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Traveler’s Spotlight: A Custom Journey to Cuba


May 8, 2018 • By THIRDHOME

THIRDHOME Member Bob just returned from a trip to Cuba.

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THIRDHOME Exchange member Bob just returned from Cuba, and has a lot to say about THIRDHOME Exchange’s Travel & Concierge service.

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Dear THIRDHOME,

Recently our family went to Cuba with all arrangements having been made by Liz Bates of THIRDHOME. To begin with, after traveling much of the world with very good assistance, nothing compares with the virtually perfect arrangements we experienced through Liz’s efforts.

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I’ve been trying to capture our entire week here and to come up with words that capture Havana…dreamscape, romantic, a paradise rising from a falling phoenix.  None of these words really do justice to the extraordinary beauty and the bone-deep rhythm of this place.

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The best part of the trip was the Cuban people, how they can keep moving on despite the embargo in place. It has changed me and I already look forward to returning one day.

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While in Cuba (I am an artist and my son a filmmaker) we met important artists and museum directors and visited amazing galleries. The Modern Art Museum was simply superb with important Cuban components of the world’s art periods represented as if the artists were in Paris or New York.

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All visits were relevant to us and our interests. We traveled in restored 1950s classic cars and, on long trips, had the best transportation available.  Our local expert Cuban guide was incredibly knowledgeable and made sure we saw everything possible in the 6 days we toured around together.

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Another huge highlight included (which is a must-do experience) is a visit to the Tropicana Club.  Cuba was amazing and seems to be coming into its own. The people are gentle, kind and interesting; and all of the traditional paladar private restaurants that we had access to through Liz’s expertise were so much better than we expected.

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Liz took the time to learn all of the important factors about us as a family and individually created a visit to Cuba that was meaningful from beginning to end. The private villa we stayed in was superb and staffed by the most wonderful Cuban people.

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Our villa was the perfect oasis to rest in after being active all day. The villa was decorated in local art and staffed with some very special people.  Then for my BIG Birthday celebration, an evening which began with a talented opera singer singing Las Mananitas (Traditional Happy Birthday Spanish style), continued into the night with amazing live jazz, more singing, and traditional dancing along with an amazing feast and a walk along the Malecon afterward, was forever memorable.

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The entire evening and trip was a celebration filled with fantastic food, local people, music, art and culture – everything was wonderful.   Our evening of the unique performance experience at F.A.C. was as if we were placed in Los Angeles, New York, or Paris – truly one of Havana’s best clubs, however, it just wouldn’t be the same if it were not in Cuba.

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Havana is fabulous – every need and day was met beyond our expectations.  Our recommendation: Call Liz and get to Cuba now!

 

-Bob Kantor

 

If Bob’s Cuban excursion inspired you, be sure to check out our newest Inner Circle Journey, Mariel Hemingway’s Hidden Havana! Discover the colorful city of Havana, with Mariel Hemingway as your insider guide to all things Ernest Hemingway, while staying at a private villa in Miramar!

 

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Thanks you Robert & Laura for reviewing your trip to Cuba!