In the realm of the few airlines carriers that fly from North America to the island communist nation of Cuba, our flight back home was on the Canadian carrier Westjet Airlines. As an oddball flight from Western Canada to Cuba, the Westjet Airlines flight allowed us a simple one connection stop back home and saved us connecting to the Caribbean through Toronto or Montreal in Eastern Canada. Review: Westjet Airlines B737-8, Varadero… Read More

Our exploration around Old Havana would have us exploring several of the cities four squares in this historic region. We’d explore these grand places with something to see around every turn. The surprise of such a European City in an island in the tropical Caribbean was a surprise to us all as we discovered something new. Activity: Tackling the Four Squares of Old Havana, Cuba. We then wandered down past Hotel Los Frailes… Read More

Our travel took us into one of Cuban’s most famous fortresses that was designed to keep enemies out. We would also get our first impressions into Old Havana. We would discover European styled public squares that are in the process of being restored to a world class squares and gathering spaces. Activity: Climbing on Castillo de Los Tres Santos Reyes Magnos del Morro and Stepping into Old Havana, Cuba. Our driver picked… Read More

The city of Havana is split into several areas. The city is the country’s capital and primary trading port. It spans a large area of over 782 sq kilometers, making it a challeging area to explore without transportation. We’d start exploring the city by travelling through Revolution Square, the Capitolo Nacionale, calling in a El Floridita Bar, and walking the Paseo del Marti (Prado). Activity: Landing into New Havana, Cuba. After travelling… Read More

Cuba can be a challenging country to get around in. With limited tourist accessible public transportation networks, much of the available transport is through private vehicle rentals with a car and driver. In this post, I outline our experience getting from Varadero to Havana, Cuba along the coastal highway. We had some interesting sights and stops along the way as we made our way to Havana. Activity: Overland Travel – Varadero to… Read More

The town of Varadero, Cuba is home to many tourist resorts. Although an anchor for many visitors to Cuba, the experience is still Cuban and influenced by many of the geo-political factors that affect an impact Cuba as a country. I was interested to see what goods and items were for sale in the markets, given that the United States has maintained sanctions against this island national for dozens of years. Our… Read More

I was excited to experience a resort in communist Cuba. Would the experience meet up to our expectations? Would a stay in a land governed by communism and twenty five years of sanctions from the United States make for an interesting stay? We would end up discovering a different stay experience filled with interesting (and rationed) food, supply issues and some odd touches. It ended up being a unique travel experience unlike… Read More

It’s not very easy to get from North America to Cuba. Many flights exist from Canada and there are occasionally flights available from the United States. Today’s flight had us departing from Western Canada’s Calgary International Airport on a non stop to the resort town of Varadero, Cuba. It would be a flight ending in undeveloped views on arrival, of a country yet to fully blossom. Review: Westjet Airlines B737-8, Calgary International… Read More

Our first flight for this trip would have us departing from one of Vancouver’s smaller regional airports located in the suburban Fraser Valley and outer Lower Mainland regional district. Canada’s second airline: Westjet Airlines came in as an underdog and has pretty much emerged as Canada’s second national carrier. We’d be flying with them extensively on this trip on a carrier that I don’t typically fly on. Review: Westjet Airlines B737-6, Abbotsford… Read More

The Caribbean country of Cuba has always been an interesting travel proposition. As one of the few countries in the world still to identify as communist, it’s always been on my list as a travel destination that I had yet to realize. After being able to tag onto a girls’ trip, I was able to accompany MrsWT73 and her friends for a week of exploring Cuba. Trip Introduction: Havana and Varadero, Cuba… Read More

Our travels home would have us departing from Europe’s largest Skyteam hub at Paris Charles de Gaulle. With a competitive overseas marketplace, Air France goes head to head against Lufthansa from their co-bases in Frankfurt / Munich, and British Airways from their busy hub at London Heathrow. How would Air France stack up against these heavy weights? Review: Air France Business Class B777-200 ER, Paris Charles de Gaulle – Vancouver International Airport…. Read More

There are many cities to connect through when travelling from North America to Europe. This particular flight would be my first experience departing Europe on a Skyteam carrier. This would allow us to experience the Salon Air France Lounge located in Paris Charles de Gaulle Terminal 2E. It’s always neat to experience a flagship lounge for a flag carrier and we’d come to appreciate this lounges wine program as one of it’s… Read More