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WW: Obispo Havana Cuba - Havana Revisited

Obispo, Havana, Cuba

Hi, everyone.

Welcome back! I trust you all are well and sound amidst the unnerving circumstance we all have. Positive vibes will definitely help.

So, let me take you virtually to Havana, Cuba again. This time, we are heading to Obispo, one of the areas in the middle of Havana boasting with elegant shops, cafes and some tourist attractions. Many said that this place is very touristy and way more expensive for day to day activities. I just enjoy strolling around the area and stopped by here and there to see more interesting places along the street. 

Obispo, Havana, Cuba

The walk started at El Floridita, the famous restaurant where Daiquiri was invented! EL FLORIDITA, La cuna del daiquiri! No wonder many famous people love spending some times here. I will surely share that on a different post, as we had lovely lunch here and I had so much to share!

As we walked around, we saw beautiful, elegant alleys lines with small but cute buildings and shops, mostly with pretty iron-wrenched balconies, unique door, and bright painted window sills and panes.

don't you just love it!

Obispo, Havana, Cuba
I love the cute ceramics and tiles they have here

Obispo, Havana, Cuba
I love the colors and the details

Obispo, Havana, Cuba

We passed some book stores, more cafes and soda shops (I like that), mores shops and drugstores as well. 

Obispo, Havana, Cuba

Obispo, Havana, Cuba
This soda shop is really popping

Obispo, Havana, Cuba

Obispo, Havana, Cuba

As we were looking for local souvenirs as well, our local tour guide took us to Artesania Cubana, patio de las artenos. I am so in love with those cute souvenirs you can bring home.

Obispo, Havana, Cuba
We visited the patio de los artesanos to get some souvenirs

Obispo, Havana, Cuba
all these cute fridge magnets!

Obispo, Havana, Cuba
all these colorful mementos!

Obispo, Havana, Cuba
Some that I brought home

Obispo, Havana, Cuba

I came across on lovely bookstore with many interesting English books, like you can see in this photo. 

Obispo, Havana, Cuba

Oh, I also stopped by at this traditional and famous drogueria or drugstore, Drogueria Johnson, which happens to be the Museo de Farmacia. 

Drogueria Johnson, Obispo, Havana, Cuba

Obispo, Havana, Cuba

Obispo, Havana, Cuba

And finally, we stopped by at the local boutique to buy Guayabera, the traditional top for latinos, including in Cuba, I bought the white one made of cotton, for my hubby. 

Obispo, Havana, Cuba
Guayabera, the traditional top for Cuban man. I got one for my hubby :)

So, do you enjoy it so far? What do you like the most about this area? Do you think you will stroll around here as well?

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WW: Hotel Nacional de Cuba - Havana Revisited

Welcome to Havana, Cuba

Hi everyone.

Hope everyone is well and remains calm, cool and collected during this pandemic. Things are a bit out of control again these days and we do have to remain positive!

One way to keep me happy is by looking at my traveling journal and photo as well as video collections. I fully realize that I haven't really shared many of them in my blog. I stumbled upon my files from my trip to Havana, Cuba, in summer 2018. 

Boy, how I miss traveling and how much I haven' t shared about Havana in my 4-day trip. It was done on my last days in the US, before heading back home to Indonesia in August 2018. Together with my dearest sista in NYC, Erma, I took the liberty to explore Havana. Well, 4 days is obviously not enough but we tried to enjoy what we can. 

Hotel Nacional de Cuba, Havana
One beautiful corner at Hotel Nacional de Cuba, Havana

So, on the first day, we arrived already midday. We went directly to the hotel, NH Capri. After getting out of the airport and change the local currency as they have a separate monetary unit for international tourists, we headed to the hotel and after checked in and rest for a while, we walked around the area and went to Hotel Nacional de Cuba.

Being around since 1930s, the hotel is indeed an icon for Cuban splendid and colorful history. Its elegance is outstanding, you can easily spot it from afar, even from the famous highway El Moleçon. It has been graced by famous names and big personalities from all over the place, including Prime Minister Winston Churchil, Frank Sinatra, Ava Gradner, and more. 

Hotel Nacional de Cuba, Havana
Overlooking the backyard of Hotel Nacional de Cuba, Havana

Here are some more photos you can enjoy. 

These ones were taken  around Hotel Nacional de Cuba, one of the beautiful and historical landmarks in Havana, Cuba.

