Old cars and old buildings in the centre of Havana.
When I thought about my impending visit to Havana, what came to mind wasn’t architecture; it was the music of the Buena Vista Social Club. It was aromatic cigars. It was decades old cars. It was the vibrant Cuban culture. It was even, perhaps, its beleaguered history. And I wasn’t disappointed. They were all there – the rhythms of the bands, the aroma of cigars and the wonderful vitality of the people.
But I was surprised to find that Havana is filled with incredible architectural gems. In an amazing hotchpotch of styles and periods, the 500-year history of this incredible city can be traced through its buildings. Spectacular Baroque structures may be over-towered by modern skyscrapers. Neo-classical arches and extraordinary architectural detailing sit alongside the graceful tracery of colonial Spanish wrought iron verandas. Continue reading →
If there’s one thing those of us who live in the Northern Hemisphere understand very well, it’s the need for a winter break. When the snow flies and the days remain dull, many of us get SAD (seasonal affective disorder) and even those who don’t, long for blue sky and hot sun, even for a few days. There’s a solution and it can come with a little splash of fantasy for good measure.
In The Bahamas, the sun is shining, the water is welcoming and the pina coladas beckon. Continue reading →