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Cuba: Art, Preservation, Architecture,

Sustainability, Health, Transportation, History, and


March 12 (Miami) 13 to 20 2016 Havana

March 12 fly into Miami for late afternoon program to discuss Cuba

and planning issues. You will need to sleep over night in Miami

since the March 13 AA (American Airlines) plane from Miami to

Havana is a direct flight with check in around 9:30 a.m. We

recommend that folks stay at the Red Roof Inn or another airport

Hotel with shuttle service near the Miami International airport for group taxi or shuttles to where we will check in.

March 13 to 20th—fly directly on AA Charter from Miami to Havana 24 folks

will depart on:

March 13 AA 9478 MIA/HAV 12:45PM-1:45PM 9 folks will depart on:

March 13 SWQ 307 MIA/HAV 1:00pm-2:00pm (thus there is only a 15 minute difference).

Trip Bonus: March 12 will include an orientation at the Miami with special guest speakers!

Where you’ll stay: Hotel Habana Libre http://www.hotelhabanalibre.com Havana Libre is the Old Hilton Hotel in the center of town in Old Havana.

Over 1,000 people, including Professors Harvey Molotch, Douglas Kelbaugh, Dietrich Neumann, Dennis Judd, Peter Marcuse, Terry Singer, Cliff Staten, and Michael Brazely, along with community leaders like Sam Watkins and play write Larry Muhammad have gone to Cuba with Professor John I. Gilderbloom, Director of the Center for Sustainable Urban Neighborhoods: http://sun.louisville.edu We have been taking study groups from the United States since 1997 with 32 different programs and have spent a total of 480 days there. Several travel magazines and books, including Holiday Travel, Travel Smart, and

Budget Travel, have praised our Cuba travel programs. “Time Out:

Havana and the Best of Cuba” ranked it as the best “educational option” and “the least bureaucratic way” for a U.S. passport holder to travel to Cuba.” These travel programs have also produced published scholarly articles on Cuba and travelers have testified to the U.S. Senate and State Department (private meeting) on lifting the embargo.

Dr. Gilderbloom has been featured on CNN for his work in Cuba, served as a technical advisor to National Geographic on issues in Old Havana, and won an honorary Architecture Diploma from Cuba’s Union of National Architects and Engineers. He has written about Cuba in numerous books, articles and journals including an edited chapter that was ranked as one the best planning books.

This Spring Break trip is a "people to people exchange" program during which Cubans and Americans share ideas on transportation, preservation, community development, housing, sun harvesting, ecology, environment, planning, architecture, community gardens, and green planning. We are working to either meet at the top Planning School in Havana or State Architecture School for participants to present their research (UAA/APA style presentation of 15 minutes). We are providing this afternoon of exchange of ideas so that students and faculty in academia and professional practice can qualify for additional travel funds to offset any costs. We are also providing continuing education credit for AIA, CNU, and APA members. Up to $500 of the trip counts to a Tax Deductible Donation to the University of Louisville. Finally, the deadline has been extended to December 15. Below you will find the cost breakdown and itinerary.

It’s a trip of a lifetime.

John I. Gilderbloom Ph.D.

2013 Presidential Medal: Distinguished Faculty Award for Research and Creative Activity Urban and Public Affairs, Professor Home of the Top Ranked (#14) Planning Program in the Country Center for Sustainable Urban Neighborhoods Email: jigild01@louisville.edu http://sun.louisville.edu 502-852-8557


Please note this itinerary is subject to change because of time constraints, closures and unavailability of speakers. This is a “suggested itinerary” that includes the restaurants listed. We make no guarantees and we will not be meeting with Raul or Fidel Castro on this trip.

March 12 fly into Miami for late afternoon program to discuss Cuba and planning issues. You will need to sleep over night in Miami since the March 13 AA (American Airlines) plane from Miami to Havana is a direct flight with check in around 9:30 a.m. We recommend that folks stay at the Red Roof Inn or another airport Hotel with shuttle service near the Miami International airport for group taxi or shuttles to where we will check in on March 13.

