy bar, where hundreds of daquiris are poured each day.  Below:  Visitors often pose in front of this life-size statue of Ernest Hemingway, which is positioned at the end of the long bar at Restaurante Bar Floridita.

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To learn more about Restaurante Bar Floridita, go to their official website (available in Spanish only) by clicking here.

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Where is that Drink?

Where is that drink? (Okay, it’s really a serving of ice cream, but it’s equally intoxicating.)

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This wonderfully creamy mocha ice cream was served at the open-air ice creamery called Soderia Coppelia, Havana’s most popular spot for ice cream.

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Above and Below: Soderia Coppelia provides a pleasant, casual setting to enjoy their wide selection of delicious ice cream. Given the heat and humidity in Havana, it’s easy to understand the reason Soderia Coppelia is so popular with residents and visitors alike.

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Today’s Quote

“The revolution is not an apple that falls when it is ripe.  You have to make it fall.”

   — Ernesto “Che” Guevara (1928-1967)

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Where is that Drink?

Where is that drink?

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This incredibly refreshing Mojito was served at the Rooftop Bar at the Parque Central Hotel in Havana, Cuba.  The open-air bar is located on the Rooftop level of the hotel and features comfortable shaded and open seating, with spectacular views of the city, extending from Parque Central to The Malecon.  The bar also serves light fare throughout the day.

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Above and Below: Views of the comfortable seating– for eating or lounging– at the Rooftop Bar at the Parque Central Hotel.

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Above:  A view across the central portion of Havana, as seen from the Rooftop Bar at the Parque Central Hotel, which is owned and operated by NH Hotels.  Below:  A view of the rooftop swimming pool– one of Havana’s best– at the Parque Central Hotel.

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Marti Monument

Among Havana’s most striking sights is the Jose Marti Monument, a memorial to Cuba’s national hero, which is situated on the northern side of the famous Plaza de la Revolucion in the Vedado area of Havana.  The monument consists of a 358-foot tower, designed by Architect Enrique Luis Varela, shaped in the form of a five-pointed star and encased in grey marble.  The tower, which was completed in 1958, features an enclosed observation deck on the top floor, which is accessible by elevator, providing a commanding view over the city.  On the ground floor, the memorial also includes two rooms of displays featuring writings and items from the life of Jose Marti (1853-1895), the poet, professor and political theorist who became a symbol for Cuba’s bid for independence against Spain the the 19th century and is one of the country’s most beloved historical figures.

Across Plaza de la Revolucion, which is one of the world’s largest public squares, is the Ministry of the Interior Building which features a large image of Cuban hero Che Guevara.

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Above and Below:  Two views of the Jose Marti Monument in Havana, as seen from the Plaza de la Revolucion, Havana’s central and symbolic public square.

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Below:  A view of the Ministry of the Interior Building, with a large image of national hero Che Guevara, as seen from the Plaza de la Revolucion.

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What Things Cost

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As part of my Havana adventure, I learned that there are two currencies in Cuba–  the official national currency, the Cuban Peso (CUP), and the Cuban Convertible Peso (CUC), both of which are issued in notes 1, 3, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 denominations.  The CUP is valid for exchange only within Cuba and is used primarily by Cuban citizens to purchase daily consumer goods.  The CUP is intended for use by tourists and was introduced by the Cuban government in 1994 and pegged at par against the USA dollar, which then was also recognized for use in Cuba.  In 2004, in retaliation against the sanctions imposed by the USA, Cuba withdrew the USA dollar from circulation, leaving the CUC as the principal currency for non-Cubans.  The approximate exchange rate between the CUP and CUC is 24:1, where one CUC peso is equivalent to about 24 CUP pesos.

For visitors from the USA, there are some key considerations when exchanging currency or making purchases in Cuba:

1.  Credit cards (e.g. Visa and MasterCard) issued by USA financial institutions, including American Express, are not accepted in Cuba, as part of the embargo.  This means that purchases need to be made in cash, via CUCs;
2.  A 10% tax is imposed when converting USA dollars to Cuban CUCs.  This tax was introduced by Cuba in 2004 as punitive action against the USA in response to the embargo.  As a result, converting USA dollars to Cuban CUCs is an expensive proposition.

Many visitors from the USA bring Canadian dollars or Euros with them to Cuba, instead of USA dollars, in order to avoid the 10% tax levied against the USA dollar.

Here are examples of the cost of typical items in Havana during my visit (in US$ equivalent):

*  Taxi ride from Havana International Airport to Central Havana (about 30 minutes): $25.00
*  Vodka Martini  at Lobby Bar at Parque Central Hotel: $9.00
*  Grilled Cheese Sandwich at local Cafe: $4.00
*  Half-Day City Bus Tour with English-speaking Guide: $29.00
*  Dinner for two at popular local restaurant, with drinks: $65.00

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Today’s Quote

“Men are like the stars; some generate their own light while others reflect the brilliance they receive.”

