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2.0 out of 5 stars
Book's useful but waited over a week for it to be delivered., 1 Jan. 2014
Actually I'm reviewing the Lonely Planet guide that I eventually bought from Waterstones. The guide that I ordered through Amazon arrived at my address AFTER I left for Cuba. As far as Lonely Planet guides are concerned I find them patronising when they keep banging on about the distinction between 'travellers' and 'tourists' . I've never seen a box to tick on a visa or immigration form that includes 'travellers'. Comments such as "under the tourist" radar I find offensive. Moreover the information in the guides is often inaccurate. Refer to page 317 - Cafe Cuidad " ...this lovely 'new' colonial cafe... melds grandiosity with great service and comes out emulating anything in Havana Vieja, try the jamon serano( cured ham )..." Sorry. The service is indifferent, the jamon serano is unavailable and the place lacks charm. No way on God's earth can this cafe rank with those in Havana Vieja. And on page 318 - Cafeteria las Ruinas. "...Order a margarita and strike up a conversation with local street hawkers through the iron railings" Really! How many 'travellers' are fluent enough to follow this advise? I far prefer the Insight Guides.