This is a blog that will take you through the Rum lifestyles of a fine group of people that enjoy the fun and pleasure of fine rums. We will travel to distilleries, partys, and Rum Events to bring you the Rumstyles of all those we come in contact with.
The first thing
that hits you as you arrive at Jose Marti Aero Puerto is that you have stepped
back into the 50’s.The ramp you walk
down to deplane, the buildings of the terminal.The first sign of modern technology is when
you check in to Cuba at customs.The
have high tech computers and cameras.After the check in process is completed, the next thing as you walk out
of the terminal and greet the parking lot filled with 50’s era automobiles. On closer inspection, the fact that these
relics are still around in this salty corrosive environment is
unbelievable.Many of these are a
hybrid of different models and makes fitted together to keep them moving.Chevys with Pontiacs and Buicks; Plymouths
and Dodges;They make for a very
interesting group of autos.Most of them
are in pretty good shape for their ages and the fact that they have been
operated in the salty tropical area.
Next we arrive at
the Telegrafo Hotel which we will call home for the 5 days we are in town.The hotels has a really great bar and
restaurant.The cocktails are all made
with real Cuban Rums like Havana Club and Santiago de Cuba (made in the
original Bacardi Distillery), and hall in the traditional Cuban style.
El Floridita & Bacardi Building
Off we go into
the streets; first stop is in front of the Old Bacardi Building, one of the
most beautiful buildings in Old Havana.From there we look to the right and right in front of us is El
Floridita.Inside and straight for the
bar and have a Papa Dobles and a seat next to Hemingway enjoying the cocktail
and take a picture to look back on the whole experience later. The daiquiris
were to die for, but the atmosphere of the décor and the music makes me feel
like Ernest would walk in at any time.By the way, he is standing in the corner, ready to pose for your
Hotel Ambros Mundo
Next it was off
to the Ambros Mundo Hotel, where Hemingway lived until he bought his house,
“Finca La Vigia” built in 1886 by Miguel Pascual y Baguar, a Spanish Architect,
and Hemingway bought in 1940 for $40,000.The hotel was the perfect location, just a few blocks from El Floridita, Bacardi Building,
La Bodeguita del Medio, and so many other places.
Now it is off to
La Bodeguita del Medio for a Mojito.This is another place that is in a narrow alley of cobble stones and old
architecture.Great vibe in the place
and it is standing room only as you get push into a square foot or so to order
your mojito.This is a bodega by US standards, but the
narrow alley and the small entrance make this a must see, you must push your
way to the bar to have one of their Mojitos.The food is really good too, by the way.
The other exciting bar in Havana that I would have liked to had a drink at was Sloppy Joe's, but it is being reconditioned, but we were able to get inside and see the reconstruction of the famous long bar. The original bar is at the Havana Club Museum where you can get a cocktail served on it when you go through the museum.
This was just the
first day of the five days that Julio is so ably guiding us through the streets
and the back alleys of Old Havana.The
part that amazes me is how you can turn any corner and there is something there
that catches your eye.The other
thing that was a real surprise is hearing the rest of the story if you will
from the people who live here and the pride in their country.