  — Jose Marti, Poet, Writer, Professor and Cuban National Hero (1853-1895)

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Havana Dachshunds

While in Havana, I was pleasantly surprised by the number of dachshunds I saw throughout the city.  Of the many dogs spotted in Havana , a significant majority (perhaps three-fourths) were dachshunds.  Does this mean that the mighty dachshund is the unofficial “Dog of Havana?”  All of the dachshunds seemed well-fed and healthy.

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Above:  A miniature dachshund who served as the official “mascot” of an art gallery located along the Malecon in Havana, Cuba.  Below:  Another miniature dachshund who was greeting visitors along the oceanfront walkway in the coastal fishing town of Cojimar, on the outskirts of Havana, Cuba.

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Above:  A street entertainer in Havana, Cuba, shown with his colorfully-costumed miniature dachshunds perched atop a bicycle, offered photo-taking opportunities for visitors for a small donation.  Below:  A group of young children were thoroughly entertained by the two costumed dachshunds.

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Cars of Havana

One of the most charming and fascinating sights in Havana is the remarkably large, roaming assortment of vintage American automobiles, which are seen in every imaginable state of repair and restoration.  Some of the more meticulously-maintained vehicles are being operated as taxis, much to the delight of tourists who are able to extend their Havana “flashback” experience by touring the city in a vintage 1950’s automobile.

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Where are the Feet?

Where are the feet?

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The feet are resting on the expansive and well-manicured lawn fronting the porte-cochere of the legendary Hotel Nacional de Cuba, located in Havana, Cuba.  Opened in 1930 after two years of construction, the Hotel Nacional de Cuba has 457 guest rooms and features a distinctive blend of architectural styles, including Moorish-Spanish, Art Deco, neoclassic and neocolonial.  The hotel occupies a large, impressive site atop Taganana Hill, providing stunning views of the Malecon and the blue waters beyond.

Among the many international celebrities that have stayed at the Hotel Nacional de Cuba are Frank Sinatra, Ava Gardner, Mickey Mantle, Johnny Weismuller, Buster Keaton, Errol Flynn, John Wayne, Marlene Dietrich, Gary Cooper, Marlon Brando, Ernest Hemingway, Winston Churchill, and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor .

The hotel’s dramatic and grand spaces  has served as the backdrop for numerous movies, including Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Godfather, Part II.”

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Above:  The feet are pausing to admire the marble plaque bearing the hotel’s name at the front entrance.  Below:  A view of the long and spacious main lobby, with faux wood-beamed ceilings and large chandeliers.

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Above:  A view of a portion of the exterior of the Hotel Nacional de Cuba showing the beautiful blend of architectural styles along the arched walkways and the facade of the building.  Below:  A view of the main swimming pool with views extending across the Malecon.

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Above:  A view of the famous Galeria Bar that extends the full length of the interior court of the hotel, where patrons can enjoy a cocktail and admire the beautiful, landscaped grounds while being serenaded by wandering musicians.  Below: A view of the  Hotel Nacional de Cuba, as seen from the Malecon along the seawall.

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The learn more about the history of the Hotel Nacional de Cuba or to reserve a room, go to their official website by clicking here.

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Photos taken: 7/28/09

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Today’s Quote

“Better to die standing, than to live on your knees.”

    — Ernesto “Che” Guevara (1928-1967)

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Where are the Feet?

Where are the feet today?

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The feet are pausing to admire the beautiful sights along Paseo de Marti in Havana, Cuba, commonly known as The Prado, a 3/4-mile promenade orignally laid out in 1772, in the style of grand European boulevards.  A tree-lined pedestrian walkway separates the traffic along each side of the Paseo de Marti.  The shady boulevard, which is lined with ornate marble benches and lampposts, is the principal pedestrian walkway in Havana that provides an ideal setting for entertainment and for artists to sell their handmade crafts and paintings.

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Above:  A view of the wide, tiled pedestrian walkway that extends the full length of the Paseo de Marti.  Below:  A group of student musicians performs along the Paseo de Marti for passersby.

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Parque Central Hotel

While staying in Havana, Cuba, we were guests at the Parque Central Hotel, a 277-room, 5-star hotel, located in downtown Havana, near historic Parque Central and the El Prado (officially called Paseo de Martí), a European-style, tree-lined promenade.

Opened in 1999, the Parque Central Hotel incorporates some original structural elements from an historic building that occupied the property, including portions of the facade.  The hotel features two restaurants, a large lobby bar situated within a two-story atrium, a library/living room, gym, full-service spa, business center, currency exchange office, gift shop and an outdoor patio bar adjacent to the rooftop swimming pool and jacuzzi.

