Return to Havana

Cienfuegos to Havana, Cuba, 8 September 2016

.

I am back from Sabah. Mostly there was no internet and no time so there will be no temporary posts. I will start with posts on Sabah soon but first here is the final post on the tour in Cuba. Jools and I stayed on for some extra days in Havana and we will return to that after the Sabah posts.

.

Architecture, Cars, Cienfuegos, Cuba, Havana, Horses, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Travel

Early in the morning in Cienfuegos, here are two people fishing with a freighter behind them.

.

Architecture, Cars, Cienfuegos, Cuba, Havana, Horses, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Travel

A little later, trimming the verges with machetes.

.

Architecture, Cars, Cienfuegos, Cuba, Havana, Horses, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Travel

This is the hotel where we were staying.

.

Architecture, Cars, Cienfuegos, Cuba, Havana, Horses, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Travel

“It is the ideas that make us a fighting people.”

.
Architecture, Cars, Cienfuegos, Cuba, Havana, Horses, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Travel

I think this is a Zetor tractor from Czechoslovakia.

.

Architecture, Cars, Cienfuegos, Cuba, Havana, Horses, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Travel

Quite a few horses and carts on the roads..

.

Architecture, Cars, Cienfuegos, Cuba, Havana, Horses, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Travel

Roadside house.

.
Architecture, Cars, Cienfuegos, Cuba, Havana, Horses, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Travel

IOM3 tractor from Belarus and military truck.

.

Architecture, Cars, Cienfuegos, Cuba, Havana, Horses, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Travel

Same military truck and horse & cart.

.

Architecture, Cars, Cienfuegos, Cuba, Havana, Horses, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Travel

Horse and cart, truck and turkey vulture.

.

Architecture, Cars, Cienfuegos, Cuba, Havana, Horses, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Travel

Probably a Chev.

.

Architecture, Cars, Cienfuegos, Cuba, Havana, Horses, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Travel

More horses and carts …

.

Architecture, Cars, Cienfuegos, Cuba, Havana, Horses, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Travel

We meet again …

.

Architecture, Cars, Cienfuegos, Cuba, Havana, Horses, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Travel

On the road again.

(though neither Canned Heat nor Floyd Jones in evidence).

This image and the previous six were all taken within about ten minutes, mainly from the bus.

.

Architecture, Cars, Cienfuegos, Cuba, Havana, Horses, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Travel

Roadside shop for onions and garlic.

.

Architecture, Cars, Cienfuegos, Cuba, Havana, Horses, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Travel

Band at our hotel in Havana (Hotel Santa Isabel).

.

Architecture, Cars, Cienfuegos, Cuba, Havana, Horses, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Travel

On the streets in Havana.

.

Architecture, Cars, Cienfuegos, Cuba, Havana, Horses, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Travel

View including Castillo de la Fuerza Real.

.

Architecture, Cars, Cienfuegos, Cuba, Havana, Horses, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Travel

Looking down from the hotel room.

.

Architecture, Cars, Cienfuegos, Cuba, Havana, Horses, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Travel

People are sitting round on the street to use the hotel’s wifi.

.

Architecture, Cars, Cienfuegos, Cuba, Havana, Horses, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Travel

Castillo de la Fuerza Real.

.

Architecture, Cars, Cienfuegos, Cuba, Havana, Horses, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Travel

Taxi.

.

Architecture, Cars, Cienfuegos, Cuba, Havana, Horses, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Travel

Street corner with sunset approaching.

.

Architecture, Cars, Cienfuegos, Cuba, Havana, Horses, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Travel

On the street, after dark.

.

Architecture, Cars, Cienfuegos, Cuba, Havana, Horses, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Travel .

.

Architecture, Cars, Cienfuegos, Cuba, Havana, Horses, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Travel

The wifi zone again, this time at night in the rain.

.

Sabah Itinerary

1 May to 15 May 2019.
.

Kota Kinabalu, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Sabah, Sabah Itinerary, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife

My partner Jools and I are about to embark on a trip to Sabah.  It is a two-week wildlife tour, organised by NatureArt Lab, based in Canberra.  In due course I will post for each part of the journey and there will be links to those posts below.  I may produce some temporary posts as I go but only if I have sufficient time.  Final posts will appear later (and I still have to finish final posts for Cuba and the Caribbean).

