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(CATHEDRAL) HUBER IMAGES/ESTOCK PHOTO,
(MUSICIAN) KEVIN J. MIYAZAKI, (CARS) GETTY IMAGES/ISTOCKPHOTO

The colors of Cuba, from left: Cathedral
Plaza in Old Havana, street performers
entertain a crowd, and vintage cars
cruising the Malecón.

of the U.S. Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control-approved
categories on an approved itinerary," Lee
explains. "That doesn't mean big bus tours
with large groups of strangers are the only
option." Instead, he can customize private
itineraries for groups of any size. "Cultural
interactions with Cuban historians, architects, musicians, and artists will be the
most memorable and rewarding experiences of your visit," he says. Independent types
may bristle at the notion of an "approved"
itinerary, but it makes the most of your
visit - and you'll still have plenty of time for
soaking in your surroundings with a mojito
in one hand and a cigar in the other.
OUR PARTY OF TEN COUPLES INcluded friends from the travel industry -

several of them agency owners and advisors - but surprisingly, no one had yet
checked Cuba off their list. Studies show
that looking forward to a trip can bring as
much enjoyment as actually taking it - and
collectively our anticipation was off the
charts. Indeed, there's nothing like political
espionage, governmental chess moves, and
an overactive hurricane season to add to
the excitement. As our departure date drew
near, news of American diplomats in Cuba
suffering mysterious symptoms, threats
of a U.S. embassy closure, and yet another
looming hurricane only added to the drama
befitting such an evocative, complex destination. Lee calmed any concerns, and the
trip was on as planned.
We rendezvoused in Miami for a 45-minute American Airlines flight to Havana's

José Martí International Airport. Though
the flight was short - Havana lies just 100
miles southwest of Key West - we landed a
world away. After a ridiculously long wait
for the suitcase of one friend who shall remain nameless (we'd been advised to travel
with just a carry-on), we met our guide and
driver, boarded our luxury coach, and were
off on our three-night adventure. Situated
on Cuba's northwest coast, the once-walled
city of Havana, settled by the Spanish in the
1500s, is now a UNESCO World Heritage
site with a population of 2 million. You can't
help but marvel at and mourn what Havana
once was, what's been lost, what it could've
been, and what it still could be. The people
and the politics and the U.S.'s intertwinement with it all imbue even a breezy
weekend getaway with a tangle of mixed

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Virtuoso Life - July/August 2018

Virtuoso Life - July/August 2018
Contents
Editor’s Note
Contributors
The Virtuoso Life
Passport
Bon Voyage
Suite Talk
Inspired By
City to Go
Interview
Seat at the Bar
On the Table
Out & About
In My Bag
Be Right Back
Cuba Calling
Insiders’ Amsterdam
Lens on the World
Travel for Good
First Person
Need to Know
Souvenir
Virtuoso Life - July/August 2018 - Intro
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Virtuoso Life - July/August 2018 - Cover2
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Virtuoso Life - July/August 2018 - Contents
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Virtuoso Life - July/August 2018 - Editor’s Note
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Virtuoso Life - July/August 2018 - Contributors
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Virtuoso Life - July/August 2018 - The Virtuoso Life
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Virtuoso Life - July/August 2018 - Bon Voyage
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Virtuoso Life - July/August 2018 - Suite Talk
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Virtuoso Life - July/August 2018 - Inspired By
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Virtuoso Life - July/August 2018 - City to Go
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Virtuoso Life - July/August 2018 - Interview
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Virtuoso Life - July/August 2018 - Seat at the Bar
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Virtuoso Life - July/August 2018 - On the Table
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Virtuoso Life - July/August 2018 - Out & About
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Virtuoso Life - July/August 2018 - In My Bag
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Virtuoso Life - July/August 2018 - Be Right Back
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Virtuoso Life - July/August 2018 - Cuba Calling
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Virtuoso Life - July/August 2018 - Insiders’ Amsterdam
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Virtuoso Life - July/August 2018 - Lens on the World
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Virtuoso Life - July/August 2018 - Travel for Good
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Virtuoso Life - July/August 2018 - First Person
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Virtuoso Life - July/August 2018 - Need to Know
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Virtuoso Life - July/August 2018 - Souvenir
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