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We are Lee-Anne & Jusnier ('Turbo' to his friends).
An English/Cuban couple who know Cuba like the back of their hands, and would like to share their first-hand knowledge with you!

Lee-Anne & Jusnier Blanco - Cuba Rocks!

Helping you discover the REAL Cuba!

Basilica Menor de San Francisco de Asis

Dominating Havana's Plaza de San Francisco is the Basilica Menor de San Francisco de Asis. This building was originally built in the late 16th Century and has some baroque re-modeling in the mid to early 18th Century.

Due to political conflict, the Basilica Menor de San Francisco de Asis was actually taken over by the Spanish government and its functions as a church ceased for a number of years.

The church allegedly has the best acoustics in all of Cuba, and is therfore used primarily for musical concerts.

The Basilica Menor de San Francisco de Asis has a 42m high bell tower that gives stunning views over Havana.

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Museo de Chocolate

Not so much of a museum, more like a whole shop (or cafe) dedicated to chocolate. Bliss!

Delicious chocolates are made from chocolate beans grown in Baracoa, in the south of Cuba.

You may have to queue for a table, but it's worth it. Go in the morning when the queue appears to be shorter.

In a nod to the 'museo' name, there are several glass display cabinets with old cups of cocoa and chocolate ingredients.

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Farmacia Taquechel

An old fashioned pharmacy with galss cabinets filled with jars of herbs and remedies.

 

Farmacia Taquechel displays all sorts of herbs, remedies and concoctions stored in porcelain jars.

They are painstakingly arranged on floor to ceiling mahogany shelves. The original 1896 pharmacy was the workplace of Francisco Taquechel Mirabal.

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Plaza San Cristóbal

The beautiful historical plaza, dominated by the limestone façade of the Cathedral San Cristobal.

Why not stop for a well earned coffee in El Patio, where you can sit and watch the world go by?

 


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