After strolling around the area, we sat down at the bar and chilled. I guess the one that visited was View Bar or the Hall of Fame. The place is cozy and surely filled with many memorabilia from the past.

Hotel Nacional de Cuba, Havana

I am writing more piece about my trip there as well. It was indeed a memorable trip for me and Erma. Hope more stories will be ready soon.

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WW: Strolling around Havana, Cuba

welcome to Havana, Cuba

Here comes another #throwback edition  of my trip to Havana, Cuba, back in 2018.
I have shared some stories here but obviously not all and let's have a little virtual visit through my photos and videos here.

let's take a ride..

I have to say my trip to Havana, Cuba, is unforgettable.

Not only that I came here with my little sister in crime, Erma, but Havana itself is an amazing city. Every part and every corner of this city is telling you stories. Colorful stories.
I love it!

the vintage drug store

part of the history

The Holy Koran that I saw in one of the mosque in Havana, Cuba

I love pink too!

my dearest Erma

want some?

I have to say my adventure in Cuba is way too short!
I will be more than happy to go back there.
Check out more stories abut : 5 Great Things To Do in Havana, Cuba
You can have more insights from my videos on Cuba as well

Or if you want to go to the beach in Havana, Cuba, you can also enjoy that in my video here

Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead and stay healthy, happy and safe!
Don't forget to stay at home, only go out for urgent matters, and implement social and physical distancing

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5 Great Things to Do in Havana, Cuba

Havana Cuba
Welcome to Havana, Cuba
"Havana ooh na- na...
Half of my heart is in Havana ooh na-na...
He took me back to East Atlanta, na-na-na
Oh, but my heart is in Havana (ay)
There's somethin' 'bout his manners (uh huh)
Havana, ooh na-na (uh)"

Sing with me, dear friends.
I bet you are quite familiar with this famous single of Camila Cabello, Havana.

So, what do you have in mind when you heard the word Havana?
The famous cigar?
Fidel Castro?
Classic cars?
Ernest Hemingway?
Beautiful beaches and lovely sea lanes?
Salsa all night long?
Or all of them?

happy me at Cuba :)
Well, for me, it's all of them.
I have been wanting to come and visit Cuba since ages ago, especially since some of my 
best friends at the UN are Cubans. Surely they have been inviting me to come and visit their beautiful home and before I went back to Indonesia, I managed to sneak and fly to Havana, Cuba, with my dearest sister-in-crime, Erma.

Feel like riding it? Why not!

Akhirnya sampai juga #myitchyfeet ke kota Havana, Kuba.
Bahagianyaaaaa tingkat dewa!
Dan mohon maaf karena postingan ini jadi #latepost.
Meskipun jalan-jalan dan mampir ke Negeri keren ini bulan Juli 2018, aku baru semita menuliskannya sekarang.
Aku benar-benar nagga sabar karena Havana, Kuba benar-benar kota yang Sudan lama masuk dalam bucket list aku.
Dan ternyata Kuba benar-bener cantik dan unik deh!

Don't miss Havana Cuba when you are around!

Kuba memang sudah lama nangkring di puncak teratas bucket list aku sejak pindah ke New York City. Buatku, Kuba adalah negara unik yang rasanya sayang untuk dilewatkan, apalagi karena jaraknya yang relative dekat dari NYC and sejarah serta kota Havana yang menawan. Waktu aku menawarkan Erma, saudara sepermainan dan seperjuangan di the Big Apple, untuk ikutan cuti dan liburan bareng ke Havana, Kuba, tanpa pikir panjang dia pun setuju! 

Pucuk dicinta ulam pun tiba namanya. Untungnya, cuti kami berdua pun langsung disetujui dan dapat tiket pesawat yang murah meriah, less than USD 500 untuk tiket pulang pergi dengan . Alhamdulillah bangeeet! 

Super happy me after swimming at Santa Maria Del Mar

So here comes a little throwback from July, last summer.
We decided to have a 4 days, 3 nights trip to Havana, Cuba. Since we're using diplomatic passport, Cuban visa was easily and speedily approved in Cuban Embassy in Washington D.C. 
We were super excited and booked JetBlue to have a direct flight there.
As you now, Cuba is still blocked by the US own certain issues as their political relationship is 
It took around 6 hours to fly from JFK to the International Airport. 
By the time we arrived, we directly lined up to get some local currencies and head to our lovely hotel, N.H. Capri at Vedado, a region near city center of Havana, Cuba.

