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Dinner there





A pass-by Cuban with stuff on her head


TABACUBA

Cuban cigars have become one of the most demanded products in the international market, where more than 100 million Premium cigars are sold every year. 

The hand-made cigars, which are sold in over 100 countries, are also among the best priced in the world. 

The company TABACUBA, founded 12 years ago, coordinates all tobacco-related transactions, including planting, harvesting, processing and sales. 

TABACUBA has 45 firms, including 16 that operate in the agricultural sector, eight agri-industrial enterprises, ten tobacco-rolling factories, four cigarette factories and seven companies in charge of services and sales. 

It also has several firms to produce and sell cigars and cigarettes, in addition to a mercantile society and a Research Institute. 

Cuba has 50 factories that produce cigars for export and a similar number of enterprises that operate in the domestic market.



No photography is allowed inside Tabacua but the video below shows similar process





Bert Hill and Mack Harris showing off with Cuban cap and cigar



Dinner next to the Cathedral










Happy 66th Birthday to Don Hahn




THE HEMINGWAY MUSEUM

The Hemingway Museum in Cuba is housed in what used to be the private residence of the famous American author Ernest Hemingway.  The Hemingway Museum, which is usually just referred to as Finca Vigia by Cubans is located a little about 15 km’s outside of Havana. Finca Vigia, which means lookout farm, was the name of Hemingway’s residence when he lived there. The Hemingway museum is not a site of mass interest, but the pleasant surroundings and original furnishings that Hemingway and his wife would have used make this place a must see for anyone interested in the life and works of Ernest Hemingway.

Finca Vigia, built in the late 19th century and situated in San Francisco de Paula - now a suburb of Havana, Cuba - was bought in 1940 by the novelist Ernest Hemingway. The writer, who went on to win the Nobel prize in 1954, lived there for over 20 years. It was turned into a museum after his death in 1961 when his widow signed the house over to the Cuban government, along with the author's collection of books, photographs and letters, and drafts of his novels.




Ernest Miller Hemingway

Ernest Miller Hemingway (July 21, 1899 – July 2, 1961) was an American author and journalist. His economical and understated style had a strong influence on 20th-century fiction, while his life of adventure and his public image influenced later generations. Hemingway produced most of his work between the mid-1920s and the mid-1950s, and won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. He published seven novels, six short story collections and two non-fiction works. Three novels, four collections of short stories and three non-fiction works were published posthumously. Many of these are considered classics of American literature.

Hemingway was raised in Oak Park, Illinois. After high school he reported for a few months for The Kansas City Star, before leaving for the Italian front to enlist with the World War I ambulance drivers. In 1918, he was seriously wounded and returned home. His wartime experiences formed the basis for his novel A Farewell to Arms. In 1922, he married Hadley Richardson, the first of his four wives. The couple moved to Paris, where he worked as a foreign correspondent, and fell under the influence of the modernist writers and artists of the 1920s "Lost Generation" expatriate community. The Sun Also Rises, Hemingway's first novel, was published in 1926.

After his 1927 divorce from Hadley Richardson, Hemingway married Pauline Pfeiffer. They divorced after he returned from the Spanish Civil War where he had acted as a journalist, and after which he wrote For Whom the Bell TollsMartha Gellhorn became his third wife in 1940. They separated when he met Mary Welsh in London during World War II; during which he was present at the Normandy Landings and liberation of Paris.

Shortly after the publication of The Old Man and the Sea in 1952, Hemingway went on safari to Africa, where he was almost killed in a plane crash that left him in pain or ill-health for much of the rest of his life. Hemingway had permanent residences in Key West, Florida, and Cuba during the 1930s and 1940s, but in 1959 he moved from Cuba to Ketchum, Idaho, where he committed suicide in the summer of 1961.




Ernest's son lived there.



















Ernest's private room in the tower









4 dogs buried there















Jewish Temple
Cuba does have Jewish temples













Havana Craft & Souvenir Market













Riding in classic cars to the restaurant for Farewell Dinner













































































Happy 65th Birthday to Mack Harris (left)







Showtime at Tropicana Club
Tropicana Club has been running since 1939.