Hotel Nacional for lunch.

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The city of Havana is as beautiful and complex as this tilework at the entrance of the Hotel Nacional and some say it is like the Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach.

The historic hotel backyard is an expanse of garden, highway and sea! Mom and I had drinks and a sandwich on the lawn and I bought a pair of earrings in the hotel gift shop. If I had unlimited resources I would have loved to own more of the beautiful silver jewelry in Cuba. The hotel is classic old school elegance and the view of downtown is worth the trip. For many this McKim, Mead and White 1930s designed hotel was a top destination and lots of famous people are pictured on the walls. I love the graphic image of the island of Cuba done as a mosaic on the terrace – laying under the feet of the musicians and the stars.

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As far as accommodation, for us, we were at the Parque Central Hotel, so I have no idea about this hotel as a place to spend the night, but for coffee or a cocktails it is beautiful. Mom and I had a chance to make friends with Harold and Betsy from Chicago and a cool couple from Malta. The folks from Malta flew 15 hours to get to Cuba and they traveled mostly outside of Havana. I had a vicarious tour through their eyes and I am so glad we visited this hotel.

 

Keri Pickett

Keri Pickett is an author, photographer and filmmaker telling the stories of life, family and community with intimacy, honesty and impact. Pickett is Producer, Director and Camera for the award-winning feature documentary film ‘The Fabulous Ice Age’, about the rise and fall of the great American touring ice shows and one man’s quest to save the history, available on Netflix and Amazon. Her short film, 'Steel // Spirit' premiered at MSPIFF and won certificate of excellence in India. Her award-winning books include Love in the 90s; BB and Jo, The Story of a Lifelong Love, A Granddaughter’s Portrait (Warner Books, 1995); Faeries; Visions, Voices & Pretty Dresses (Aperture, 2000); Saving Body & Soul, The Mission of Mary Jo Copeland (WaterBrook, 2004). The recipient of a Jerome and Minnesota State Arts Board grants, three McKnight Foundation Photography fellowships, a National Endowment for the Arts award, and a Bush Foundation Fellow, Pickett’s work is in the permanent collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston and the Minneapolis Institute of Art.