The Big ANS Summer Meeting – By John Bongo

16 Aug

Being from Scotland, where you’re not allowed to smoke inside, the lack of decent facilities where you can smoke a cigar in relative comfort and warmth outside makes enjoying a cigar an almost impossible task. So, imagine the surprise and disbelief on my friends faces when I told them I was going to a cigar Read more…

A Day With Wörrstadt Folks In Havana

10 Aug

It was a nice change of pace to meet up with friends from my small German village in Havana and show them around. Klaus, Anne and Mona were in Varadero on vacation for 2 weeks and wanted to see Havana, smoke a cigar, see the cigar lounges and sights and take a ride on the Read more…

Not A Good Idea – Havana In Summer

8 Aug

Having been in Havana last May when temperatures were already in the low to mid 30’s C and humidity was high I thought taking a short trip in late July/ early August would not be any different weatherwise. I was wrong. It was almost unbearable hot and sauna-humid … Fortunately the first Casa I stayed Read more…

Visiting Hector Luis And A Great Harvest

9 Jun

Already during my last visit in March to Hector Luis’ farm most of the tobacco harvest was in the curing barns. Some was still left to grow and show the tour groups when we visited him in May but surprisingly we were the only visitors except for another small group which gave us the chance Read more…

Havana May 2017 – Visiting The Factories

1 Jun

I was happy to show my friends around two important factories in Havana for them to appreciate the hard work, passion and care involved in rolling the best cigars. Both visits were a tremendous experience, especially combined with a later visit to the tobacco plantations in the Vuelta Abajo area of Pinar del Rio. From Read more…

The Cohiba No-Atmosphere Lounge At The New Kempinski Manzana Hotel In Havana

29 May

Having read about the upcoming opening of Havana’s newest luxury hotel, the Kempinski Gran Manzana, located in Cuba’s former first shopping arcade, the Manzana de Gomez in the Parque Central area, I was curious to check out the new shopping area and the Cohiba Atmosphere cigar lounge inside that are. Most of what I had Read more…

Havana, Cuba May 2017 – Anthony’s Picture Gallery

28 May

Anthony and Meagan shared 5 days of my trip and some of the best experiences and cigars in Havana and the Vuelta Abajo. Here is a gallery of pictures that Anthony took and kindly sent me for posting. Enjoy ! Nino