Trip to Cuba: Lodging – Days 4 and 5

When I left the story of the details of Cuban lodging Charlie and I were on our way back to Havana from Viñales in a taxi collectivo.

We rode in the front of this 1952 4-door Ford station wagon.

We road for 111 miles in a red 4-door station wagon with 5 other people. Our luggage was packed onto the roof rack.

Calle Crespo near the Malecón in Havana.

We were dropped off around 4 p.m. at the door of our new casa particulare, La California, on Crespo near the eastern end of the Malecón in old Havana. We rang the bell and were shown to our room.

A double staircase took us to the second floor Colonial room in La California at 55 Crespo.

We climbed a long staircase to the second floor.

The room was large and cool with a television and period furniture.

Our room was the largest we had since we arrived in Cuba.

The entrance to the bathroom. The toilet and shower are to the right of the sink.

The en suite bathroom was was also the most modern and largest one we had while in Cuba.

La Prada, a main avenue through old Havana, where government buildings are prominent.

We were within walking distance of the capitol building and the old part of the city.

The breakfast at La California was abundant and leisurely.

The next morning for 5CUC ($5) each were were served an enormous breakfast in the downstairs dining room.

Much of the artwork in our room and throughout building was very strange and disturbing.

I had arranged for our living accommodations through AirBnB months before.  We stayed for 2 nights at the rate of $33 per night.

Our taxi was an authentic VW bus.

As before our hostess and waitress arranged for a taxi to take us back to Jose Marti Airport to catch our flight back to the U.S.

We toured Havana by taxi. Our driver was proud to show us his city.

We had a great week in Havana.

Where’s your next trip?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

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