Helen Minsky leaves in the Daily Mail her account discovering the culture of Cuba

Posted: 13-Sep-18 08:37

Helen Minsky of the Daily Mail recently travelled to Cuba with her husband on a tour arranged through Captivating Cuba. The couple toured Havana, Trinidad, Cienfuegos, and Vinales, and visited many of the country’s most popular sites.

Helen Minsky leaves in the Daily Mail her account discovering the culture of Cuba

Helen Minsky of the Daily Mail recently spent 11 days touring Cuba with her husband. Minsky documented her trip for the newspaper.

The couple arrived in Cuba during the dry season, between November and April, on a tour arranged through Captivating Cuba.

Minsky was particularly drawn to the island’s art, especially in the capital city of Havana. The couple both began and ended their trip in Havana, with in-between stops in Trinidad and Cienfuegos as well as the lush countryside of Viñales. They also managed to work in a stay at a beach resort.

According to Minsky, the high point of their time in Havana was seeing "Giselle" performed by the Cuban Ballet Company at their art nouveau theatre in Old Havana. Minsky was surprised at the affordability of tickets compared to what would be paid in the UK and found the Gran Teatro spacious and comfortable.

In Havana, the couple stayed at the five-star Iberostar Parque Central, which features a rooftop bar and pool. In the evening, young Cuban musicians serenaded pool guests with salsa music.

Built in 1902, the Gran Teatro is one of the few buildings in Havana that has been restored to its original glory. The rest are still famously falling to pieces. Like many visitors to the island, Minsky and her husband toured Havana in a classic American car, beautifully restored.

The couple opted to skip Varadero Beach, a popular resort area, and instead booked a stay at the four-star Memories hotel at Jibacoa, a fishing village an hour east of Havana. It’s smaller than Varadero and less crowded with tourists. It’s also in a beautiful setting surrounded by tree-laden hills.

The writer had plenty of positive things to say about Cienfuegos and Trinidad. Trinidad’s Grand Hotel was particularly charming, and she was charmed by the city’s art galleries and markets. Neither Minsky nor her husband smoke, so they skipped touring a cigar factory, but visited with a farmer who made them coffee, having grown, roasted, and ground her own beans.

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