Links for summary posts and then final posts will appear under the maps in due course.

.

Kota Kinabalu, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Sabah, Sabah Itinerary, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife

There is a great profusion of wildlife in Sabah which is much less affected by logging than Sarawak and Kalimantan.  There should be much to see including orangutans, sun bears, pygmy elephants, proboscis monkeys, hornbills, spectacular butterflies and remarkable vegetation such as orchids and the giant rafflesia flowers.

Using the letters from the map above (click it if you need to see more detail):

  • (a) We arrive in Kota Kinabalu Airport
  • (b) We spend a couple of days in and around Kota Kinabalu, the capital and largest city of Sabah
  • (c)  Cool rainforest in Mount Kinabalu (everywhere else we go will be hot and humid)
  • (d)  Different birds, insects and animals at Poring Hot Springs and staying the night in a Tea Plantation.
  • (e)  Sepilok Rainforest Discovery Centre, Borneo Sun Bear Conservation Centre and the Orang-utan Rehabilitation Centre
  • (f)  Photography from a boat on the Kinabatangan River
  • (g)  Tabin Wildlife Reserve
  • (h)  Fly out from Lahad Datu Airport.

 

Links to Posts (most yet to come):

 

Cienfuegos

Cienfuegos, Cuba, 7 September 2016

.

Architecture, Cars, Cienfuegos, Cuba, Horses, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Travel

We headed off from Trinidad de Cuba to Cienfuegos.

.

Architecture, Cars, Cienfuegos, Cuba, Horses, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Travel

The passenger in the cart with his bicycle is lucky the truck isn’t heading into the wind.

.

Architecture, Cars, Cienfuegos, Cuba, Horses, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Travel .

.

Architecture, Cars, Cienfuegos, Cuba, Horses, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Travel .

.

Architecture, Cars, Cienfuegos, Cuba, Horses, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Travel .

.

Architecture, Cars, Cienfuegos, Cuba, Horses, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Travel

Roadside billboard quoting Ché:  “May the hardness of these times not make us lose the tenderness of our hearts. Ever onward to victory”.

.

Architecture, Cars, Cienfuegos, Cuba, Horses, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Travel

We are now in the outskirts of Cienfuegos.

.

Architecture, Cars, Cienfuegos, Cuba, Horses, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Travel .

.

Architecture, Cars, Cienfuegos, Cuba, Horses, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Travel .

.

Architecture, Cars, Cienfuegos, Cuba, Horses, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Travel .

.

Architecture, Cars, Cienfuegos, Cuba, Horses, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Travel

Some of the cars are smaller than others.

.

Architecture, Cars, Cienfuegos, Cuba, Horses, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Travel

Views from our hotel room…

.

Architecture, Cars, Cienfuegos, Cuba, Horses, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Travel .

.

Architecture, Cars, Cienfuegos, Cuba, Horses, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Travel .

Architecture, Cars, Cienfuegos, Cuba, Horses, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Travel

We are now in Palacio Ferrer, at the edge of Parque José Marti.

.

Architecture, Cars, Cienfuegos, Cuba, Horses, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Travel

It was built between 1917 and 1918, initially as a family residence.

.

Architecture, Cars, Cienfuegos, Cuba, Horses, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Travel

Looking down past Parque José Marti from the top of Palacio Ferrer.

The area around Cienfuegos was a Taino (Indian) settlement in the early period of Spanish occupation.  They were decimated mainly by disease but communities survive in the mountains.  Cienfuegos was founded by French immigrants in 1819 and thus has a French influence unusual for Cuba.  The centre of Cienfuegos is a World Heritage Area, representing “the best extant example of early 19th century Spanish Enlightenment implementation in urban planning”.

.

Architecture, Cars, Cienfuegos, Cuba, Horses, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Travel

Catedral de la Purisma Conception.

.

Architecture, Cars, Cienfuegos, Cuba, Horses, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Travel

Palacio de Gobierno.

