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Italian grandmas are the best cooks: readers’ views

‘Go and see Cuba… before it all changes’

Following news that America is going to ease restrictions on visiting Cuba (“14 sights to catch before Cuba changes forever” and “20 destinations for 2015”, December 27), I recalled a visit to the island seven years ago (when Fidel Castro was already said to be close to death), and it is a remarkable place: one of those locations where travel truly broadens the mind. On the one hand, the place itself is stunning and the photos do it real justice (Viñales is a good example). On the other hand, the politics is stifling; one guide candidly described Havana as “a city of one million people and two million police” – and woe betide anyone who drives past a police car at over 15mph.

The people all get the same salary unless they work in the tourist industry, in which case they get tipped in “international pesos”, which enables them to buy things Cuban pesos can’t – jeans, trainers, iPods, etc.

The children are well-educated and well-fed but the farmers barely scratch a living and have to sell butter by the side of the road to make ends meet.

Is it perfect? No. Is it unique? Probably yes. Is it a time capsule? Definitely. Go see it for yourself before the Americans arrive.

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Car hire horrors

Gill Charlton’s exposé of bad practices from a car hire company in the Canary Islands (“I ran over a rock, and was charged almost £3,000”, December 6) rang bells. My advice is always to take out your own British-based excess insurance. There are plenty of firms that charge around £50 a year for unlimited hires of up to 30 days. Don’t ever take out hire companies’ top-up insurance, and always pay the deposit on credit card. Then you are covered for everything with no excess. Companies do pay up; I’ve chipped a couple of windscreens and they paid out the €400 within weeks.

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I had a similar experience in Lanzarote earlier this year. I hired a car through Holiday Autos in Britain – the hire company on the island was Orlando. When I picked the car up, there were several small scratches which I pointed out. When I returned it, nobody was there but I left the car where they had asked. Several days later my credit card was charged £500. Holiday Autos didn’t want to know. The hire firm wouldn’t answer my emails or calls. In the end I contacted the credit card company for a charge back. It took several months but I got my money refunded in the end.

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Try Bydgoszcz

Following your report about BA expanding its services to Poland (Travel News, November 15), I suggest an alternative to the obvious city destinations of Kraków, Warsaw and Gdansk: Bydgoszcz. At the confluence of the Brda and Vistula rivers, the city offers riverside walks, an opera house, lots of bars, restaurants and pretty shops and a museum covering the history of soap. Prices are very reasonable too.

David Stubbs

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Beautifully transected on the Danube, the Hungarian capital is a city of two halves – gritty urban Pest and leafy, airy Buda. It’s city of Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman elegance; creamy cakes and Tokai wine. It is also a city of natural hot springs – perfect for rejuvenation and relaxation at the start of another year.

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