• April 18, 2016 Touring Masonic Lodges around Bermuda

    We good night’s sleep and were up early. We got another book of bus tickets and headed to the state house to join the guided tour of the lodge buildings. We were there before the bus and got an interesting history from Martin Weeks. He showed us the bible with the signatures of almost every [… more]

  • April 17, 2016 The opening reception of the Peppercorn.

    Got up late and went to the grocery store for supplies. By the time we got back it was time for lunch and we made lunch here (Grilled Cheese from a lovely old English cheddar) and then went on the walk around the tip of St George’s island and back to St Georges from the [… more]

  • April 16, 2016 Bermuda end to end St. Georges to the Dockyard

    Up at a better time and got organized a little better. Breakfast, then off to Hamilton and almost had a problem with the bus route 7 and 8 are alternate barnes corner and dockyard our time was almost out on our transfer before the Route 7 to the dockyard got underway. Arrived at dockyard and [… more]

  • April 15, 2016 Getting Oriented in Bermuda

    We were late rising. We went to visitor center. I told them we were here for the peppercorn and one of the men working in the place “You came all this way to watch them pampas asses” (He was one of the pampas asses in the receiving line at the mayor’s tea party, as it [… more]

  • April 14, 2016 Arrival in Bermuda for the Peppercorn Ceremony

    We booked our tickets to fly in and out of Halifax. Flying out of Fredericton meant another overnight in and out of Toronto. We didn’t want to do that again but after the tickets were booked Westjet started an early flight out of Fredericton. Such is life We drove down to Halifax to visit with [… more]

  • February 29, 2016 a day to relax and get ready to go home.

    We were up slowly, watching the world from our balcony for a while. Today was a walking around Varadero day. A walk down the beach, a nice walk along the beach. find a restaurant that we wanted to try and just absorb the sunshine with a nice warm day before we headed back to our [… more]

  • Feb 28, Varadero for a few days

    Varadero yet again. We like Elisa and Pepe both the casa and the hosts as well as his Joan(their son) and his wife Aylin and their daughter Julien. Varadero is sprucing itself up. There didn’t seem to be as many tourists around Varadero this year but Pepe was saying it was a very busy year. [… more]

  • Feb 27, Across the country to Varadero

    I dread long trips on the Viazul buses. They are an excellent way of traveling. No rental car worries, they’re cheap, you can look around while someone else is doing the work of driving, and you are up high enough to see things. Viazul bus stations are God awful, the washrooms are gross beyond belief. [… more]

  • Feb 26 Our last day in Trinidad

    Today was our last day in Trinidad and we were not really anxious to see anything in particular, so it was more along the lines of strolling around and doing a bit of people watching. We walked around a lot and sat in the various parks. One thing that we appreciate when we are in [… more]

  • Feb 25, A walk up to the radio tower

    Something that we didn’t do last time was the trip up to the radio tower. It says it is a spectacular view and to do it early before it got too hot and to take water with you. Both good bits of advise. We found the church that they talked about as the starting point [… more]

  • Feb 24, Trinidad is a pottery place so we went searching

    Trinidad is known for it’s pottery. We toured the tourist pottery shop before and we were going to go find it again. It’s a good walk and a nice shop to visit. We bought a nice piece of pottery when we were here the last time. There is the tourist shop and the factories for [… more]

  • February 23, Trinidad and an AWESOME Masonic lodge

    We were out walking around and it was easy to tell that one of the wifi spots for Trinidad was in the square in front of the Grand Hotel. People were packed around the square with their smartphones out checking email and surfing the web. The church on the square was open so we went [… more]

  • Feb 22 A travel day Playa Giron to Trinidad

    After a our little time in Playa Giron it was off to Trinidad. One of the many things I do that is a little weird to some people is take pictures out the window of the bus. I’ll take a bunch and then see what I get. Sometimes I get good pictures but most of [… more]

  • Feb 21 A beach day, in Cuba, imagine that!

    (First of all my apologies for not continuing the updating of the log, I’ve been busy and did another trip to Bermuda. We just got back and I figured I should get the Cuba trip done before I added the Bermuda trip so here goes.) Playa Giron is mainly a divers paradise. There isn’t a [… more]

  • Feb 20, 2016 Playa Giron, and the European beach

    We took the bicycles offered by Wilfredo and headed back to the Museum to look at the outside exhibits and look around a bit. The exhibits were in good shape and the building was being actively worked on which was nice to see. Maybe the next time we go we’ll be able to get in [… more]

  • Feb 19, 2016 Off to Playa Giron

    We were up early to the Viazul bus station and off to Playa Giron. Playa Giron is a beach resort on the Bay of Pigs. We aren’t big beach people. Bonnie really tries to avoid sunburns at all cost and I’m not a great fan of sunburns either. We were hoping to go to the [… more]

  • Feb 18, 2016 The Cathedral, street art, street performances, and a visit to mecca.

    After reading the blog for Havana you will get the idea that all we did in Havana was walk the streets, visit churches, and eat. And that would sum it up rather well. Whenever we get a chance to get into a church we take it. We don’t really care what kinds of churches they [… more]

  • February 17, 2016 The National Theater, Hotels, COFFEE, and just walking around

    We walked around to the National Theater. On our way we stopped at the number two place on our list of restaurants. We looked at the menu and it had definitely had a “Trip Advisor recommended” bump in the prices. Prices were similar to what we have at home only in CUC which adds a [… more]

  • Feb 16, 2016 Statues, a new church, art galleries and street art

    When we were on the bus Bonnie noticed a piece of street art on the Malecon she hadn’t seen before so she wanted to go looking at it. It wasn’t far from our casa so we walked over and it was very impressive. One the way we noticed a couple of casas that will go [… more]

  • Feb 15, 2016, a roach, a bus tour, and a grave yard.

    We got up in the morning and had another visitor in the last of his death throws outside the door of the bathroom at our casa in the morning. The cockroach was mostly dead. We ignored it and walked around him and when they came to deliver breakfast, they disposed of the body. Construction noises [… more]