.

Architecture, Cars, Cienfuegos, Cuba, Horses, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Travel

We walked down to the harbour.

.

Architecture, Cars, Cienfuegos, Cuba, Horses, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Travel

On the harbour-front promenade.

.

Architecture, Cars, Cienfuegos, Cuba, Horses, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Travel

There was a group of people doing curious exercises on a road beside the harbour.

.

Architecture, Cars, Cienfuegos, Cuba, Horses, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Travel .

.

Architecture, Cars, Cienfuegos, Cuba, Horses, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Travel .

.

Architecture, Cars, Cienfuegos, Cuba, Horses, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Travel .

.

Architecture, Cars, Cienfuegos, Cuba, Horses, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Travel

Sunlight through the clouds as evening approaches.

.

There are more posts on Cuba and on the Caribbean to come, but this will be the last for a little while as I am off on a short trip in a few days.  More on that tomorrow.

.

Trinidad de Cuba

Trinidad de Cuba, Cuba, 6 September 2016

.

Art, Cars, Cuba, Horses, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Travel, Trinidad de Cuba, Wildlife

Due to the fiascos of our tour organisation, instead of spending time in forests and waterfalls, we spent the day in the town of Trinidad de Cuba,  This turned out to be a good thing.

.

Art, Cars, Cuba, Horses, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Travel, Trinidad de Cuba, Wildlife

This is a 1957 Plymouth.  It says so on the windscreen.

.

Art, Cars, Cuba, Horses, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Travel, Trinidad de Cuba, Wildlife

This is a town of many tractors.

.

Art, Cars, Cuba, Horses, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Travel, Trinidad de Cuba, Wildlife

Cathedral clock tower in the background.

.

Art, Cars, Cuba, Horses, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Travel, Trinidad de Cuba, Wildlife

Band in the Plaza Major.

.

Art, Cars, Cuba, Horses, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Travel, Trinidad de Cuba, Wildlife

People on the streets.

.

Art, Cars, Cuba, Horses, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Travel, Trinidad de Cuba, Wildlife

It is Cuba’s best preserved old colonial town and the centre area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

.

Art, Cars, Cuba, Horses, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Travel, Trinidad de Cuba, Wildlife

Musicians for sale rather than for hire.

.

Art, Cars, Cuba, Horses, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Travel, Trinidad de Cuba, Wildlife .

.

Art, Cars, Cuba, Horses, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Travel, Trinidad de Cuba, Wildlife

Local gallery and hostal or B&B.

.

Art, Cars, Cuba, Horses, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Travel, Trinidad de Cuba, Wildlife

Market near the Plaza Major.

.

Art, Cars, Cuba, Horses, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Travel, Trinidad de Cuba, Wildlife

It’s an Anole, perhaps Allison’s Anole ( / Blue-Headed Anole).

.

Art, Cars, Cuba, Horses, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Travel, Trinidad de Cuba, Wildlife .

.

Art, Cars, Cuba, Horses, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Travel, Trinidad de Cuba, Wildlife .

.

Art, Cars, Cuba, Horses, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Travel, Trinidad de Cuba, Wildlife .

.

Art, Cars, Cuba, Horses, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Travel, Trinidad de Cuba, Wildlife

.

.

Art, Cars, Cuba, Horses, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Travel, Trinidad de Cuba, Wildlife

1952 Ford.  loading up to leave a B&B,.

.

Art, Cars, Cuba, Horses, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Travel, Trinidad de Cuba, Wildlife

The beauty and the beast, maybe.

.

Art, Cars, Cuba, Horses, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Travel, Trinidad de Cuba, Wildlife

1954 Chevrolet.

.

Art, Cars, Cuba, Horses, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Travel, Trinidad de Cuba, Wildlife

Not everyone drives cars …

.

Art, Cars, Cuba, Horses, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Travel, Trinidad de Cuba, Wildlife

… or rides horses….

.

Art, Cars, Cuba, Horses, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Travel, Trinidad de Cuba, Wildlife

Trinidad de Cuba was founded in 1514 and Cortes recruited here and left from here on his conquest of the Aztec Empire.

