Intrigue and suspense are what get a mystery writer’s brain humming. Authenticity can be more elusive. Author Vinnie Hansen shares her experience on traveling to Cuba and some of the ways in which the setting inspired her novel.
The Cuban government bans the sale and export of antiques. Hence, there are no stores selling antiques to tourists. Fortunately, there are an abundance of galleries and markets that feature handmade items and artworks, from souvenir-style trinkets and kitsch to collectable pieces.
Most of us at Moon have an ever-growing list of places we want to visit, a common side effect of working on travel books. This list reflects a few of the destinations that inspired our wanderlust in the last year. There are trip-of-a-lifetime–type destinations, and there are smaller destinations, but all of them triggered that classic reverie, imagining what it would be like to be there, feeling that pull.
Whether you’re looking for ambiance, to mingle with the locals, or just a stiff drink, Habana Vieja is the place to go. From chic and trendy lounges to waterfront saloons and hole-in-the-wall bars, here’s where to go to wet your whistle in Habana Vieja.
Havana is blessed with accommodations of every stripe. The most enjoyable are arguably private room rentals (casas particulares) of a single room in restored buildings full of ambiance or an entire suite of rooms offering an intimate, unique experience. Of the many available, here are Havana’s best.
Spectacular, gaudy, decadent, or a combination of all three, Havana’s cabarets espectáculos definitely deliver. From the incredible and infamous two-hour show at the Las Vegas style Tropicana nightclub to small campy shows followed by steamy disco, here’s where to go to experience it all.
The Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco de Asís, began in 1719, has been church, concert hall, and museum in its long life. Learn about its construction, how it’s used today, and the likeable tramp, El Caballero de París (Gentleman of Paris), who is immortalized here.
Cuba boasts the New World’s finest assemblage of colonial buildings. Spanning four centuries, these palaces, mansions, churches, castles, and more simple structures catalog a progression of styles. Learn how to identify the earmarks of each style in your travels throughout Cuba.