We had dinner at the world-renowned Tropicana Club. The greatest cabaret show since 1939. The showgirls at the Tropicana, known as "Las Diosas de Carne" (or "Flesh Goddesses"), were renowned the world over for their voluptuousness, and the cabaret showcased a kind of sequin-and-feather musical theater that would be copied in Paris, New York, and Las Vegas. 🇨🇺🇨🇺🇨🇺🇨🇺🇨🇺🇨🇺🇨🇺🇨🇺🇨🇺🇨🇺🇨🇺🇨🇺🇨🇺🇨🇺🇨🇺🇨🇺🇨🇺🇨🇺🇨🇺🇨🇺🇨🇺🇨🇺🇨🇺🇨🇺🇨🇺
The long list of stars who flocked to the Tropicana included Édith Piaf, Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Marilyn Monroe, Ernest Hemingway, Jimmy Durante, Rock Hudson, Anthony Quinn, Betty Grable, Ingrid Bergman, Errol Flynn, Pier Angeli, Maurice Chevalier, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Marlon Brando.
It was like going back in time. :) #tropicananightclub#tropicananights#tropicanaclub#tropicanacabaret#tropicanacuba
Plaza de San Francisco 🇨🇺❤️ Immediately inland of Havana harbor, Plaza de San Francisco (on Avenida del Puerto at Amargura) is one of the four leading plazas laid out in the 17th century. The spacious cobbled square, which was fully restored in the 1990s, takes its current name from the Franciscan convent built there.
Formerly a small inlet opening directly to the bay, the plaza was first laid out beginning in 1575 when the land was drained. From the start it was a place where galleons were serviced and slaves unloaded; one of the terminals of the Zanja Real (the first aqueduct in Havana) supplied water supply to the square to victual ships tied up at the wharves. It served as a marketplace and during the early colonial period a fair took place here every October with cock fights. In the late 17th-century and 18th centuries, many wealthy nobles built their homes on the cobbled plaza. The market and cockfight ring were then moved to Plaza Vieja after complaints from the wealthy resident and the convent’s monks.
More modern additions include a luxurious boutique hotel, plus restaurants, the Agencia de Viajes San Cristóbal which specialises in cultural tourism in Old Havana, and some notable art pieces, including bronze figures of Polish composer Chopin and a famous Havana tramp—El Caballero de Paris—of the pre-Revolutionary decades. To the square’s southeast corner, the Carrara marble Fuente de los Leones was sculpted in 1836 by Italian artist Giuseppe Gaggini. Tucked beneath shade trees in a small garden to the east side of the basilica is a lovely garden dedicated to Mother Teresa of Calcutta and containing, incongruously, a small Greek Orthodox church.
Horse-drawn carriages are available here for tours of Habana Vieja. And the square is frequently used for girls’ fiestas de quince (15th birthday celebrations), so you’re likely to see bevies of be-crinolined beauties self-consciously feeding the pigeons for photo opportunities. #havanacuba#plazadesanfrancisco#plazadesanfranciscodeasis
Hotel Nacional de Cuba since 1930. The hotel was constructed in just fourteen months on the site of the Santa Clara Battery, which dates back to 1797. Part of the battery has been preserved in the hotel's gardens, including two large coastal guns dating from the late 19th Century. The hotel opened as The National Hotel of Cuba on December 30, 1930. 🇨🇺🇨🇺🇨🇺🇨🇺🇨🇺🇨🇺🇨🇺🇨🇺🇨🇺🇨🇺🇨🇺
In its 80+ years of existence, the Hotel Nacional has had many important guests, including artists, actors, athletes and writers such as Winston Churchill, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Jimmy Carter, Frank Sinatra, Ava Gardner, Rita Hayworth, Mickey Mantle, Johnny Weissmuller, Buster Keaton, Jorge Negrete, Agustín Lara, Rocky Marciano, Tyrone Power, Alberto Simões, Rómulo Gallegos, Errol Flynn, John Wayne, Marlene Dietrich, Gary Cooper, Marlon Brando, Ernest Hemingway, Jean-Paul Sartre, Yuri Gagarin, scientist Alexander Fleming, Minnesota (United States) Governor Jesse Ventura, and innumerable Ibero-American Heads of State and European monarchs.
Flordita. 🇨🇺 Since 1812. One of Hemingway’s regular bars...and where the strawberry daiquiri was founded. 🍹 We had daiquiris, mojitos and perfectly cooked lobster. 🇨🇺 A gem in Havana... #floridita#floriditacuba#laviejahabana 🇨🇺
The one and only, Tropicana, Night Club in Havana. What a show! Open-air cabaret dinner show just as it was since 1939. A must see... 🌴🌴🌴🌴🌴🌴🌴🌴🌴🌴🌴🌴🌴🌴🌴🌴🌴 The long list of stars who flocked to the Tropicana included Édith Piaf, Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Marilyn Monroe, Ernest Hemingway, Jimmy Durante, Rock Hudson, Anthony Quinn, Betty Grable, Ingrid Bergman, Errol Flynn, Pier Angeli, Maurice Chevalier, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Marlon Brando. 🌴🌴🌴🌴🌴🌴🌴🌴🌴 #tropicana#tropicananightclub#tropicanacuba#cabarettropicana
The human spirit in Cuba is unbelievable. They have nothing. They’re all poor, just trying to survive. If they make a little bit of money, the govt takes it and jails them. They are so oppressed with 0 opportunity for a better life, however they continue to smile.
We walked around on day 2 and just talked to the people and observed the city. Although it looked like a bomb went off on every corner, i saw the beauty in their culture, architecture, the potential, and love for this country they call home. We learned so much from them. Not just about their history and culture, but how grateful we should be to live in a democracy which grants opportunity. We need to protect that with all of our being. Democracies are fragile. It can be lost quickly with one bad decision... Cubans want change. They need change. It’s been 60 years too long. America has put the squeeze on them..so tight. Although, perhaps, deservedly so after 1962, amends need to be made now. These people are hurting, but do not fill their hearts with hate. Only hope that one day there will be change and their once gorgeous, historical city will return to its prosperous glory.
The Cuban people suffer while the govt and diplomats keep them down and live comfortably. We were able to do something that they will never be allowed to do, leave. They’re stuck and it’s quite sad. America needs to open up with Cuba. We’re only 90 miles away with all the resources in the world...to see this happening so close to home is frankly devastating.
Everyone should visit and talk to the people. They love Americans. One can learn so much observing their desolate lifestyle yet amazing, hopeful and grateful attitudes. I loved Cuba and their people. I will be back to enjoy their culture, appreciate the beauty and support the people. ❤️🇨🇺 #supportcuba