Panama Canal (Day 4, Part 2)

December 18

Havana

[We have finished lunch and now it’s time for a walk around Old Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1982 . . . ]

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[San Francisco de Asis Square . . . ]

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[Basilica Menor de San Francisco de Asis (or Havana Plaza de la Catedral) . . . ]

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[The Basilica . . . ]

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[Buildings in and around the plaza . . . ]

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[The Basilica (or Cathedral of the Virgin Mary of the Immaculate Conception, you may have noticed that’s the 3rd different name I’ve seen for the church?) . . . ]

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[The Super on a photo op . . . ]

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[Antonio Gades, a Spanish flamenco dancer and choreographer, in the plaza.  We had a lovely visit . . . ]

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[Large cloth murals hanging in the plaza . . . ]

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[I’m not sure . . . ]

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[Must be a saxophone player?]

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[The Super thinks so – and across the plaza one can see the cloth murals . . . ]

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[JAWA?  Is that from a Star Wars movie?]

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[Ernest Hemingway lived here for 7 years in the 30’s, and made famous Room 511 where he began writing For Whom the Bell Tolls . . . ]

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[If you stand in front of this sign to read it, you can look to your right a couple of blocks to find Hemingway’s favorite watering hole . . . ]

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[Legs (yes, I did pass this by at first but went back for the artsy shot) . . . ]

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[“The Father of the Nation,” initiated the rebellion against Spanish rule in 1868 . . . ]

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[Plaza de Armas El Templete . . . ]

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[It says so on this sign . . . ]

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[And a closer upper view . . . ]

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[Plaza de Armas Habana Vieja (appears to have been a military installation) . . . ]

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[Where we were . . . ]

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[The Vieja, just across the Bay of Havana from Morro Castle . . . ]

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[And here’s the proof . . . ]

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[Looking back into the plaza to Carlos Manuel de Cespedes . . . ]

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[Or Mosque Abdallah . . . ]

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[St. Francis de Assis . . . ]

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[Dee introduces our group to a street singer . . . ]

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[And asked her to perform for us (the Super grabbed the shot from the opposite side) . . . ]

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[La Conversación]

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[The Super sits for a chat with Frederic Chopin, the culmination of the celebrations in Cuba for the bicentenary of the birth of the Polish artist . . . ]

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[Lonja del Comercio (former Stock Market) . . . ]

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[Guess who?]

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[Artists were handing me these on the plaza?]

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[Fray Junipero Serra and Indian boy . . . ]

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[Pull my finger!  The Super with El Caballero de Paris . . . ]

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[Bus 7, that’s us!]

 

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[Hey, our outdoor fine dining again!]

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[Museum of the Revolution looking down the boulevard . . . ]

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[Street scene with a Swedish flag?]

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[We’ve crossed under the bay to Morro Castle . . . ]

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[And the view back toward the city . . . ]

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[With the Capitol and construction cranes . . . ]

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[It’s time for . . . tourists!]

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[With crafts people and their wares . . . ]

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[So the Super has to check it out . . . ]

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[And our last views of the city . . . ]

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[From here, we would be saying good-bye to Havana . . . ]

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[Estadio Latinoamericano . . . ]

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[Primarily a baseball field, capacity 55,000 . . . ]

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[Looks pretty modern for a place built in 1946 and upgraded in 1971 . . . ]

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[Hitchhiking is a major form of transportation in Cuba . . . ]

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[On the road to the Bay of Pigs – take a right to Australia (yep) and then on to Playa Giron . . . ]

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[The sun is setting . . . ]

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[The bus pulled off on the side of the road so we could get our first look at the Bay of Pigs . . . ]

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[Appears to be an unsuccessful restaurant?]

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[Now leaving, Bus No. 7 . . . ]

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[I’m not sure if this is Australia or the outskirts of Playa Giron?]

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[We have arrived at the Bay of Pigs museum . . . ]

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[Or Museo Giron . . . ]

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[Some of us would be back here the next day, so this was just a quickie . . . ]

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[Entry to the seashore . . . ]

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[You gotta have a place for tourists . . . ]

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[Because, among other things, we were all hustling down to the beach for sunset photos.]

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[And sunset by smartphone . . . ]

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[Think I got enough?]

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[The Super getting ready to pack it in.]

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[The hotel pool, obviously . . . ]

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[This is not the end – we will be back here again tomorrow.  Now for the ride “home” in the dark . . . ]

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[After a long day, back to the boat (OK, this was a neighboring one).]

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No one could have imagined a place like Havana, Cuba. It is absurdly contradictory, always arguing with itself over whether it is audacious or meek, heroic or stupid, beautiful or abhorrent.  ~  Ed Kirwan, The Three Ravens

Up Next:  More Panama

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The Journey Begins Thanks for joining me! This is the follow-up to the original, “alexandriacardinals.wordpress.com,” which overwhelmed the system’s ability to handle it any more. Thus, this is “Part 2.” As the original was initially described: 10-26-07-4 “It all began in a 5,000 watt radio station in Fresno, California” . . . wait a minute, that was Ted Baxter on the Mary Tyler Moore Show! Let’s see . . . oh yeah, it all began in 2003 when retirees, i.e., old people, in Alexandria, Minnesota, who had no desire to become snow birds, went looking for mid-winter entertainment here in the frozen tundra of West Central Minnesota. We discovered girls’ high school hockey, fell in love immediately, and it remains our favorite spectator sport to this day. Initially, and for several years, reports on these games were e-mailed to those who were actually snowbirds but wanted to keep abreast of things “back home.” It was ultimately decided a blog would be more efficient, and it evolved into a personal diary of many things that attracts tens of readers on occasion. It remains a source of personal mental therapy and has yet to elicit any lawsuits. ~ The Editor, May 9, 2014 p.s. The photo border around the blog is the Cardinal girls’ hockey team after just beating Breck for the state championship in 2008. It’s of the all-tournament team. The visible Breck player on the left is Milica McMillen, then an 8th-grader – she is now an All-American for the Gophers. The Roseau player in the stocking cap I believe is Mary Loken, who went on to play for UND; and the Cardinal player on the right, No. 3, is Abby Williams, the player we blame most for making us girls’ hockey fans who went on to play for Bemidji State. *********************************************************************************** Photos contained herein are available for personal use. All you have to do is double click on any of the photos and they will become full screen size. You can then save them into your personal “My Pictures” file. They make lovely parting or hostess gifts, or holiday gifts for such as Uncle Ernie who wants to see how his grand niece is doing on the hockey team. If any are sold for personal profit, however, to, for example, the Audubon Society, National Geographic, Sven’s Home Workshop Monthly, Curling By The Numbers, or the World Wrestling Federation, I only request that you make a donation to the charitable organization of your choice. You have two hours and fifteen minutes. Pencils ready? Begin! **********************************************************************************
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1 Response to Panama Canal (Day 4, Part 2)

  1. G. says:

    Gorgeous photos! Again, I felt like I was on a tour of Cuba with you. Thanks for sharing.

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