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10 things about Cuba

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, January 07, 2007 at 10:36:31 :: Cuba

Fidel Castro may pass away. Cuba will always be Cuba.

But do you really know this Carribean island and its leader?

Cayo Levisa beach, Cuba


10 things you may not have known about Cuba and Castro...
(source: this website)

1. Fidel Castro has reportedly survived over 600 assassination attempts.

2. Having been in power since 1959, Fidel Castro is the world's longest serving political leader.

3. The Cubans refer to their island as 'El Cocodrilo' - viewed from above Cuba is believed to resemble a crocodile.

Soleil couchant depuis la digue reliant l île à Cuba


4. Since 1959, Castro has refused to cash the cheques that America pays in rent for the base at Guantanamo Bay.

5. When Christopher Columbus first stumbled upon Cuba in 1492 he thought he had landed in China.

6. Despite being a world apart politically, Cuba is only 90 miles away from the US.

7. US law does not forbid US citizens to travel to Cuba - they're just not allowed to spend any money there! - effectively meaning a travel ban.

Cardenas street, Cuba


8. As well as producing some of the world's finest cigars - Cuba also has a knack of producing great sports stars, particularly in boxing, athletics and baseball.

9. In something of a paradox Cuba has one of the best health care systems in the world. The average life expectancy of around 76 years is comparable with that of the UK and US and one of its most successful exports is that of medical technology. Cuban scientists have developed vaccines for hepatitis-B and meningitis-B.

10. Approaching the age of 80, Castro has survived the Cold War, 9 US presidents and innumerable assassination attempts and no one is quite sure what will happen to Cuba when he eventually dies.

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Caribbean

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, June 11, 2006 at 11:22:30 :: Cuba

Would you like to dream? You are exhausted? You work too much? You need a holiday? Travel with us and visit the Caribbean and its beautiful islands like Guadeloupe, Cuba, Saint Barthelemy and Martinique.

Soleil couchant depuis la digue reliant l île à Cuba


See you there! :)
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UNESCO World Heritage

Cuba, Historic Centre of Camaguey

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, November 03, 2012 at 03:22:36

Location Camagüey Province, Camagüey, Cuba
Coordinates N21 22 43 W77 55 7
Property 54 ha
Date of Inscription 2008

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1270 )

One of the first seven villages founded by the Spaniards in Cuba, Camagüey played a prominent role as the urban centre of an inland territory dedicated to cattle breeding and the sugar industry. Settled in its current location in 1528, the town developed on the basis of an irregular urban pattern that contains a system of large and minor squares, serpentine streets, alleys and irregular urban blocks, highly exceptional for Latin American colonial towns located in plain territories. The 54 ha Historic Centre of Camagüey constitutes an exceptional example of a traditional urban settlement relatively isolated from main trade routes. The Spanish colonizers followed medieval European influences in terms of urban layout and traditional construction techniques brought to the Americas by their masons and construction masters. The property reflects the influence of numerous styles through the ages: neoclassical, eclectic, Art Deco, Neo-colonial as well as some Art Nouveau and rationalism.

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Nuestra Senora de la Soledad Church Rovirosa Family House, Historic Centre of Camaguey

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Cuba, Alejandro de Humboldt National Park

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, November 03, 2012 at 03:13:44

Location Guantánamo and Holguín Provinces, Cuba
Coordinates N20 26 60 W75 0 0
Property 71,140 ha
Date of Inscription 2001

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/839 )

Complex geology and varied topography have given rise to a diversity of ecosystems and species unmatched in the insular Caribbean and created one of the most biologically diverse tropical island sites on earth. Many of the underlying rocks are toxic to plants so species have had to adapt to survive in these hostile conditions. This unique process of evolution has resulted in the development of many new species and the park is one of the most important sites in the Western Hemisphere for the conservation of endemic flora. Endemism of vertebrates and invertebrates is also very high.

