June 3, 2012 Ernest Hemingway’s home, Finca Vigia, sat high on a hill at the end of a road full of cramped and makeshift houses. Each of the rooms was left just as it was on Hemingway’s last visit, overflowing with books and hunting trophies. We weren’t able to go in the house for preservation … Continue reading »
May 30 – June 1, 2012 As with most city tours, we spent some time in museums. One of my favorites was the Museum of Fine Arts. The lobby had some beautiful pieces that were being feature for the Bienal while the rest of the floors set up an interesting timeline of Cuban artistic style … Continue reading »
May 29, 2012 We couldn’t leave Havana without attending a cannon ceremony. First, Professor Ortega drops some knowledge bombs. Then, the blast.
May 28, 2012 Visiting Bobby Carcasses was inspiring. A ridiculously-talented surrealist artist and jazz musician, Bobby treated us to music, conversation, and pen, and watercolor paintings. His home was a haven for the creative soul. It was neat to hear his music because it had distinct elements that seemed American inspired and distinct elements that … Continue reading »
May 25, 2012 It was time to hit the beach – and the scenery at Santa Maria Del Mar was just amazing. (You’ll see.) Maylin arranged a giant picnic feast for us – in honor of Sue’s birthday – and we spent a great day out lounging, swimming, and eating.
May 24, 2012 At the Church of Paula we witnessed an outstanding performance of classical Spanish and Cuban pieces done by a string quartet and guitar. The musicians played against the backdrop of floor-to-ceiling stained glass of distinctly Cuban colors and artistic style. We were lulled into a calm as we listened to the music … Continue reading »