Georgetown

We had a two day trip to the Cayman Islands, a bit bumpy with a tropical wave off Mexico causing a brisk easterly.

Once we reported in we were told to go to Georgetown to clear in.

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There were two cruise ships in but it was soon done. After that we went round to North Sound, entered the reef and then followed the channel to the marina.

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We returned to Georgetown later, walked most of the way from the marina. It was nice but a typical cruise liner port, loads of jewellery, cigars and liquor shops. Had a nice lunch over looking the harbour.

Departing Cuba

Our departure was delayed a couple of days as ‘Colin’, a tropical depression was causing a bit of bad weather. For us it caused very heavy rain which pinned us on the boat. Eventually it cleared and we went round to the officials berth and cleared out. We all enjoyed our time in Cuba, the people were helpful & friendly, the officials polite & efficient.

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Market

We found this square and had lunch, Cuban Sandwich and a beer.

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Then had a walk round the flea market. It was mostly the same sort of things you would see at a flea market in the UK. Toys, household goods, widgets, costume jewellery and old LPs.

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Lots of old cameras.

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Plus books and posters. It was the only place we saw revolutionary posters.

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Havana Buildings

The taxi dropped us off at the edge of the old Spanish quarter. It was Saturday and the town was very busy with both tourists and the locals.

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The cathedral, built in 1776. There were very strict on dress standards and had a guard who would hand out large green sheets to cover up with.

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Something newer.

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Havana

We caught a taxi into Havana driving through the embassy zone on the way. The minimum speed was 80 km/hr through the zone. This made taking photos a bit more challenging.

The Russian Embassy:

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There were plenty of statues from the Spanish period.

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Havana’s importance to the Spanish was clearly demonstrated by all the forts

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The Old Man and His Boat, Havana Harbour in the background.

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Cars in Cuba

The cars were a good mix with quite a few modern ones, a lot of Lada models and the old pre-revolution cars. Here is a selection of photos for your enjoyment:

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The dark blue one had a Toyota sign on the boot?

Not sure what this is:

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or this:

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at the marina:

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And to finish an old Austin, never knew they made left hand drive models

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Cuba

We left Key West at 0300 as the next port was a good 12 hours away and we wanted to arrive in daylight. Private vessels are not allowed in Havana so we headed for Marina Hemingway a little to the west of Havana.

Through the entrance and passing the maritime police office. The locals happy to see us.

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Looking down the channel. We tied up to the customs berth, formalities were quickly done and the officials were friendly, courteous and efficient. Not long after we headed to our berth.

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Colourful

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The marina was built pre-revolution. While we were there a tremendous amount of work was being done for a game fishing competition with 140 odd boats expected. There is three canals like this one. A supermarket, a couple of restaurants, cigar and liquor shop and a ship supply grocer. Local beer and liquor was very cheap.

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Electrical supply was good but we had to go to a local hotel to get wifi. The marina has the hardware but no connection. The staff were very helpful.

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