Posts Tagged ‘Cuba’

Town of Trinidad, Cuba

Saturday, January 15th, 2011

The entire 16th C town of Trinidad on Cuba’s south coast is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its heritage designation, as well as the complete—and for a Vancouverite visually relieving—absence of land speculators and developers in Cuba has kept the town very close to its original condition. The area was settled by Spain and built in the Spanish colonial style.

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Handmade garlands, Cuba

Sunday, January 9th, 2011

At a music school in the town of Trinidad.

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Hemingway’s bar, hotel room

Friday, January 7th, 2011

Hemingway locales in Cuba: La Floridita, one of the several bars that claim he invented the daiquiri in. (Though this one is the most likely.) The room on the fifth floor of the Hotel Ambos Mundos, where he wrote two novels is remarkably small, though the views are great.

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Modernist house, Cojimar, Cuba

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

Not far from Havana, this is the fishing village where Hemingway kept his boat during the decades he lived in Cuba. A local told me this house belongs to a fisherman. You periodically see this era of modernism in Cuba, but this one was especially well-preserved. The dramatic star on the front door is great (click to get a closer look) and look at the mural at right.

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Hemingway’s villa in Cuba – Finca Vigía

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

This is the Cuban villa where Hemingway lived from 1939-1960 and wrote many of his best known novels. It sits high in the town of San Francisco de Paula about half an hour outside Havana, and from the patio you can actually see Havana in the distance, hence the name Finca Vigía or “Lookout Farm.” The villa was discovered by Hemingway’s wife at the time, Martha Gelhorn, who was seeking somewhere spacious for the two of them to live.

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Coast guard tower, Cuba

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

Just off the Playa Ancon outside the town of Trinidad, Cuba.

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