Miami—4pm orientation talk with Dr. Gilderbloom at a selected Hotel with special guest speakers! We are trying to arrange for the most important urban thinkers, Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, along with several other CNU leaders, to give a talk to our group at their studio. We will also speak with Cuban dissidents opposed to lifting the U.S.A. embargo. Perhaps a meeting at the University of Miami?

March 13, Sunday 9:00 a.m. Arrive at Miami for Check in!

to Havana 24 folks will depart on:

March 13 AA 9478 MIA/HAV 12:45PM-1:45PM 9 folks will depart on:

March 13 SWQ 307 MIA/HAV 1:00pm-2:00pm (thus there is only a 15 minute difference).

12:50 pm: Charter departs Miami for Havana 9 must arrive for Visa and passport control by 10:00 a.m.

2:30 p.m. Arrive Havana Airport go through customs After clearing customs, we will proceed by private motor coach to the Havana Libre, our accommodation Upon arrival, we will enjoy a welcome cocktail reception at the hotel.

3:30 p.m. arrive at Hotel Libre!

4:00 p.m. Dr. Gilderbloom provides a brief tour of the Neighborhood and where to find things so you can find your way back to the Hotel, we will also note some historic places as well as pointing out convenient mini-marts for toiletries, water and snacks.

5:00 p.m. Art Deco in Cuba—visiting the Bacardi Building and other examples of Havana Art Deco led by Dr. Gilderbloom. We will also visit Ilderfonsa Someillan between Espada and Hospital Centro Habana 7:00 p.m. Evening: Dinner at Dinner at El Aljibe Included

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Evening : Dinner at the Hotel Naçional included Departures: Hotel Lobby. We will likely walk there since it is a nice stroll and lots of music too. Its very good place to eat.

March 15 Tuesday 9:00 am – 11:30 a.m.

Medical Care/ Farming in Cuba:

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Evening: Dinner at Paladar Havana Included Departures: at 5:30 p.m. Hotel Lobby La Cocina de Lilliam**** (Calle 48 No. 1311, between 13 and 15 Playa in Miramar, (29-6514; lunch is noon to 3:00 p.m. and dinner 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.; closed on Saturdays) Washington Post claims that this is the best restaurant in Cuba. They are right. I think the lamb (not on the menu) and Cuban string beef are best. My friends also thought the fish was great. The food is inexpensive -- about $15 per person with drink Dining is outdoors in a beautiful garden but the wait is not long any more since they only take reservations. We would suggest ordering family style, which allows you to try a variety of plates. I also thought the bread served was the best I have had in Cuba and perhaps some of the best bread I have ever tasted. Bread and pastry in Cuba is not very good but this is fabulous. Thank you Washington Post! I have been turned away twice when I did not have reservations. Very frustrating! You need to make reservations two days in advance. Taxi ride back and forth from La Rampa area should come to around $12 and they can get you a cab on the way back. I give this place two 10's for food and atmosphere! The house is also notable for its architecture and if you ask they will give you a tour. I love this place. This is also the favorite of our tour groups beating out the others listed on this guide. The place has several well-known out of uniform Cuban leaders as patrons. This is a very popular restaurant with Italian tourists.

March 16 Wednesday 9:00 am – 1015 a.m.: Centro Habana San Lazaro and Animas Solimar Building & the artist Salvador We will visit his studio and outdoor sculpture garden. He is the subject of a PBS documentary.

10:30 a.m..: Meeting and Reception at the U.S. Interests Section (arranged by Dr. Gilderbloom; we are working with Congressman Yarmuth’ s office to

arrange this.) Here is the information you will need for your upcoming Embassy visit:

1. Please plan to arrive at the main entrance (near the plaza with many flagpoles) 20 minutes before your briefing appointment to pass through the security process.

2. Each participant must present his/her passport for entry.

3. Notepads are permitted in the meeting room; bags and electronics will be checked in the lobby with our security guards.

4. The briefing officer will present a general overview of topics of interest to most groups (usually 20-30 minutes), then will take questions from the group (also 20-30 minutes, for a total of an hour).

5. Briefings are informative and candid, with time for unscripted questions. In order to be able to offer this courtesy, all briefings are completely off the record.

