Sunday 22 October 2017

Global village: Madonna chills in Cuba

Madonna in Havana
Madonna in Havana
Classic cars in Cuba
Anna Coogan

Anna Coogan

Madonna rang in her birthday with a family holiday to Havana earlier this year. You might want to consider visiting the island too.

Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982, cntraveller.com has a list of top things to do in the Cuban capital.

Museo de la Revolucion, between Avenida de las Misiones and Zulueta, is a huge, ornate, dome-topped building which was once the presidential palace, and became the Museum of the Revolution during the years following the Cuban revolution. Head for Old Havana to explore the churches and reconstructed Spanish-style mansions found in and around the three stunning plazas of Catedral, Armas and Vieja.

Partagas Cigar Factory is considered a national treasure - formerly the second largest cigar factory in Cuba - and hides behind the Capitolio in Havana's main square.

Jardin Botanico Nacional has an extensive collection of tropical plants.

Don't be a guest from hell

Realsimple.com has tips on how to be the perfect house guest - as taking a winter city break often involves visiting friends.

1. Be very clear on how long you intend to stay for. Don't be vague, or overstay your welcome.

2. Don't turn up unannounced - or with a puppy or a child, unless you've cleared it with your host.

3. Bring a gift. If you're visiting someone else's holiday home, consider taking candles or books - things that people after you will appreciate.

4. Be appropriate - when it comes to baring it all. Before you walk down the hall with just a towel after your shower, consider whether your host would be comfortable with this.

5. Bring your own toiletries - like toothpaste - and don't expect to use your hosts'. Also, refrain from eating the leftovers or finishing off the milk.

So good they named it twice

Going to New York City can be hectic, yet with CityPASS the very best attractions are wrapped up in one easy-to-use ticket booklet.

It gives you priority entry to The Empire State Building Experience, American Museum of Natural History, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Top of the Rock Observation Deck or Guggenheim Museum, Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island or Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises, and the 9/11 Memorial and Museum or Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.

CityPASS also offers you significant savings on entry fees when you buy the pass. It's valid for nine days starting with the first day of use, so there's no need to feel rushed - you can see the city that never sleeps at your own pace. www.citypass.com/new-york. For more ideas, including shopping, dining, tours, museums, sightseeing, green spaces and more, see www.nycgo.com

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