.

.

Art, Cars, Cuba, Horses, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Travel, Trinidad de Cuba, Wildlife .

.

Art, Cars, Cuba, Horses, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Travel, Trinidad de Cuba, Wildlife .

.

Art, Cars, Cuba, Horses, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Travel, Trinidad de Cuba, Wildlife .

.

Art, Cars, Cuba, Horses, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Travel, Trinidad de Cuba, Wildlife

We also stopped by at a beach a few kilometres from Trinidad de Cuba – Playa Ancon.

.

Havana to Topes de Collantes

Havana to Topes de Collantes, Cuba, 5 September 2016

.

Cars, Cuba, Havana, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Topes de Collantes, Travel

This is on the street near our hotel.  Note the interesting variety of objects hung out to dry on the balcony.

.

Cars, Cuba, Havana, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Topes de Collantes, Travel

Before leaving Havana, we visited the Gran Teatro de Habana, or the Opera House.

.

Cars, Cuba, Havana, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Topes de Collantes, Travel .

.

Cars, Cuba, Havana, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Topes de Collantes, Travel .

.

Cars, Cuba, Havana, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Topes de Collantes, Travel

On the street, outside.

.

Cars, Cuba, Havana, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Topes de Collantes, Travel

1954 Chevrolet.

I still had time to photograph a few more old cars before we left.

.

Cars, Cuba, Havana, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Topes de Collantes, Travel

1952 Ford.

.

Cars, Cuba, Havana, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Topes de Collantes, Travel .

.

Cars, Cuba, Havana, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Topes de Collantes, Travel

?

.

Cars, Cuba, Havana, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Topes de Collantes, Travel

So we headed off to Topes de Collantes.  On the way we were passed by a 1959 Chevrolet Impala.

.

Cars, Cuba, Havana, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Topes de Collantes, Travel

This is our driver.

.

Cars, Cuba, Havana, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Topes de Collantes, Travel

Sign along the way.

.

Cars, Cuba, Havana, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Topes de Collantes, Travel

We were closer to Australia than we had thought.

.

 

Cars, Cuba, Havana, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Topes de Collantes, Travel

It can be difficult taking photographs from a moving vehicle.  There can be a high failure rate from failure to point the camera to the correct place and achieve focus as we whiz along.

.

Cars, Cuba, Havana, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Topes de Collantes, Travel .

.

Cars, Cuba, Havana, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Topes de Collantes, Travel .

.

Cars, Cuba, Havana, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Topes de Collantes, Travel .

.

Cars, Cuba, Havana, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Topes de Collantes, Travel

Topes de Collantes is a National Park south of Havana.  This is a view from a lookout.

.

Cars, Cuba, Havana, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Topes de Collantes, Travel

This was the point that the wheels started to fall off the tour.  Cuba was fantastic and our local guides were wonderful but the organisation was at times woeful. The organiser had failed to research the most basic fact that US credit cards aren’t accepted in Cuba as a reaction to the embargo.  Consequently by this point he had run out of money. Our schedule said that the next day we were to go to walk in rainforest and see some waterfalls but it didn’t happen because he could not afford to hire a bus.  Jools and I made our own travel arrangements to get to Cuba but the others didn’t and he borrowed thousands of dollars from them for their flights, promising to pay them back after the tour.  Some of them sued him and got their money back; others didn’t sue and didn’t get any money back.  At the end of the tour he was facing being barred from leaving Cuba until he eventually found a way to pay the guides.

Still, as I say, all that wasn’t the fault of Cuba and Cuba was wonderful.

More Havana Cars

Havana, Cuba, 5 September 2016

.
This morning we spent some timr in Parque Central, viewing the massed display of cars awaiting customers.

.

Cars, Cuba, Havana, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Travel

The purple car is a 1953 Pontiac.

 

.

Cars, Cuba, Havana, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Travel

These cars look as though they’re parked against the kerb.

.

Cars, Cuba, Havana, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Travel

But they’re not.  this is the same line of cars from the other side.

.

Cars, Cuba, Havana, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Travel

1957 Dodge.

.

