Cuba Monochromes 4 of 4 Last Days in Havana

1-12 September 2016, Havana, Cuba

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Links go to posts with the colour versions of the images (where there may also be more information and context). If an image does not have a link, the preceding one applies. (Click on any image to see it larger).

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Great music in a late night jazz bar.

Havana – An afternoon and evening.

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1953 Oldsmobile – our taxi ride back to the hotel.

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Passing train.

Havana – Botanic Gardens.

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1949 Plymouth, just about to leave I think.

Havana – Basilica Menor de San Francisco de Asis.

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(From the taxi).

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1950 Plymouth.

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Basilica Menor de San Francisco de Asis.

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Basilica Menor de San Francisco de Asis.

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Basilica Menor de San Francisco de Asis.

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Basilica Menor de San Francisco de Asis.

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View from Basilica Menor de San Francisco de Asis.

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At night after rain.

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At a small outdoor art area.

Last Day in Havana.

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Castell de la Real Fuerza.

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Castell de la Real Fuerza.

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Castell de la Real Fuerza.

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Palacio de los Capitanes Generales.

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Street performer.

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Art market at the waterfront.

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The old loco was just outside the art market.

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Street scene with El Capitolio under repair in the background.

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Street at night after rain.

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So that’s the last post from Cuba.  Santo Domingo from the Dominican Republic should be next but first there will be some more recent posts, one from a Blues Festival and a few from Montague Island off the South coast of New South Wales.

Havana – An afternoon and evening

Havana, Cuba, 10 September 2016
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1950? De Soto convertible.

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We had come from Fusterlandia (last post) but that visit was actually in the middle of the previous post, so this post follows on from that.

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1958 Chevrolet?

We are back in Revolution Square.

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1958 Cadillac convertible.

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The blue taxi may be a 1950 DeSoto; the car on the right is a 1952 Chevrolet.

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We visited Edificio Bacardi, built to be headquarters of the Bacardi Rum company.  It is an art deco landmark, built in 1930 after an international architectural competition, and was nationalised by Castro in the early 1960s.  (Also next three images)

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On the street in Old Havana.

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Horse and carriage in front of the Castillo de la Real Fuerza.

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Elegant street view.

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Streetside offerings.

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Rebuilding a street in the traditional fashion.

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Maybe not much in the way of pollution controls.

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Residences.

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We discovered some great music in a late night jazz bar.

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1953 oldsmobile – our taxi ride back to the hotel.

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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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International Blues Day 2019

Canberra, Australia, 3 August 2019

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This is this year’s incarnation of the International Blues Day celebrations put on by the Canberra Blues Society. I also had two albums of A3+ prints for sale, so I was not able to photograph some of the earlier bands. I have included a selection of monochrome conversions of performers and not included overall band shots.

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Leo Joseph (Queen Juanita and the Zydeco Cowboys).

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Matt Nightingale (Queen Juanita and the Zydeco Cowboys).

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Dave Blanken (Queen Juanita and the Zydeco Cowboys).

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Mitch Preston (Queen Juanita and the Zydeco Cowboys).

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Juanita Cucinotta (Queen Juanita and the Zydeco Cowboys).

Queen Juanita and the Zydeco Cowboys (in colour:  17 images)

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Matt Roberts (Kate Lush Band).

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Tony Boyd (Kate Lush Band).

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Christian Young (Kate Lush Band).

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Wes Harder (Kate Lush Band).

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Kate Lush (Kate Lush Band).

Kate Lush Band (in colour:  18 images)

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Steve Hartnett (Blue Tone Specials).

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Dave McRae (Blue Tone Specials).

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Doug Curry (Blue Tone Specials).

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Matthew Fitzgerald (Blue Tone Specials).

Blue Tone Specials (in colour:  16 images)

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Anne Blunn, Peter Demain, Russ Lawrence and others.

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Nardia Brancatisano and Justin Yap (Rambal).

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Jordan Pereira (Rambal).

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Ollie Rolfe (Rambal).

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Ben Wicks (Rambal).

Rambal (in colour: 12 images).

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John Russell (The Bellhops).

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Steve Lovarini (The Bellhops).

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Mark Roulston (The Bellhops).

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Ian Dittman (The Bellhops).

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Joe (The Bellhops).

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Ben (The Bellhops).

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Ven Licciardello and Deborah Frederick (The Bellhops).

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Lois Padgham and Bernard (The Bellhops).

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Dancers (The Bellhops).

The Bellhops (in colour:  22 images).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The beauty and the beast, maybe.

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

1954 Chevrolet.

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

Not everyone drives cars …

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

… or rides horses….

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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.

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

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

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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.

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