Now where was I? Oh I remember. Rose and I had just caught a taxi (cab for non UK readers) at Havana’s José Martí International Airport and after skilfully avoiding being CUC’d by our taxi driver were headed to our hotel.
The journey took around 25 minutes but the time just whizzed by and it seemed like that in no time at all we were pulling in to the driveway of our hotel, Hotel Nacional de Cuba.
Even before we entered the hotel we were impressed. A long, tree lined, two – way driveway and at the end of it the very impressive facade of the hotel.
We paid the taxi driver and followed the bellboy up the steps in to the hotel to the Reception Desk.
Checking in was completed within minutes and we headed to the lifts (elevators for non UK readers) to go to or room on the 5th floor.
And then our room. Not the Caribbean Sea facing room I had hoped for (it overlooked the hotel driveway) but a nice room nonetheless. Sure it had seen better days but that’s a description that can be used for a lot of Cuba.
We unpacked, had a shower (each, obviously) and then took a tour of the hotel and its plush and lush grounds. Not though before we had made use of the vouchers given to us when checking in
Now I knew that the mojito is of Cuban origin but what I didn’t know was that it might have been invented by an Englishman and first found itself in a goblet in the 16th century when concocted by a colleague of Sir Francis Drake and was named El Draque in his honour (honor for non UK readers).
Anyway, back to the hotel.
It was built with American investment and opened its doors in 1930
the peacocks wandering around.
Or just take a walk
Or wander down and sit on the terrace that overlooks the Malećon.
To the side of the hotel and you find the swimming pool with its own snack bar.
The hotel is steeped in history and its little wonder that it was made a National Monument and its on the list of places to visit when in Cuba.
Well that’s brought today’s edition to a close and we haven’t even got out of the hotel yet! So, you’ll just have to wait for the next edition.
Today’s headline (which is virtually the same as for the previous edition) is based on the single by the Gibson Brothers initially released in 1978 which reached number 12 on the UK Singles Chart and number 81 on the US Billboard Hot 100 Chart.