Havana – Fusterlandia

Havana, Cuba, 10 September 2016

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This is the second of our three days in Havana after the end of the tour. We hired one of our local guides to show us around Havana. These images are from the middle of that day, in an art locale known as Fusterlandia.

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Fusterlandia is a small fishing village just outside Havana.

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In 1975, José Fuster started this project by decorating his own house.

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Since then it has spread to the parks and neighborhood, including over 80 homes.

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1957 Chevrolet (taxi).

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Local horse and cart.

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Locals around a mural featuring Hugo Chavez and the flags of Venezuela and Cuba.

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José Fuster is still living in the village and working on the project, at an age of around 75.

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Just in case you didn’t notice, the dog is biological rather than ceramic and is probably not a permanent feature on the roof.

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His art is distinctly Cuban, and includes influences from Gaudi, Brâncuși and Picasso.

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Workers atop a nearby house, behind electrical wires.

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Viva Cuba!.

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A golden opportunity to do some sewing…

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And a 1958 Edsel Pacer convertible arrives (!).

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The Edsel was supposed to be a great new advance for Ford but instead became a byword for commercial failure.  Although there were eighteen models initially available, the marque only lasted two years and cost Ford $US350 million.

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Havana – Artifacts and Cars

Havana, Cuba, 9 September 2016

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Having finished posting on the Sabah trip, I am now back to posting on Cuba and the Caribbean. I have already made thirteen posts on Cuba with 260 images. If you want to see them, you will find links in the Cuba & the Caribbean Itinerary, which I update as I post. In this expedition, there are also thirteen posts on the Flinders Ranges, South Australia, eight on Mexico and eight on Guatemala. Still to come are Dominican Republic, St Martin, Antigua, Montserrat, Jamaica and California.  As with all posts, you can click on an image for a larger view.

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We walked down to the harbour at dawn.

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… then back to the large square beside the Cathedral.

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This is a corner of the Cathedral.  The person seemingly coming round the corner is a statue.

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… and this is one of the side streets near there.

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Early 50s Oldsmobile, I think.

In the morning, somewhat after breakfast, we went for another walk.

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1947 or 48 Chevrolet on the left.

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This image and next four:  Buick V8, 1953 or 54.

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After some time we visited the Musee de Arte Colonial (or the Colonial Art Museum).

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Probably from the 17th or 18th centuries, and from a convent or church.

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The building, or an earlier one on the same site, was built in 1622.

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In the 1720s it was the residence of Lieutenant Colonel Don Luis Chacón, who had earlier been civil and military governor and, unusually for the time, was a creole.  The building became a museum in 1969.

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Usually I photograph the labels with the items but not this time, so I will make no comment on these items beyond that they come from the 17th to 19th centuries.

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A view of the Cathedral from the museum.  It is the opposite side of the Cathedral from the images at dawn.

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In the later afternoon, we walked down to near the harbour and took a ride around town in a horse and carriage.  The images from that will be in the next post. Here we resume after returning from that ride.

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1958 Chevrolet.

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The car on the left is a 1950 DeSoto.  The next three are Chevrolets (1951-54).

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1953 Plymouth.

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Waiting for assistance.  Not sure what the car is, maybe a Plymouth or a Ford, from about 1957 or 1958.

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Musicians playing in the park outside our hotel.

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Evening view, probably from where we went to eat.

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Trinidad de Cuba

Trinidad de Cuba, Cuba, 6 September 2016

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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.

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

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This is a town of many tractors.

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Cathedral clock tower in the background.

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Band in the Plaza Major.

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People on the streets.

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

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Musicians for sale rather than for hire.

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Local gallery and hostal or B&B.

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Market near the Plaza Major.

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

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

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The beauty and the beast, maybe.

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1954 Chevrolet.

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Not everyone drives cars …

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… or rides horses….

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

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

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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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Barcelona Day 3.

Barcelona, Spain, 29th October 2018.
Temporary Post. Brief image descriptions and no commentary.

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Parc Güell.

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City from Parc Güell.

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Tablao Sur, Parc Güell.

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La Pedrera.

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Architecture, Art, Barcelona, Gaudi, History, La Pedrera, Landscape, Live Music, Park Guell, Photography, Sagrada Familia, Spain, Street photography, Travel .

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Architecture, Art, Barcelona, Gaudi, History, La Pedrera, Landscape, Live Music, Park Guell, Photography, Sagrada Familia, Spain, Street photography, Travel .

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Architecture, Art, Barcelona, Gaudi, History, La Pedrera, Landscape, Live Music, Park Guell, Photography, Sagrada Familia, Spain, Street photography, Travel .

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Architecture, Art, Barcelona, Gaudi, History, La Pedrera, Landscape, Live Music, Park Guell, Photography, Sagrada Familia, Spain, Street photography, Travel

Sagrada Familia (inside at evening).

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Architecture, Art, Barcelona, Gaudi, History, La Pedrera, Landscape, Live Music, Park Guell, Photography, Sagrada Familia, Spain, Street photography, Travel .

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Architecture, Art, Barcelona, Gaudi, History, La Pedrera, Landscape, Live Music, Park Guell, Photography, Sagrada Familia, Spain, Street photography, Travel .

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Architecture, Art, Barcelona, Gaudi, History, La Pedrera, Landscape, Live Music, Park Guell, Photography, Sagrada Familia, Spain, Street photography, Travel .

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Architecture, Art, Barcelona, Gaudi, History, La Pedrera, Landscape, Live Music, Park Guell, Photography, Sagrada Familia, Spain, Street photography, Travel .

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Architecture, Art, Barcelona, Gaudi, History, La Pedrera, Landscape, Live Music, Park Guell, Photography, Sagrada Familia, Spain, Street photography, Travel .

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Architecture, Art, Barcelona, Gaudi, History, La Pedrera, Landscape, Live Music, Park Guell, Photography, Sagrada Familia, Spain, Street photography, Travel .

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Architecture, Art, Barcelona, Gaudi, History, La Pedrera, Landscape, Live Music, Park Guell, Photography, Sagrada Familia, Spain, Street photography, Travel .

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