Return to Havana

Cienfuegos to Havana, Cuba, 8 September 2016

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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.

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

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A little later, trimming the verges with machetes.

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This is the hotel where we were staying.

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

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I think this is a Zetor tractor from Czechoslovakia.

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Quite a few horses and carts on the roads..

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Roadside house.

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IOM3 tractor from Belarus and military truck.

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Same military truck and horse & cart.

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Horse and cart, truck and turkey vulture.

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Probably a Chev.

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More horses and carts …

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We meet again …

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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.

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Roadside shop for onions and garlic.

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

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On the streets in Havana.

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View including Castillo de la Fuerza Real.

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Looking down from the hotel room.

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

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Castillo de la Fuerza Real.

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Taxi.

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Street corner with sunset approaching.

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On the street, after dark.

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

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Cienfuegos

Cienfuegos, Cuba, 7 September 2016

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We headed off from Trinidad de Cuba to Cienfuegos.

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

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

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We are now in the outskirts of Cienfuegos.

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Some of the cars are smaller than others.

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Views from our hotel room…

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

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

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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”.

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Catedral de la Purisma Conception.

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Palacio de Gobierno.

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We walked down to the harbour.

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On the harbour-front promenade.

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

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Sunlight through the clouds as evening approaches.

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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.

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René Peña

Havana, Cuba, 3 September 2016

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

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

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

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Here is another link that includes a short video.

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

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

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

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Che.

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1950 Chevrolet in the foreground; Fidel in the background.

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1951 Chevrolet.

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Back in the old town.

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

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At times my mind was wandering.

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Now in the harbour promenade under streetlights.

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Taken by the taxi driver.

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Relics of the Cuban Missile Crisis

Havana, Cuba, 3 September 2016

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It’s early morning and this is the old city of Havana from the other side of the harbour.   There’s a fair amount of smoke coming from a factory funnel.  They probably don’t have the best pollution controls in Cuba so probably for the best that it’s not highly industrialised.

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El Capitolio (under renovation), built 1926 to 1929.

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A merchant ship beside some mostly derelict wharves.

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Some people, old cars and a horse and carriage in front of the Castillo de la Real Fuerza (Castle of the Royal Force), and someone in the foreground fishing.

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In 1959, this was Che Guevera’s home and command headquarters at a time when the revolutionaries captured the nearby Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabana (a little more on that below).

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It is not generally known that the Portuguese explorer Christopher Columbus and his men were actually midgets and the castles that they built have been adapted for different uses today.

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1955 Oldsmobile Starfire.

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We are now in the Museo Historico Militar, dedicated to artefacts of the Cuban Missile Crisis and this is a MIG 21.

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I think these must be anti-aircraft guns.

Younger readers may not be familiar with the Cuban Missile Crisis.  In October 1962, the US became aware that the Russians were building up batteries of ballistic missiles in Cuba, aimed at the US.  Kennedy resisted the military, and in particular the infamous Curtis LeMay and instead of bombing and invading Cuba, implemented a blockade.

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Remains of U2 spy plane.

Then near the end of October 1962, the Cubans shot down a U2 spy plane (actually, the order was given by a Soviet Lieutenant General).  The world appeared for a while to be poised on the edge of a nuclear war.

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More remains of U2 spy plane.

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Ballistic missile.

Fortunately, Kennedy faced down both the Russians and his own military.  Western media told us at the time that Kennedy’s machismo had forced Khrushchev to capitulate and withdraw but what actually happened was that there was a secret deal that the Soviets withdrew their missiles from America’s border in Cuba while the Americans withdrew their missiles from the Soviet border in Turkey.

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SA-75 anti-aircraft rocket, range 34 km.  Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabana in the background.

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Rear end of R-12 rocket (SSC-4) (replica).  700 to 2,100 km range with 1 megaton nuclear payload (77 timers more powerful than Hiroshima).

There was another noteworthy incident during the Cuban Missile Crisis.  US ships sent practice depth charges (with negligible explosive) near a Soviet submarine to try to persuade them to surface.  They sent messages to the submarine saying what they were doing but the submarine did not receive them.  Two of the three officers on board assumed that war had broken out and wanted to launch nuclear missiles.  The third and most senior officer vetoed the other two.  The submarine surfaced and steamed back to the Soviet Union.  Nuclear war did not happen that day.

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Sopka rocket (SSC-2) for anti-ship coastal defence.  80km range with conventional payload.

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Mig 21.

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Getting closer to the Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabana.

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Some musicians playing outside a Government Cigar Shop.  .

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Entrance of La Cabaña (Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabaña).

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The British occupied Cuba in 1762, during the Seven Years War.  In taking Havana, They demonstrated the vulnerability of the fortress of El Morro to an attack from the landHowever, a year later, under the Peace of Paris, they swapped Cuba for Florida. The Spanish then built La Cabaña between 1763 and 1774. You can see El Morro in the distance, where the lighthouse is.

