Beyond Havana: Three of the Best Cuban Cities that Aren’t the Capital

first_img Koy Gear Aims to Revolutionize Men’s Everyday Apparel America’s Oldest City Has a Super-Modern Dining and Drinking Scene Editors’ Recommendations Bruichladdich Distillery Unveils its New Octomore Scotch Whisky Series The Best Vodka Mixers for Stocking Your Home Bar Now that the U.S. has opened the doors (mostly) for travel to Cuba, the country is ripe for American exploration. But, the loosened travel restrictions are likely to mean significant changes for the country as it adapts to an entirely new demographic. Here are three of the nation’s best cities (that aren’t Havana) to see before the tourists get there.Time Travel in Colonial TrinidadIf Havana feels stuck squarely in the 1960s, Trinidad is just plain antique. The city is beset with quaint mom-and-pop restaurants, boldly painted Spanish Colonial churches and homes, and horse-drawn carriages ambling along its cobblestone streets. The vibe, like that found in most Cuban cities, hums day and night with music, singing, and dancing. Peruse in and around Plaza Mayor for the best salsa action or head to any of the nearby clubs for traditional Cuban bands nightly. Once you’ve had your fill at street level, head to the rooftops. Vista Gourmet, in particular, offers a terrace with sweeping views over the city’s endless red-tiled roofs — it’s the perfect place to enjoy the appetizer and dessert buffets and a free sunset cocktail. A well-trained staff is also on-hand to offer consultation for cigar purchases from their humidor.Salsa and Son in Santiago de CubaSantiago de Cuba feels worlds away from the capital city Havana — not just geographically, but culturally. Indeed the city’s location in the southeastern part of the island means that it draws healthy doses of cultural inspiration from the islands of the Caribbean. The city hosted many Cuban firsts, including Don Bacardí’s first rum factory, the initiation of Castro’s revolution, and it’s ground zero for every manner of Cuban music. Like downtown New Orleans, it feels like the people of Santiago de Cuba never stop singing and dancing. Visitors should head to Casa de la Trova — a local institution that’s been the city’s hub of all things music for more than 50 years. From afternoon until well after midnight, it’s a nonstop parade of salsa and son.Relive the Revolution in Santa ClaraThe Che Guevara Mausoleum. Local citizens volunteered over 400,000 hours to help with the construction of the complex.No Cuban city pays greater homage to Argentine guerrilla Che Guevara than Santa Clara. Around every corner, travelers will find museums, monuments, and statues that honor “El Che.” The revolutionary spirit lives on to this day in the form of a vibrant and creative youth that continues to feed the country’s burgeoning arts and culture scene. For a slightly adventurous diversion, head to the 579-foot peak at Loma del Capiro for fantastic views of the city. Not surprisingly, the site was also of critical importance for Che Guevara during the ‘58 battle for liberation. The city’s location in the dead center of Cuba also makes it an ideal base to explore the surrounding area. Save Your Eyes from the Scourge of the Screens with the Best Blue-Light-Blocking Glasses for Menlast_img read more

Hamilton crash leaves man fighting for life

A man is in critical condition after a single-car crash this morning near a major Hamilton mall. Police say at 9:00 this morning a driver went off Upper Wentworth St, struck a barrier and slipped into the parking lot. Fire crews extricated the man; he was pulled out without vital signs.The man was revived and taken to hospital where he’s fighting for his life.The collision reconstruction unit has taken photos and interviewed witnesses to find out why the car left the road.

Sex trade worker attacked and sexually assaulted in Hamilton

Hamilton police are issuing a safety alert after a sex trade worker was attacked and sexually assaulted in Hamilton.Police say a man approached a woman around 9:30 p.m. on Sunday while she was standing alone on Barton St. near Birch Ave.The victim and the suspect walked to a secluded area a few blocks away where she was physically attacked and sexually assaulted by the man.He is described as having a dark complexion, in his 20’s to early 30’s, about 5’7”, with a heavy build, short black hair and black scruffy facial hair. He was wearing a grey or black hooded sweatshirt and a black baseball cap.Police say they are warning the community “should the suspect be intentionally targeting individuals working within the sex trade.”Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Detective Candace Culp at 905-540-5545.Police seeking to identify a suspect after a woman working in the sex trade was attacked in #HamOnt. Read More:— Hamilton Police (@HamiltonPolice) February 21, 2017 read more

Disclosure Biden earned millions after leaving White House

WASHINGTON — Joe Biden is releasing his presidential financial disclosure, which shows that the former vice-president earned millions of dollars, including more than $2.7 million for book deals and speaking engagements over the past year and a half.During a four-decade political career, Biden brought home little more than his government salary. But since leaving the White House in January 2017, Biden has become a millionaire. His newfound wealth stems from a lucrative publishing deal, publicity tours and other speaking engagements.Biden’s first book, an account of his son Beau’s death from cancer, briefly topped bestseller lists in 2017.Biden also earned $540,000 as a professor and namesake of the University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement.He is now seeking the 2020 Democratic nomination for president.Stephen Braun, The Associated Press