Beyoncé and Jay-Z have been married for five whole years now, so where better to commemorate their anniversary but… Cuba? The couple took their mothers with them to Havana this week, where they went out to lavish meals, posed for pictures with the locals and wore a bizarre array of animal print clothing and accessories.
On Wednesday night, they dined at La Guarida – where Jack Nicholson and Jodie Foster have previously eaten – and waitress Silvia Fernandez described Beyoncé as “beautiful, without a drop of make-up, very natural” and added: “What happened with the people was incredible.”
From The AP (via The Miami Herald):
On Thursday the couple toured colonial Old Havana wearing dark glasses and surrounded by bodyguards and excited fans. Beyonce posed for pictures with local schoolchildren while Jay-Z puffed on a Cuban cigar, and then they popped into another restaurant that boasts a rooftop terrace with a sweeping view of the harbor.
Beyoncé and Jay-Z declined to speak to reporters, and it was not clear why they traveled to Cuba. State-run website CubaSi called it a tourist trip.
Washington’s 51-year embargo makes it illegal for US citizens to visit Cuba for mere tourism, although tens of thousands of Americans travel here each year on academic, religious, journalistic or cultural exchange licenses. In the past, artists who were challenged by the government have said they visited for cultural purposes.