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Sometimes cannons are not all they’re cracked up to be.

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We have moved along and this is now El Morro including the lighthouse Faro de Castillo del Morro.

El Morro was built in 1589 (the year after the Spanish Armada failed to reach Britain) to protect Havana from raid by privateers, French Dutch and English.

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Looking down on a gun emplacement, part of El Morro though outside the walls.

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Objects to purchase at a roadside market including wooden boxes, horses and cars.

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1953 Chevrolet.

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1953 Chevrolet.

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There’s a kindergarten or primary school here somewhere.

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Maybe the door of the hotel.

(The comment under the sixth image is an illustration of how internet memes start).

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Callejón de Hamel

Havana, Cuba, 2 September 2016

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This image is the odd one out because it is in the Cathedral.

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Our guides took us for a drive to Callejón de Hamel.

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This is a Havana street that is a work of art in itself.

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It is all the work of one person, Salvador Gonzáles Escalona.

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Except for this, which is called “Small cat sleeping” by Mother Cat.

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Though known as Afro-Cuban art, he describes his work as a mixture of surrealism, cubism and abstract art.

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It al;so references the Santería religion, brought by slaves from the West African religion of the Yoruba, and influenced by Roman Catholicism.

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He has been creating art works in Callejón de Hamel since 1990.

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This is a different kind of object of religious veneration.

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Nearby street scene.

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Definitely a place worth a visit.

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Havana Cars

Havana, Cuba, 2 September 2016

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Still on the same day as the last post, we are walking in Central Havana and there are lots of old cars around.  The blue car is probably a 1946 Oldsmobile.

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1956 Ford.

I’m not sure what the others were doing at the time but I found myself able to stand on a street corner.  We are on the corner of Infanta and Neptuno, out of the central city.  You have no doubt seen images of the immaculate old vehicles that tourists are offered rides in in the old city.  These are the cars that the ordinary people drive.

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Blue car maybe a 1947 Chevrolet.  Red car behind it is probably a Lada and the yellow car beside that is a Moskvich.

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The yellow and black taxi is a Lada, behind that an early 50s Ford, behind that probably a 1952 Chrysler.

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The green car going away is a Chev.  Don’t know what the blue car in the middle is.

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The red car is a 53 or 54 Chevrolet.

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1949 (Chrysler) Plymouth taxi.

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Oldsmobile, probably 1954.  Another taxi.

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1955 Chevrolet.

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1953 or 54 Chevrolet.

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1947 Plymoutn.  Limpimg along, it seems.

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Ford Fairlane 500 V8, about 1955, carrying tourists.

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1956 Pontiac (Taxi).

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We then dropped into Hotel Nacional de Cuba for a while.

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1957 Ford Fairlane 500 convertible.

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… waiting for tourists to take a ride back to town…

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1954 Ford convertible.

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On the road towards town.

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This one’s a mystery.  It must be a European car, but what I don’t know.  It bears the name Pininfarina on the dashboard and, very small, on the rear of the car.  But Fininfarina didn’t build cars, they were a coachbuilder.  They had a close partnerrship with Ferrari and provided services for many other marques including Alpha Romeo, Peugeot, Fiat, Lancia and Maserati.  The radio says Jensen, but I think that’s just the brand of radio.  I can’t find any plausible candidates. Maybe a small manufacturer or a custom order.  I’d be intrigued if anyone knows.

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Havana Stroll

Havana, Cuba, 2 September 2016

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Hitting the streets again after breakfast, there was this fine gentleman striking a wonderful pose (he was playing the trumpet as well of course).

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The door is probably a side entrance to the Cathedral.

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A street-side washing line.

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Simca 90A Aronde 1955-1958..

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The old and the very old.

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Street market.  I think it was here I picked up a cap with a picture of Ché and a Cuban flag.

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Back to our hotel for lunch.

We were staying in central Havana, probably in a Government-run hotel, which was probably originally the grand mansion of an aristocrat centuries ago.  I know close to where it is but not the name of the hotel because it changed in our Group Itinerary.

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A wall in our hotel inspired by Mayan or Aztec art.

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Preparing to leave again.  Some of the people are members of our group and carrying cameras.

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A harp player in a nearby art gallery.

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Cistern.

The sign at the bottom in Spanish and English says “Aljibe – Early nineteenth century cistern for gathering rainwater”, though actually cistern is mistranslated as system.

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Plaza Vieia.

In this and the next three images we are in Plaza Vieia or Old Square.  It was created in 1559 and originally names Plaza Nueva, or New Square.

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If I recall correctly, during my time in Cuba I didn’t see many nubile young women carrying a large fork and riding a rooster.

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Corner of Calles Mercaderes and Armagura.

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