The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel & Indulgence -

‘A HIGH, nar­row door swung open, an outer gate was un­locked and it seemed we had ar­rived among old friends. Can­dida and Pe­dro, still in their nightwear, warmly em­braced us while vol­ubly ex­press­ing re­lief at our safe ar­rival . . . Then the younger gen­er­a­tions tot­tered off to bed but af­ter three cups of po­tent cof­fee I had re­vived enough to take ad­van­tage of Ha­vana’s brief morn­ing cool­ness. An Ir­ish proverb rec­om­mends ‘‘the old dog (or bitch) for the hard road’’.’

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