It's been my long time wish to visit Cuba while Fidel Castro is still in power. This came true in November 2007, when I spent a week in Havana. It was as if I was thrown back to the fifties, but in a most enjoyable way. As a car enthusiast I was especially thrilled by the number and variety of old American cars, still in everyday service on the streets. My base, Hotel Nacional de Cuba was also like an echo from bygone era. This landmark hotel stores the still warm memories of the illustrious women and men who visited the island in the last century.