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.
Monday, May 30, 2011
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.
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Friday, May 27, 2011
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
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.
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.
Friday, May 20, 2011
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thursday, May 12, 2011
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.