I visited Havana hoping to capture that particular ambience of the fifties when the likes of Frank Sinatra and Ernest Hemingway frequented the city and was not disappointed.Were he still alive, Frank Sinatra would now be 91. In his heyday, the saying was: “It’s Frank’s world; we just live in it.” That world certainly included Cuba, which Frank first visited in 1947. I simply wanted to see Frank’s world in Havana where I hoped that memorabilia dating from the fifties would be accessible.At Havana’s Aerop¬uerto Internacional Jose Marti entry formalities were as complicated as in the fifties when visas were needed to go to any place. It took me an hour to clear the immigration line. In my case, a pretty police officer spent more than a minute carefully comparing my face with the photo in my passport. Then it took another hour to get my baggage and change my money into ‘convertible pesos’ or CUCs. I am sure that Sinatra had it easier.There was plenty to suggest Sinatra on the taxi trip into town. The car radio played Cuban songs with a beat that Frank would have appreciated. As I trav¬elled towards Havana centro, passing murals and graffiti acclaiming… Read full this story
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