Amenities in the guest rooms include wi-fi, mini bar, balconies with french doors, separate bathtub and shower, terry-cloth bathrobes, and large in-room safe.

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Above:  Room 741 featured two queen-size beds, a small table with two chairs, desk and chair and TV console with mini bar and refrigerator.  Below:  The room also included a reasonably-sized working desk, along with wi-fi access.

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Above:  Partial view of the bathroom in Room 741 which featured a separate shower and bath tub.  Below:  A view of the interior courtyard of the Parque Central Hotel, as viewed from the 7th floor.

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Above and Below:  Two exterior views of the facade and front entrance to the Parque Central Hotel, located directly opposite Parque Central.

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Above:  A view of the reception and cashier’s desk in the Main Lobby of the Parque Central Hotel.  Below: A view of the tree-lined Paseo de Marti, a spectacular tree-lined pedestrian promenade that extends from Parque Central to the famous sea wall of the Malecon.

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Above:  a view of the all-day dining restaurant in the Lobby Level of the Parque Central Hotel, where we enjoyed a wonderful buffet breakfast each morning during our stay.  Below:  A typical initial serving from the breakfast buffet.  The assortment of food included made-to-order omelets, french toast, pastries, yogurt, fresh fruit, including mango and papaya, deli meats, assorted cheeses, breads, and fresh juices.

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To learn more about the Parque Central Hotel or to make room reservations, visit the official website of NH Hotels by clicking here.

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Photos taken: 7/15/09

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Williams vs. Stewart

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Today’s video is a funny and entertaining exchange between NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams and Jon Stewart, host of the The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, in the July 20, 2009 episode.  Brian Williams ostensibly was asked to appear on The Daily Show to share his remembrances of Walter Cronkite, the legendary CBS News anchor who passed away July 27, 2009 at the age of 92; instead, the conversation between Williams and Stewart turned into a lively and humorous exchange, including a mock arm wrestle. 

Brian Williams definitely demonstrated his quick wit and great sense of humor, no small feat when you’re matched against comic genius Jon Stewart.

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Video Credit: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

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Havana or Bust

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After spending a couple of days in sunny Cancun, it’s time to head to Havana for an authentic Cuban adventure!  The adventure gets underway with a 1-hour, 10 minute flight from Cancun International Airport to Havana International Airport via Mexicana Airlines.  Although Havana is only 320 miles away from Cancun, and just 230 miles from Miami, it seems like a world away.

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Above and Below:  The 1-hour, 10-minute flight to Havana was via Mexicana Airlines Flight 327 from Cancun.

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Above:  An aerial view of Cuba, taken about 10 minutes prior to arrival in Havana aboard Mexicana Airlines.  Below:  A view of the main terminal building at the Havana International Airport,

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There Goes the Sun

This century’s longest solar eclipse– lasting 6 minutes and 39 seconds– occurred today, July 22, 2009,  across Asia, moving north and east from India to Nepal, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Bhutan and China.  It is the longest such eclipse since July 11, 1991, when a total eclipse lasting 6 minutes, 53 seconds was visible from Hawaii to South America.  There will not be a longer eclipse than Wednesday’s until 2132.

Millions of people across the region were eagerly anticipating the event and planned to watch it or were superstitious and planning to avoid being outdoors at the time.  Regardless of one’s beliefs about the eclipse, it is surely an amazing sight.

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Above:  A view of the eclipse as seen in China.  Photo credit: The New York Times.

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Above:  Children viewing the solar eclipse in South Korea.  Below: Viewers of the eclipse in Ahmadabad, India.  Photo Credits: The Los Angeles Times.

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Graphic Credit: The Los Angeles Times

Here’s a two-minute video from The Wall Street Journal showing reactions to the solar eclipse.

Video Credit: The Wall Street Journal

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Where is that Drink?

Where is that drink?

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This classic Cosmopolitan was served in a well-sized and sturdy cocktail glass at the Hard Rock Cafe in Cancun, Mexico.  Opened in 1987, this outlet, located along the beach in the popular bar/disco area of Cancun, is one of more than 130 locations worldwide.  The Cafe features all-day dining in a large, circular indoor room, as well as outdoor dining on a spacious deck overlooking the ocean.

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Above and two photos Below:  View of the Hard Rock Cafe Cancun, located in the Punta Cancun area, which is known for its many restaurants and night spots which are popular with tourists.