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Alejandro de Humboldt National Park

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Cuba, Desembarco del Granma National Park

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, November 03, 2012 at 03:05:15

Location Desembarco del Granma National Park, south-east corner of the the Republic of Cuba
Coordinates N19 52 59.988 W77 37 59.988
Property 41,863 ha
Date of Inscription 1999

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/889 )

Desembarco del Granma National Park, with its uplifted marine terraces and associated ongoing development of karst topography and features, represents a globally significant example of geomorphologic and physiographic features and ongoing geological processes. The area, which is situated in and around Cabo Cruz in south-east Cuba, includes spectacular terraces and cliffs, as well as some of the most pristine and impressive coastal cliffs bordering the western Atlantic.

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Desembarco del Granma National Park

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Cuba, San Pedro de la Roca Castle, Santiago de Cuba

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, November 03, 2012 at 02:54:36

Location Provincia de Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
Coordinates N19 58 0 W75 52 15
Property 94 ha
Date of Inscription 1997

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/841 )

Commercial and political rivalries in the Caribbean region in the 17th century resulted in the construction of this massive series of fortifications on a rocky promontory, built to protect the important port of Santiago. This intricate complex of forts, magazines, bastions and batteries is the most complete, best-preserved example of Spanish-American military architecture, based on Italian and Renaissance design principles.

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San Pedro de la Roca Castle Castillo del Morro, San Pedro de la Roca Castle

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Cuba, Urban Historic Centre of Cienfuegos

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, July 07, 2009 at 12:02:17

Location Municipality of Cienfuegos, Cuba
Coordinates N22 8 49.992 W80 27 10.008
Property 70 ha
Type Cultural
Date of Inscription 2005

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1202 )

The colonial town of Cienfuegos was founded in 1819 in the Spanish territory but was initially settled by immigrants of French origin. It became a trading place for sugar cane, tobacco and coffee. Situated on the Caribbean coast of southern-central Cuba at the heart of the country’s sugar cane, mango, tobacco and coffee production area, the town first developed in the neoclassical style. It later became more eclectic but retained a harmonious overall townscape. Among buildings of particular interest are the Government Palace (City Hall), San Lorenzo School, the Bishopric, the Ferrer Palace, the former lyceum, and some residential houses. Cienfuegos is the first, and an outstanding example of an architectural ensemble representing the new ideas of modernity, hygiene and order in urban planning as developed in Latin America from the 19th century.

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City Hall, Urban Historic Centre of Cienfuegos

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Cuba, Vinales Valley

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, July 07, 2009 at 11:42:23

Location Province of Pinar del Rio, Cuba
Coordinates N22 37 0.012 W83 43 0.012
Type Cultural
Date of Inscription 1999

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/840 )

The Viñales valley is encircled by mountains and its landscape is interspersed with dramatic rocky outcrops. Traditional techniques are still in use for agricultural production, particularly of tobacco. The quality of this cultural landscape is enhanced by the vernacular architecture of its farms and villages, where a rich multi-ethnic society survives, illustrating the cultural development of the islands of the Caribbean, and of Cuba.

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Vinales Valley

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Cuba, Trinidad and the Valley de los Ingenios

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, July 06, 2009 at 18:31:52

Location Province of Sancti Spiritus, Cuba
Coordinates N21 48 11 W79 59 4
Type Cultural
Date of Inscription 1988

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/460 )

Founded in the early 16th century in honour of the Holy Trinity, the city was a bridgehead for the conquest of the American continent. Its 18th- and 19th-century buildings, such as the Palacio Brunet and the Palacio Cantero, were built in its days of prosperity from the sugar trade.

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Church of San Francisco de Asis, Trinidad Trinidad

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Cuba, Old Havana and its Fortifications

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, July 06, 2009 at 07:08:08

Location Havana, Province of Ciudad de la Habana, Cuba
Coordinates N23 7 60 W82 20 60
Type Cultural
Property 143 ha
Date of Inscription 1982

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/204 )

Havana was founded in 1519 by the Spanish. By the 17th century, it had become one of the Caribbean's main centres for ship-building. Although it is today a sprawling metropolis of 2 million inhabitants, its old centre retains an interesting mix of Baroque and neoclassical monuments, and a homogeneous ensemble of private houses with arcades, balconies, wrought-iron gates and internal courtyards.

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Cathedral, Havana Capitolio National, Havana Camello downtown Havana, Cuba

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