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Tropical views and relaxation

Sometimes a simple tropical photo can take you back to a place in time when the day was starting to feel easy, and the warm breeze was beckoning. This was taken on my first day at the Blau Costa Verde in Holguin, Cuba. A week of chill lifestyle, meeting a variety of really nice people offering all kinds of topics of conversations awaited. Also looking back on this picture reminds me of the anticipation of what this all inclusive trip would include. How would the food be, would it be sunny all week, would I take advantage of the time away to really relax and get away from the stresses of winter and everyday challenges at home? It is a feeling of hope, excitement and relief that you are finally there, ready to take on this wonderful experience that is temporary but so meaningful. Turned out to be a great trip, and one I will always appreciate and look back upon fondly.

Holguin Beach, City & the Cuban Countryside

Last month I escaped to charming Holguin province in Cuba, and stayed at the Blau Costa Verde Plus. The resort offered decent rooms, a variety of restaurants and bars, and a gorgeous beach. I took a wonderful day trip that included a 30 minute tourist steam train ride through the remote and unspoiled Cuban countryside, an hour long stop in bustling Holguin city, a steep ride up to the historic Hill of the Cross overlooking Holguin city, and a stop of the charming seaside village of Gibara , where a 30 minute relaxing catamaran ride with lively music rounded out the events. The drive back to the resort was tranquil and full of lovely countryside vistas. Vintage car and banana plants Scenic view of Holguin City from Hill of the Cross Colourful colonial architecture in Holguin city Charming and quaint Gibara Seaside village of Gibara in Holguin province Sunset at the Blau Costa Verde   This was a great vacation experience in the eastern re