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Sunday, June 28, 2015


Tranquil morning from the rear deck of the La Perla Hotel, Cienfuegos, Cuba. Cienfuegos Bay in the background.  La Perla is a wing of the nearby Hotel Jagua.  Photo: Tom Shess
Editor’s note: On a daily basis from June 1 thru June 30, 2015 Pillar to Post online magazine is featuring articles, photos and insights resulting from a recent group tour, an adventure we dubbed: the April 23 Brigade’s Tour of Cuba 2015. 

FONE / FOTO / FOLIO By Tom Shess, April 2015

This collection of snapshots--while in Cuba--was taken on the run.  Our tour group kept a brisk pace led by our intrepid Gate 1 Travel Guides, Norkis (last names optional in Cuba) and Daniel Guzman.  Finding a second to frame and focus a photo was catch as catch can. And, of course that's always part of the fun. 

Alleyway, Trinidad, Cuba.
Mid-town in Havana, Cuba
Old guest house at Hemingway's Estate in the San Francisco de Paul neighborhood, Southeast Havana
Sugar cane fields next to a road between Trinidad and Cienfuegos, Cuba
Bay of Pigs landing site on the Caribbean in the village of Playa Giron that is now a popular beach next to the Hotel Playa Giron.
Bay of Pigs Invasion Museum, Playa Giron, Cuba
Alley way behind Hostel Enrique in Playa Larga at the northeast end of Bay of Pigs.  Caribbean Sea is one block to the right.
Teachers at Benny More School of Art in the school's gallery.
What 50 years or so of deferred maintenance will do on a classic
Havana Deco era apartment building
Moody morning on the West side of Cienfuegos
What used to be an American owned sugar plantation in the late 19th century is now an internationally acclaimed botanical garden near Cienfuegos.  Nice in the shade.
Tropical sun on this day pushed the temperature above100F.

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