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Travel Tales & Tips

Meghan Perkins'

The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page." ~Saint Augustine


Welcome to Travel Tales & Tips! Our ultimate goal is to share our passion for travel and learning about different cultures with others. We publish Travel Tales–anecdotes and human interest stories from around the globe, Travel Tips–ways to save time and skip the lines, Itineraries–recommendations and off-the-beaten path destinations, Photos–images from around the world, and Reviews–honest input and firsthand accounts. We are constantly updating our content, so check back often!

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May 22, 2019

Photo:  The Palacio de Valle in Punta Gorda, Cienfuegos 

As we drive through the countryside away from the Bay of Pigs, the horse carts get more prevalent and the cars less frequent.  The road quality quickly diminishes--not that it was very good to begin with.  Horses graze on the side of the road with no tether.  Cows wander freely with seemingly no enclosures.  Tony says people would not take someone else's cow, the laws are too strict if caught, but you could never let a pig wander in th...

September 17, 2018

I've had to take a bit of a break from writing about my journey through Cuba (new job and finishing up grad school have been keeping me very busy), but I couldn't wait any longer to get this segment completed on the Bay of Pigs!

The Bahía de Cochones–Bay of Pigs in English–is a cerulean blue bay filled with tropical fish located on the southern coast of Cuba.  The bay's modern-day setting evokes a feeling of peace and tranquility.  However, the location is best known to most Americans as the site...

June 4, 2018

Trinidad is famous for its pastel streets.  The UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the most visited cities in Cuba.  I could wander the streets for hours just to see what is waiting around the next bend.  And while its colorful hues are a joy to explore during the day, the city’s vibrance is equally visible at night.  The main city square, Plaza Mayor, comes alive with music.  Locals and tourists alike venture out to enjoy the cooler evening weather and take in an impromptu dance session or co...

May 27, 2018

1950s classic cars are the hallmark of Old Havana.  On nearly every street corner you can spot these iconic emblems of a city seemingly frozen in time.  One of my favorite parts about visiting Havana was seeing these beautiful cars cruising down the streets.  They add an unparalleled vibrance to the city’s atmosphere.

May 15, 2018

Cienfuegos is a small city on Cuba’s southern coast.  It is a port city with a French feel and some beautiful Neoclassical architecture for which it has been named a UNESCO World Heritage site.  The city’s malecon (a paved walkway along the waterfront) is an ideal place to take a stroll, especially at sunset.  Watching the suns golden rays blaze orange across the bay renders the city’s name–which translates to “100 fires”–very apropos.

April 7, 2018

Writer's Note:  The Tropicana has been on my bucket list for years, but I honestly wasn't sure that I would ever get the chance to visit Havana, let alone hit this famous hot spot.  The travel restrictions and strained relations between our two countries made a trip unlikely at best.  So, when I was able to go on this dream trip, I insisted on adding the famous show to an already jam-packed itinerary.  

I am fairly certain that Tony our guide thinks I'm crazy....

March 18, 2018

Left, Havana 1948 (courtesy of a relative); Right, Havana 2017. It was hard to duplicate this picture exactly since some of the street changed a bit over the last nearly 70 years, but we got pretty close!  The introduction of street lights was a huge change, but the cars and monument hadn’t changed a bit.

March 12, 2018

This dog was quite the site to find chilling in the middle of the street in Havana.  He looked happy as can be just relaxing with his little straw had and sunglasses.  He was definitely one of the most interesting sites I came across in the city.  He must have been well trained to sit still (hoping for some tips for his owner), but he also really seemed to be enjoying his job and all of the attention he was getting.

March 8, 2018

The Bahía de Cochones–or Bay of Pigs in English–is a gorgeous, cerulean blue bay filled with tropical fish located on the southern coast of Cuba.  However, it is best known to most Americans as the site of the failed 1961 CIA sponsored invasion of Cuba.  Today, it is an ecotourism site, popular diving/snorkeling spot, and perfect sunbathing destination.  It rivals any popular caribbean destination in terms of beautiful, crystal-clear water and calm surf.

January 16, 2018

This is Part 6 of a multi-part series on Cuba.  The Viñales Valley feels more like it belongs on another planet.  The natural land formations found here can only be found a handful of places in the entire world.  A few hours drive from Havana, the Viñales Valley makes for a perfect day trip to see the other side of Cuban life.

“Cuba may not be 5 star, but the experience certainly is first class,” my husband comments to me three days into our tour of the country.  We have just finished a delicious...

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