|This is 1 of 11 Roman Catholic cathedral's in Cuba|
|Casa de Lombillo on the east side of the plaza|
|Archway in the plaza|
|Door of the cathedral|
Next we walked down one of Havana's narrow streets toward Hemingway's favorite place for mojito's.
|The famous La Bodeguita Del Medio!|
|I eased my way through the crowd to get inside for one of the famous mojito's!|
|Making non-stop mojito's|
|Had to do it!|
|I Googled this poet but can only find other tourist images of him - no info|
Next we walked through more of Havana's bustling streets to get to El Floridita to finally have one of Hemingway's favorite daiquiris! The day was glorious. The colorful, crumbling buildings were simply extraordinary. And the people watching was spot on!
|This little baby was missing an eye :0(|
|How much is that kitty in the window?|
When Erick saw a man frying bananas he said we must have some! We watched as he put a fresh batch in. He flirted with me as they fried and blew me a kiss. Too cute!
Down the way I could see a boy on a stable bike and I wondered what he was up to. Very ingenious way to sharpen knives!
We continued on our way...
We finally arrived at El Floridita! Of course it was busy, but we were able to order the famous daiquiris and find a seat at the bar in the nice air conditioning!
|This really was the best daiquiri I had in Cuba!|
|Bronze statue of Hemingway, with his reading glasses on a book on the bar (I covered up someone's face)|
Next we walked up to the Malecon, seeing more of Havana along the way.
|These trucks are used as buses. We saw some of them packed full of people.|
|Cool piece of art|
|Across the street from the Malecon|
|We took our shoes off and let our feet blow in the sea wind|
From here we got into a vintage car and headed to the Hotel Nacional de Cuba.
|Pulling up to the Hotel Nacional|
|Walking out to the grounds - Malecon is across the street|
|Cocktails outside - glorious afternoon|
|Back inside we were searching for the cigar room|
|Found it! Kenisha...this is where we bought your Monte Cristo's!|
From here we took a beautiful vintage car back to Erick's house!
|Top down, beautiful day, being driven along the Malecon in Cuba!|
|I finally got him to smile for a photo!!! Well, okay, Sol and Sochy got him to smile!|
|Luna stretching in the sun|
|Inside el solar - which we never would have seen without Erick|
|The different living spaces inside|
|Crumbling roof and spiral staircase|
|And then Erick found this teeny tiny baby kitty!!|
|We were told Husky's are a hot commodity right now in Cuba. This guy was selling out of his backpack.|
|We scored those 2 seats at the bar|
|Roberto at work!|
|I mean...how beautiful?!|
|And it tasted as good as it looks!|
Okay, this post is ending soon, I promise! The night ended with reservations at Otramanera. Yoandy was kind enough to take us to dinner and arranged to pick us up a few hours later. I picked this restaurant because the owner was the sommelier at the world famous (now closed) elBulli! So you know I had to take food porn!
|Front gate - you had to ring the bell to be let inside|
|We dined al fresco|
|The lovely dining room|
|Cute sign! The wash area was only separated by a shared mirror so men and women could see one another|
|Red snapper ceviche with fried banana chips|
|I had the vacuum-sealed lobster with potato puree and truffle oil|
|Eric had the pork belly with tarro puree|
And then I got to meet Alvaro Diez Hernandez! He told us that his wife is Cuban and once el Bulli closed that they decided to try the "food thing" in Havana. We talked a bit about wine. He said his favorite California wine is currently Wente. I told him it was an amazing meal and then we moved onto dessert!
|Rice pudding for dessert|
As we left this wonderful dinner, we saw a place next door that piqued our interest. Unfortunately they were closed, but I'll leave you with the name of the establishment:
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones that you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." ~ Mark Twain