Monday, 30 June 2014

Ibiza Stag Weekend

Lift from airport by a guy we meet in the airport, we had to pile in to his small car.

Quad biking around island

Great food at Cala d'Hort

Maricas at Cala Comte

Hiring bikes in Formentera along Ses Llletes

Bay Watch 

Keeping beers cold at Ses Llletes

Great restaurant at Ses Lllletes

Quad bike video

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

20 Years Since My First Travel Adventure. I am celebrating With Sharing My Photos On Instagram



View my highlights on Instagram Martins Photo Blog 

I first hit the road and started backpacking around the world on my first adventure back in 1994. And I want to celebrate by giving thanks, by looking back at all the beautiful people and places that have changed my life. 

I have put a collection on my Instagram gallery for you to view, of all the beautiful places I have visited. 





Saturday, 29 March 2014

Cordoba

Is a city in Andalusia, southern Spain, and the capital of the province of Córdoba

Plaza de la Corredera Square



The square is ringed by apartments and an assortment of lively pubs, cafes and shops.


Steve knocking back a tequila, in a cool bar in the Square with friendly atmosphere 

Friday, 28 March 2014

Almonaster La Real


Almonaster la Real is a town and municipality located in the province of Huelva, Spain.
One of the least spoilt villages of the Sierra de Aracena


Inside the 10th Century Mezquita
That has 5 naves, whose arches, like in the Mezquita in Cordoba, are perpendicular to Qibla.

Alajar


Alájar is a town and municipality located in the province of Huelva, Spain

Secluded walks from the main town

Cork Oak trees, bark is striped every 9 years

Iberian Pork. Free range pigs whose diet is based on acorns, have brought international fame. Producing "Pata negra" ham and various dried pork products.


Thursday, 27 March 2014

Lebrija

Is a city in the province of Seville

Must visit this bar Tasca "el chocazo" at lunch time and try Solera

Siesta at the bank of the Guadalquivir river

Touring cyclists slowly cycling

White storks nesting 

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Los Caños de Meca



 The walk along the coast "Los Caños de Meca" starting at Zahora 




Monday, 24 March 2014

Zahara de la Sierra

The scenic drive from Ronda to Los Caños de Meca

Unexpected road closer (Failed road bridge) sent us on a diversion that turned out to be one of the most beautiful road journeys

Sat-nav giving us indication of our route of a winding road

Spectacular views of the lake at Zahara de la Sierra

The town of Zahara de la Sierra make a great breakfast coffee stop

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Ronda

Our first stop in Spain, only 1 hr drive from Malaga.

The new bridge

A couple with plenty of time to enjoy and paint the views 

Always time for tapers in Spain

Monday, 14 October 2013

Cuba A Family Affair

My 3rd visit to Cuba, this time with my 17 year old daughter for 2 weeks. We only booked our flight's 2 & 1/2 weeks before. Direct with Virgin Atlantic (Gatwick - Havana) the price was good as this is the so called hurricane season and brought our travel card's from www.visacuba.com. No need to put a name of a hotel on travel card anymore and was not asked where we was staying or for onward tickets when we arrived in Havana. I was budgeting around £100.00 a day for the two of us, including staying in Casa's, travel, tours, food and drinks.
At the airport I drew some cash from the ATM upstairs, the charge was 3 cuc per 100

Havana

Casa Alex Havana
I knew a Casa 'Casa Alex' in Barrio Chino Havana, that I have stayed in many times before and took the taxi from the airport for 25 cuc. The casa is very clean, good food and location 25 cuc per night. We had dinner and a beer in barrio chino before a quick walk around the old part of Havana before crashing out. The casa owner arranged a taxi for the next afternoon to Trinidad 50 cuc for the two of us 4 & 1/2 hours.

For Casa Alex in Havana email: alex800512@yahoo.es Call: (+53 7) 867 8371 Address: Zanja No. 502 Apto. 3, e/ Rayo y Galiano, Centro Habana. See: Trip Adviser  


Trinidad

Inside the bell tower
The most recognizable building in Trinidad is the quaint yellow and green bell-tower of the former convent of San Francisco de Asís, built in 1730 by Franciscan monks. Since 1986 the building has housed the Museo Nacional de la Lucha Contra Bandidos

Unfortunately the stairs are in-need of repair and the top half of the tower is closed, but luckily travelling with my daughter, the kind lady let her pass, to see the magnificent views.

The casa was recommended from Casa Alex in Havana  'Hostal'  (Not actually a hostel) very friendly couple and very good breakfast. 20 cuc per night and 4 cuc breakfast. Taxi to Playa Ancon 5 cuc, was low season and not easy to find others to share taxi with, in the high season taxi is 8 cuc.

Hostal in Trinidad
Hostal email: carloscuba2012@gmail.com
Call: +53 41 99 2292
Yalienis Meneses y Carlos Omar Pineda
Address: Jesus Menendez 65 Esquina Smith Trinidad Cuba

Playa Giron (Bay Of Pigs)

Playa Coco
We stayed at Casa Luis, as I have stayed here before and I remember that this is one of the best casa's in Cuba! We stayed 4 nights here.

Like all Casa owners they can also be your tour guide, giving you advice with things to see/do and how to get around. Luis recommended Sendero Enigma de las Rocas, as a half day tour. We was picked up by horse and cart with 2 guides and was a great 1/2 day.

This famous bay has a museum, of the invasion from the CIA. If you have ever read about Castro, then you will know he has been very lucky with the way things have worked out, like it was meant to happen that way!

Casa Luis
Casa Luis playa Giron
Email: hostalluis@yahoo.es
Call: 0145 984258
See Trip Adviser

There is a casa de cambio, opposite the museum, I changed £300.00 and was charged 28 cuc.

Fricassee

We also used the restaurant across the crossroads from Casa Luis, for some of our lunches. As it was used by the locals and was good and cheap. 

Most people come to the Bay of Pigs for diving/snorkeling, there are many other things to see and do. Like where you can enjoy the diverse and well preserved Cuban flora and fauna, amazing wonders and natural swimming pools

There is also a bus from the main highway about 30 minute drive from Play Giron, that now go's direct to and from Vinales.  
Sendero Enigma de los Rocas

Vinales
Tours around

Jodie Tobacco tour
Horse back riding
Playa Levisa

Plaza Vinales
Changing Money
Their are two banks in Vinales, open Monday to Friday. one closes at 12:30 and the other at 3pm. There is literally a hole in the wall, but no ATM, the nearest is in Pinar del Rio.
I did a 250 cuc cash transfer on my debit card in the bank, the charge was 8 cuc.


Coffee with sugar cane
Playa Jutias
Backpacking
Casa Sofia
 Fruit Stall
 Taxi Driver

 Russian Engine In 1950's American Car

Ride in a 1955 Chevrolet 

Last night & day in Havana


Los Nardos Restaurant

Our last night we treated our-self's to Los Nardos Restaurant.



Asociacion Cararia de Cuba Restaurant 

For lunch Asociacion Cararia de Cuba Restaurant Can be found opposite the Bacardi building.

Cuba Libre
There is much talk about; "I must see Cuba before it changes"
My 3rd time in Cuba, I have seen lot's of little changes and their is much talk from the local Cubans. 
As a tourist I don't want to see in Americanized, but it's not for me to say and to understand it's politics is something only the Cuban people really know. 

"Cuba is different" That's why I like to visit! 

Viva Cuba!