We went there for 4 days and 3 nights.
And for sure, it's enough for us to have a nice and memorable visit to Havana, Cuba
So, what can we do while in Havana, Cuba?

How many days is perfect for exploring and enjoying Havana, Cuba? 
Btw, check out my teaser video for our trip to Cuba at my Youtube Chanel at Indah Nuria Savitri and see how lovely the trip was :)

Without further ado, here are 5 Cool Things to do in Havana, Cuba, for you.

Explore the Old Havana

During our first night in Havana, we went to the Old Town, Old Havana, or famously known as La Havana Vieja

Here you can see the grandeur of Cuba in the past. Majestic buildings with stunning architectures, big and historical squares, as well as vibrant day and night lives dominate this tourist center area. We went to one of the cafes and danced all night long, joining the old and young doing salsa to their heart content!

The Grand Opera at the old city of Havana

We hired local tourist guide that we got from Air B&B website. 
Ismeth, our tour guide, took us around the Old Havana during the day and we really loved it!  So many beautiful buildings there like the Grand Opera, National Capitol and wonderful street like Paseo del Prado. Old and elegant, yet, unfortunately, not maintained properly. Well, it's understandable as Cuba has been blocked for too long up until now.

Visit Hotel Nacional de Cuba

At Hotel Nacional de Cuba
Hotel Nacional de Cuba is a must! 
We are lucky that our hotel is not too far from this historical spot.
The Hotel is located only 5 minutes walk from our own hotel, NH Capri Havana.

Waiting for my mojito

We had great drinks (mine is virgin mojito) and I really had great times looking at all those photos of celebrities, presidents and world leaders coming to this very spot. 
The garden behind the hotel is also lovely, with stunning view of le Malecon!
The garden also housed several peacocks which are very interesting to see.
Inside, they have souvenir shop as well.
I got my post cards and stamps from here, then posted them as well here as they have the post box.
So for sure, you should not miss this!

Ride the classic car

Oh don't you miss it, dear.
Cuba is haven for antique cars lovers.
And that's the first thing we have in our bucket list while traveling to Cuba.
Oh my, it's wonderful and it feels good.
We strolled around the city riding this classic hot pink car and I felt super awesome.
We paid around USD 50 for around 2 hours ride and photo session.


Swim and stroll along Santa Maria Del Mar Beach

Visiting Havana, Cuba and enjoying the beach? Why not?
And Santa Maria Del Mar Beach is one of the best options here in Cuba.
It took us around 45 minutes from Havana and we rent a taxi for our hotel to go here.
We brought some snacks and water and arriving there, we just strolled around the beach, had a little dip, and drank fresh coconut!
I have spent some times here to have a little deep in the fresh ocean.

Cheers from Santa Maria Del Mar
We came here in the morning so it was not that packed with people yet.
And the most important thing is it was not that hot yet.

Learn Salsa!

Cuba is the beautiful home of Salsa, so make your trip more memorable and amazing by learning salsa dance right with the master. Make sure you don't miss this chance because there are so many salsa short course being offered on the net. 

Erma and I found our salsa master, as well as our tour guide from Air B&B website for Havana. 

Check out my video of us enjoying our private Salsa dance lesson in Havana.
You can definitely see how fun the private class of Salsa in Havana, Cuba!
I feel like dancing all night long!

Enjoy the cuisine, cigar, and more

Now, this is what you can enjoy in Cuba.
I don't smoke cigar but we bought a lot for our bosses and colleagues. And for sure they all love it! Cuban cigar is top notch indeed. 

We also tried the food at the famous Floridita restaurant, the home of Daiquiri! 
I tried the famous menu of Ernest Hemingway, Gran Plato Hemingway and I know why Hemingway loved this menu.

We went to Museo Revolucion or Museum of the Revolution and learnt a lot about the history of the Cuban peoples' struggle, including the Three Musketeers,- Ernesto (Che) Guevara, Camilo Cienfuegos, and Fidel Castro.

The three musketeers at Museo Revolucion

So many other places we tried and it was also beautiful! 
I guess 4 days in Havana, Cuba is far from enough.

Cheers from Cuba

So, that's 5 great things to do in Havana, Cuba
How do you like Havana, Cuba?
Do you think you will put Cuba on your bucket list?
What you will first visit in Havana, Cuba?