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ONE AFTERNOON
WE WANDERED THE
PICTURESQUE SQUARES
OF OLD HAVANA
WITH A PHOTOGRAPHER
DOCUMENTING OUR DAY
AS WE NAVIGATED NARROW
COBBLESTONE STREETS,
PEEKING AT COURTYARDS
AND BALCONIES FOR A
GLIMPSE OF EVERYDAY LIFE.

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emotions. Travel can be a force for good,
helping to connect cultures, break down
barriers, and benefit the local economy,
but knowing your tourism dollars may
support an oppressive government is
unsettling, which is part of what makes
Cuba so perplexing.
Our first stop was Revolution Square,
a monumental public space where former
president Fidel Castro delivered many
political addresses, before we headed to the
iconic Hotel Nacional for an alfresco lunch
and a rum tasting with Havana Club's head
sommelier. Later, we toured the world's
oldest cigar factory - home to Cohiba, Partagás, and Romeo y Julieta, among others -
and even tried our hands at rolling our own.
Lee can book clients in casas particulares
(private homes), boutique hotels, and classic celeb favorites such as Hotel Saratoga,
but we were able to stay at the city's newest
and most luxurious property, the 246-room
Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski.
We settled into our suites (complete
with high ceilings, marble bathrooms, and
balconies overlooking the Capitol building) and reconvened for poolside cocktails

Cultural creativity on display, from left:
An exhibit at the Cuban Art Factory, those
famed cigars, performers with Habana
Compás Dance troupe, bartenders as
showmen at El Floridita, and a Che Guevara sculpture at Revolution Square.

on the rooftop, where we took in a lively
performance by the Habana Compás Dance
troupe. After dinner at an intimate paladar
(a small family-run restaurant, usually in
a private home), we stopped for a nightcap
and live music at former Hemingway hangout El Floridita. The 200-year-old establishment proclaims itself "the cradle of the
daiquiri," with a richly lacquered bar that
runs the length of one wall, where seasoned
bartenders sporting red tuxedo jackets
ceremoniously whirl blender drinks for a
constant crowd. Touristy? Sure. Essential?
Absolutely - and a perfect way to end an
exhilarating first day.



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
Virtuoso Life - July/August 2018 - Virtuoso Life - July/August 2018
Virtuoso Life - July/August 2018 - Cover2
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Virtuoso Life - July/August 2018 - 7
Virtuoso Life - July/August 2018 - Contents
Virtuoso Life - July/August 2018 - 9
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Virtuoso Life - July/August 2018 - Editor’s Note
Virtuoso Life - July/August 2018 - 13
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Virtuoso Life - July/August 2018 - 15
Virtuoso Life - July/August 2018 - Contributors
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Virtuoso Life - July/August 2018 - 19
Virtuoso Life - July/August 2018 - The Virtuoso Life
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Virtuoso Life - July/August 2018 - Passport
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Virtuoso Life - July/August 2018 - Bon Voyage
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Virtuoso Life - July/August 2018 - 41
Virtuoso Life - July/August 2018 - Suite Talk
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Virtuoso Life - July/August 2018 - Inspired By
Virtuoso Life - July/August 2018 - 49
Virtuoso Life - July/August 2018 - City to Go
Virtuoso Life - July/August 2018 - 51
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Virtuoso Life - July/August 2018 - 53
Virtuoso Life - July/August 2018 - Interview
Virtuoso Life - July/August 2018 - 55
Virtuoso Life - July/August 2018 - Seat at the Bar
Virtuoso Life - July/August 2018 - 57
Virtuoso Life - July/August 2018 - 58
Virtuoso Life - July/August 2018 - 59
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 - 73
Virtuoso Life - July/August 2018 - In My Bag
Virtuoso Life - July/August 2018 - 75
Virtuoso Life - July/August 2018 - 76
Virtuoso Life - July/August 2018 - Be Right Back
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Virtuoso Life - July/August 2018 - 79
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Virtuoso Life - July/August 2018 - Cuba Calling
Virtuoso Life - July/August 2018 - 89
Virtuoso Life - July/August 2018 - 90
Virtuoso Life - July/August 2018 - 91
Virtuoso Life - July/August 2018 - 92
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Virtuoso Life - July/August 2018 - 95
Virtuoso Life - July/August 2018 - 96
Virtuoso Life - July/August 2018 - 97
Virtuoso Life - July/August 2018 - Insiders’ Amsterdam
Virtuoso Life - July/August 2018 - 99
Virtuoso Life - July/August 2018 - 100
Virtuoso Life - July/August 2018 - 101
Virtuoso Life - July/August 2018 - 102
Virtuoso Life - July/August 2018 - 103
Virtuoso Life - July/August 2018 - 104
Virtuoso Life - July/August 2018 - 105
Virtuoso Life - July/August 2018 - Lens on the World
Virtuoso Life - July/August 2018 - 107
Virtuoso Life - July/August 2018 - 108
Virtuoso Life - July/August 2018 - 109
Virtuoso Life - July/August 2018 - 110
Virtuoso Life - July/August 2018 - 111
Virtuoso Life - July/August 2018 - 112
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 - 127
Virtuoso Life - July/August 2018 - Need to Know
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Virtuoso Life - July/August 2018 - 130
Virtuoso Life - July/August 2018 - 131
Virtuoso Life - July/August 2018 - Souvenir
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