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To read more about the Hard Rock Cancun, visit the official Hard Rock website by clicking here

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Man on the Moon

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At 10:56 p.m. EDT, on July 20, 1969– forty years ago today– American astronaut Neil Armstrong stepped off the lunar landing module Eagle to become the first human to walk on the surface of the moon.  His remark, ” “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” is transmitted 240,000 miles to Earth to a worldwide audience estimated at one billion people.  This event marks one of the most stunning accomplishments in the history of mankind.

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Where is that Drink?

Where is that drink?

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This tasty, but garnish-free Bloody Mary, was served at the open-air The Grill, located at the Hyatt Regency Cancun in Cancun, Mexico.  The Grill serves light fare– meals, snacks and appetizers– for lunch and dinner, daily.  Popular dishes include pizza from the open oven.

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Above:  A view of the main section of the open-air dining room at The Grill, showing the communal table near the open pizza oven.  Below:  A view of the waterfall that connects the dual-level swimming pool at the Hyatt Regency Cancun.  The large swimming pool on the lower level also features a swim-up bar with partially-submerged stools– a must for any resort swimming pool!

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Photos taken: 7/15/09

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Farewell, Walter Cronkite

“And that’s the way it is.”

   — Walter Cronkite (1916-2009)

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Walter Cronkite, the legendary journalist who served as anchorman of the CBS Evening News for 19 years (1962-1981) and was often cited in opinion polls as “the most trusted man in America,” died today at the age of 92.

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Hyatt Regency Cancun

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While staying in sunny and hot (88-degrees and humid) Cancun, Mexico, we are  guests at the Hyatt Regency Cancun,a 295-room resort located directly on the white sand beach of Punta Cancun, with spectacular views of the Caribbean.  The hotel’s interiors and public spaces were recently re-designed and furnished with the “new Hyatt” look– a contemporary, international style that features simple, clean lines, dark chocolate-colored woods, and modern furnishings with a slight retro twist.  Most of the guest rooms offer stunning views of the ocean and the shoreline along the long stretch of Boulevard Kulkukan.

The rooms are nicely equipped with a functional work desk, wi-fi access (throughout the property), coffee/tea makers, full-stocked mini bar, plush terry robes, clock/radio with iPod connector, and comfortable reading chair with ottoman.

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Above:  Comfortable, modern and contemporary furnishings in Room 1110 of the Hyatt Regency Cancun.  Below: The recently refurbished bathroom include marble countertops and a rain shower.

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Above and Below:  Two views of the magnificent azure-colored waters from the balcony of Room 1110.

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Above and Below:  Views of the lobby below and the glass above the large circular interior courtyard of the Hyatt Regency Cancun.

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To learn more about the Hyatt Regency Cancun or to book a reservation, go to the official hotel website by clicking here.

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On to Cancun

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Cancun or Bust!  Tonight I leave for my first adventure in Cancun, Mexico (and beyond).  The eight-day trip begins with a 4-1/2 hour flight from San Francisco to Atlanta, via Delta Airlines Flight 1074, connecting to Delta Airlines Flight 529 for the 2-3/4 hour flight from Atlanta to Cancun.  The purpose of this trip is to (a) experience the wonders of the Mexican Riviera and the blue waters of the Caribbean, (b) take advantage of dramatically lower fares and rates following the drop-off in visitor traffic to Mexico resulting from the recent H1N1 scare, and (c) apply the unused fare from a canceled trip in April on Delta Airlines to Buenos Aires and Lima before its expiration later this month. 

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So, it’s onward to Cancun!   Please check back for regular posts on the Adventure in Cancun!

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To get ideas and travel tips to help you plan your next visit to Mexico, go to the official Mexico Tourism Board website by clicking here.

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Today’s Quote

“Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.”

   — John Quincy Adams (1767-1848)

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T+L World’s Best 2009

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In its current edition, Travel+Leisure Magazine announced its annual World’s Best Awards for 2009, which included the Top 10 Cities Overall and Top 10 International Airlines, in addition to other categories.  San Francisco was named the No. 10 City for the second consecutive year and is one of only two USA cities (along with New York City, ranked No. 8) to be included in the Top 10.

Did your favorite city miss the list?

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Other categories include Top 10 Domestic Airlines, Top Cruise Lines, Top 10 Islands and Top 10 Car Rental Agencies.  To read more about the annual Word’s Best List, go to the official Travel+Leisure website by clicking here.

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Today’s Quote

“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.”

  – Jawaharlal Nehru (1889-1964)

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Today’s Quote

“Adventure is a path.  Real adventure– self determined, self-motivated, often risky- forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world.  The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it.  Your body will collide with the earth and you will bear witness.  In this way you will be compelled to grapple with the limitless kindness and bottomless cruelty of humankind– and perhaps realize that you yourself are capable of both.  This will change you.  Nothing will ever again be black-and-white.”

   — Mark Jenkins

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