2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Late Afternoon: Museum of the Revolution Near the Capitolo by Avenue of de las Missionies and Tejadillo (Learn why and how the revolution happened up close.) and Contemporary Arts Museum of Wifred Lam

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La Ferminia**** ( No. 18107 5ta Avenue entre 182 y 184, Miramar, Playa.

Telephone: 33-6786) This restaurant is one of the best in all of Cuba. The fried prawns were excellent. The service, ambiance, and food all rank as a ten. The best deal is the all you can eat luncheon which goes for $12.95 (you must sit outside in the garden to get this bargain; otherwise, they will try to charge you $29.95. Go with an empty stomach. The barbecue was not only some of the best meat I have been served in Cuba but would rank up with any top quality Houston or Kansas City rib restaurant. I also enjoy the breaded prawns which are light and flavorful. I can't wait to go back and eat there again! Of some note is that the restaurant is located in a spectacular mansion with beautiful gardens. The musical groups have improved tremendously with several recording artists playing for one dollar tips. This is the restaurant that Castro often eats at and where top foreign diplomats eat. I would rank this a ten for food, ambiance and service. Perhaps my favorite restaurant on the island! Go here as your backup restaurant when the wait for the other small family restaurants is too long. This place claims it can serve 300 folks at a time. Later at night they have a fashion show. Since my last review the musical group which I was critical of is gone and a new group is now here -- a tremendous improvement.

March 17, Thursday: Rural Cuba Farming land and water Las Terrazas (bring your swim suit) This is a good example of doing aqua farming on water.

9:00 am – 3:00 pm: Las Terrazas, Lunch Included and swim after in the Hawaiian like waterfalls.

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La Chansonnier (J % 13 y 15, Telephone: 32-1576. Within walking distance of La Rampa and Gringo Viejo). Cigar Aficionado called La Chansonnier one of the nine best restaurants in Cuba. This time, they are right! We finally agree. With the move to a historic mansion, La Chansonnier ambiance, food, and setting make this a "10." Even better news, you never have to wait to get a table.

Interestingly, the restaurant was started by a French chef who came here on a vacation, fell in love and never returned to France. The best news is that it is inexpensive which means you can get a meal for two for around $35 including beer or wine. We thought the roasted rabbit and grilled lamb were very good. It is a place where powerful people often go to eat -- especially from the news media.

This continues to be a favorite of mine and I rank it among the top five in Cuba.

This place is gay friendly.


Gringo Viejo (Calle 21 No 454 e/E y F, Vedado. Telephone: 32-6150 -- open from noon until 11:00 p.m.). This is my latest discovery and I love this place. The food is great, affordable, and the staff quick to meet your needs. The owner is warm and friendly. This restaurant has a Western/Cowboy theme, which seems a bit bizarre when you are in Cuba. The food was so good I came here three nights in a row after being turned away at my other favorite restaurants -- La Cocina de Lilliam and Pizzeria El Farallon. I had rabbit one night, which was great and matched the quality of a French restaurant in Paris -- seriously. Another night, I had their famous lamb dish that was awesome. Finally, I had the roasted chicken, which is rare in Cuba, since almost every restaurant likes to fry everything. For a great Paladar, I did not have to wait in two of my visits and the third visit required a 45-minute wait. This restaurant is a popular place for gays, Americans, and Mexicans. This is not listed in your guidebooks. I give this restaurant a ten for food and atmosphere a nine. The owners played the Beatles and Rolling Stones that kept the place rocking. This place continues to be a big favorite among participants. This is a small family run restaurant with only 12 seats.

March 18 Friday 9:00 am – 10:15 a.m.

Visit the City Historian Leal in Old Havana. They are involved in preservation work

Here is the information you requested:

Leal Spengler. (fre 020898)


Office of the Havana Historian Office led by Leal


Calle San Pedro esq. a Obra Pía Habana Vieja. CP. 10100 Telephone number for the Institution: (53-7) 7863 9862 / 7862 6522 Fax: (53-7) 7866 8075 His Email: historiador@ohc.cu / ohc@ohc.cu Miguel Antonio Padrón Lotti.

Institución: Instituto de Planificación Física Institution of Physical Planning (Urban Planning) Email Address: padron123@gmail.com

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