Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Ha. For those who know me, this is a rare photo, and not for what I'm doing with my left hand. I'm just stirring the pot, actually, I'm stirring the lobster spaghetti sauce for our final supper on our Cuba trip.

On our second last night in Cuba, we had BBQ lobster. The left overs went into the spaghetti sauce the next night (see photo above).

Las cebollas y ajo. Onion and garlic for sale along side the road in Cuba - lots, everywhere.

Cuban BBQ lunch at the resort in Cayo Coco.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Here are a few photos of the non-touristo section of Santiago de Cuba. These are vibrant, normally, though very rundown neighbourhoods, but on the day I was there, everyone, almost, was a few blocks away for the all day street parties on May 1.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

The old Bacardi rum plant in Santiago de Cuba has been abandoned for some time since Bacardi left Cuba for the US. The water tower at the old plant is in the shape of a Bacardi rum bottle.

The delivery truck gate at the Bacardi plant clearly shows the years of neglect and lack of use. Notice the absence of graffiti - in North America this gate would be slammed with graffiti!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Cuba is inundated with these bland Russian designed and built apartment buildings. Most haven't seen paint in decades. Even little remote towns throughout the island have these eyesores.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Havana Cadillac - what model and year? It certainly has been "amended" over the past 50 years or so.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Well, with the crappy spring weather we're having right now, going down to 5C this afternoon, I'm remembering fondly lying under this palm in Santiago de Cuba a few weeks ago when it was a beautiful 33C.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Taken at Cayo Coco, Cuba. I have no idea why these rails would be here at the edge of the sea.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

This is an evening beach shot taken near Trinidad de Cuba on the Island's southern shore.

Monday, May 23, 2011

After reading the news this morning about the tornado that demolished Missouri, I was looking at some of my Cuba photos and found this one. This was taken in Las Tunas in central Cuba just before a bit of rain. The huge difference is that this tornado looking funnel has nothing to do with a tornado; it's smoke from a fire that briefly looked like a tornado.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

They're installed; now it's time to load 'em up.

The granite counter guys are s'possed to come in this week to make a template for the counter tops, then it will be backsplash time.

Risto and Rick relax after the final clean up. The cabinets are great; Risto did a fabulous job!!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Yesterday, Risto completed the installation of the upper cabinets in our kitchen. To say we are pleased would be an understatement. Today - the lowers go in.

I went out for a shakedown cruise in the Fortuitous yesterday afternoon. What a fabulous day to be on the lake. It looks even better today!!

Friday, May 20, 2011

This happening right now 10:30am in our kitchen. Risto just arrived to install our new kitchen.

All ready to be set up.

Photos later today to show progress.

This is a beautiful "baby boomer" American car in Playa Larga at the bay of Pigs in Cuba. What make, model and year is it? Mr. FKIA?

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Trinidad de Cuba, on the south side of the island, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and dates back to the 1500s.

For a small town, it has some pretty amazing architecture.

Few of the buildings have been painted recently, but lots are painted in typical Caribean pastel colours.

All the streets in the old part of town are stone or cobbled, but not like the European type of cobbles which in comparison are neat and orderly - they are impossibly random.

Many of the building have had some work to preserve them, but some look like they are "in line" for preservation.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Here are some more photos of the palace in Cienfuegos posted yesterday. This is the main room on the first floor that is now used as a restaurant.

At the foot of the main stairs leading to the 2nd floor is a piano, and as groups of tourists appear this elderly woman plays some jazz and classical music and sings - very cool!

The view from the roof deck looking over the bay.

This is the main canopy area on the roof deck.

In the center of this photo beyond the tree line is an old Russian nuclear plant similar to the Chernobyl reactor. The glaring difference is that this one was never completed as it was abandoned when the Russians pulled out of Cuba in the early 90s. Since then, it has been totally neglected, left to the ravages of time as the Cubans have no money or expertise to finish it.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Cienfuegos in southern Cuba is a beautiful city. It was founded in the early 1800s by the French and is a UNESCO World Heritage site because of its architecture. The photos posted here are of the Palacia de Valle (Valle's Palace), a fabulous building of which I'll post more photos.

A view over the bay from the roof of the palace.

This was taken from across the street looking at the palace.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

How do you get around in Havana? Well, one way is to cram the family into a pre 1959 American car, rust free, with 17th generation higher riding shocks that are almost worn out, bald tires, and a black smoke belching under-perfroming diesel engine.

Behind the demonstration area, stand, stage and huge array of Cuban flags is the U.S. Embassy. The apparent theme here, from both sides, is basically "up yours!"

Saturday, May 14, 2011

We went to the Bay of Pigs 2 weeks after the 50th anniversary of the invasion, so the signs in this post are either new or freshly painted.

This is the gate area of the huge Zapata swamp where the invaders got bogged down.

More propaganda signs.

I'm not sure of the name of this tree, but there are a lot of these trees everywhere in Cuba, and they are also yellow and other light pastel colours.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Havana mangos, not yet ripe, but when they are, oh so yummy!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Marsha and Liuba walking on the shores of the Bay of Pigs at Playa Larga, the same beaches the "Cuban" fighters landed at in the failed Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961, exactly 50 years and 2 weeks before this picture was taken.

A 1934 Ford waits on the beach while its occupants enjoy a beach day.

This is a one man machine gun bunker, now sealed, that was constructed on the beach after the Bay of Pigs invasion. There were no such defenses prior to the invasion.

This is another sealed up machine gun bunker similar to the one above. There were also cement tank "stoppers" along the beach and near the road to prevent invading tanks from moving around, also constructed after the invasion.