Cars, Cuba, Havana, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Travel

1953 Chevrolet.

.

Cars, Cuba, Havana, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Travel

Model A Ford, 1932 or earlier, and 1953 Chevrolet.

.

Cars, Cuba, Havana, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Travel

Model A Ford.

.

Cars, Cuba, Havana, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Travel

Don’t know.

.

Cars, Cuba, Havana, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Travel

1951 Pontiac Continental.

.

Cars, Cuba, Havana, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Travel .

.

Cars, Cuba, Havana, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Travel .

.

Cars, Cuba, Havana, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Travel .

Cars, Cuba, Havana, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Travel

1954 Chevrolet.

.

Cars, Cuba, Havana, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Travel

1953 Chevrolet.

.

Cars, Cuba, Havana, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Travel

Gran Teatro de Habana in the background.

.

Cars, Cuba, Havana, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Travel

1958 Pontiac (though the letters seem to say Lontiac).

.

Cars, Cuba, Havana, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Travel

1955 Chevrolet.

.

Cars, Cuba, Havana, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Travel .

.

Cars, Cuba, Havana, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Travel

?.

.

Cars, Cuba, Havana, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Travel .

.

Cars, Cuba, Havana, Live Music, Photography, Street photography, Travel

1952 Chevrolet.

.

René Peña

Havana, Cuba, 3 September 2016

.

Architecture, Art, Cars, Cuba, Havana, Photography, René Peña, Street photography, Travel

We were fortunate to be able to visit the studio of the renowned Cuban Photographer René Peña.

.

Architecture, Art, Cars, Cuba, Havana, Photography, René Peña, Street photography, Travel

.

.

Architecture, Art, Cars, Cuba, Havana, Photography, René Peña, Street photography, Travel

We received a fascinating account of the insights he converts into photographs.

.

Architecture, Art, Cars, Cuba, Havana, Photography, René Peña, Street photography, Travel.

.

Architecture, Art, Cars, Cuba, Havana, Photography, René Peña, Street photography, Travel

Though based in Cuba, he has exhibited in Spain, Italy and the US as well as Cuba.

.

Architecture, Art, Cars, Cuba, Havana, Photography, René Peña, Street photography, Travel .

.

Architecture, Art, Cars, Cuba, Havana, Photography, René Peña, Street photography, Travel

Here is another link that includes a short video.

.

.

Architecture, Art, Cars, Cuba, Havana, Photography, René Peña, Street photography, Travel .

.

Architecture, Art, Cars, Cuba, Havana, Photography, René Peña, Street photography, Travel

Back in the open air: 1956 Chevrolet in the foreground; Fidel in the background.

.

Architecture, Art, Cars, Cuba, Havana, Photography, René Peña, Street photography, Travel

Small motorcycle in front of Jose Marti monument in Revolution Square.

.

Architecture, Art, Cars, Cuba, Havana, Photography, René Peña, Street photography, Travel

Jose Marti was a leader of the Cuban Independence Movement in the nineteenth century, which included three wars.  He died in battle in 1895.

.

Architecture, Art, Cars, Cuba, Havana, Photography, René Peña, Street photography, Travel

Che.

.

Architecture, Art, Cars, Cuba, Havana, Photography, René Peña, Street photography, Travel

1950 Chevrolet in the foreground; Fidel in the background.

.

Architecture, Art, Cars, Cuba, Havana, Photography, René Peña, Street photography, Travel

1951 Chevrolet.

.

Architecture, Art, Cars, Cuba, Havana, Photography, René Peña, Street photography, Travel

Back in the old town.

.

Architecture, Art, Cars, Cuba, Havana, Photography, René Peña, Street photography, Travel

Later in the evening, we are heading back from dinner in a taxi.

.

Architecture, Art, Cars, Cuba, Havana, Photography, René Peña, Street photography, Travel

At times my mind was wandering.

.

Architecture, Art, Cars, Cuba, Havana, Photography, René Peña, Street photography, Travel

Now in the harbour promenade under streetlights.

.

Architecture, Art, Cars, Cuba, Havana, Photography, René Peña, Street photography, Travel

Taken by the taxi driver.

.