FANTASTIC! Just wonderful you two. It doesn't take much for me to swoon over Art Deco. Those were some superb examples. Lucky you were not with me...When it comes to cocktails I have been known to throw caution to the wind Is that why I ended up sitting inside the glass? ( A famous comedy sketch professed "The Devil made me do it") My cocktail glasses are enormous - you would really like them.
The white liquid being poured into those numerous glasses looks a little thick but that is probably only the photo.
So I was half right in spotting the thicker liquid in those daiquiris! Couldn't help looking up the recipe as it was the first time I have heard of a blended daiquiri.
"Blend ice, rum, lime juice, triple sec, and 1 teaspoon sugar in a blender on the highest setting until smooth, 15 to 20 seconds. Pour into glass. Spread 2 tablespoons sugar in a thin layer onto a small plate. Rub lime wedge around the rim of a glass. Dip glass rim in sugar to coat."
Here is another highlight of Havana we came upon by accident on a Saturday. Once again, on the beautiful Prado ~
There were a bunch of people clustered around some signs on a tree, so we stuck our noses in to see what was going on. It turned out to be an ad hoc real estate market. Looking around, we saw lots of people with signs ~
The prices are in CUC, which has the same value as the US dollar ~
Thanks, Bjd! Yeah, it was so interesting to see that in the 21st century. Note that in the penultimate picture there is an ad for a classified paper which charges 5 MN for an ad. That is moneda nacional, i.e. the "people's peso", which is only worth 4 cents usd.
I have puzzled over that 4/4 and am guessing it might be louvered shutters, but that is only a guess. I'm also guessing that "piezas grandes" might be stove and fridge, but don't know.
You asked Kerouac, I think in the Impressions thread, if those were water tanks on the roof. That was something that intrigued me, since we had ample water in the apartment & were not instructed to be careful about using it. Because of where I live, I well know about being slave to the municipal pipes' water delivery schedule and the capacity of a roof water tank. I'm assuming it's the same in Havana because of all the roof tanks and also because I saw one of those large water delivery trucks. So in the 4/4 house, the fact that it has a cisterna con motor (ground cistern with pump) would be a big plus.
This really belongs in the Impressions thread, but since it shows a water truck ........
It's been a while since we added to this thread, but that is because there are other highlights that need their own threads. Accordingly, so far Callejón de Hamel has been featured in the Maritime Museum and the Necrópolis de Cristóbal Colón here in the Cuba sub-board.
But that's not it for the highlights of Havana, not by a long shot. We'll continue making reports on some of the exceptional things we saw and also showing some of them here. For instance, we visited the Museum of the Revolution, which will be getting its own illustrated thread. Upon leaving the museum that day, we strolled through the wide expanse of the 13 de Marzo park, resting on a bench there and enjoying the sea breezes.
This building with its heroes loomed over the square ~
Inevitably admiring some of Havana's vintage cars, our attention was also drawn to the equestrian statue ~
Little did we know at the time that we were looking at something that had been installed just over a month previously. In fact, its official unveiling will not be until January 28, 2018, to coincide with the 165th anniversary of Jose Martí's birth. www.friendsofjosemarti.com/about-1/
On the right side of the photo of the hero-adorned building above, you can see a game in progress. We moseyed over in that direction ~
After watching those youth in action, we saw these inspiring words etched on the lintel of the adjacent building ~
Heart stirred by that sentiment, I stuck my head inside to see what the dedicated youth were up to ~
Oh well, I'm sure there are times when the place is a hotbed of activity.
Moving on past the kiddy park, this statue commanded attention:
It was approached by an attractive Japanese-inspired stepping stone arrangement. I'm hoping Kerouac got pictures of that. I failed to do so, instead recording the information on the base. *sigh* Much more information here.
Walking on, we saw that a monster cruise ship was in port -- details. This thing holds up to 2,679 passengers and has approximately 728 crew members, so you can see where it's a boon to the local economy ~
I had read about the Ceiba but did not know what it looked like either. I did wonder if the tree at the beginning of the post was one - now I can see it is most likely not. Really enjoying this guys , thank you . Fabulous read and a feast for my eyes especially the theatres and art deco .
Bjd, from what I've read religious restrictions were never as strict in Cuba as in other communist countries. We certainly saw much evidence of Santería, churches were open, and I even saw one of those "Este hogar es Católico" signs. (They're popular in Mexico to keep Jehovah's Witnesses off the doorstep.)
I'm poised to start a thread about the building situation in Havana, including such details as I can gather about preservation in service of history and tourism. In the meantime, the Wikipedia entry on religion in Cuba is extremely interesting: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religion_in_Cuba
At the photojournalism exhibition I went to in Perpignan in September, one of the exhibits was about Wahabi-type converts to Islam in Cuba. The mosques are pretty small and private. One guy who managed to convert some others won a trip to Saudi Arabia and came back with a bunch of Korans.
The photos were often of the converts, but also with commentary by them and their families. Mostly, the families couldn't understand why their child or sibling had converted. And one young woman said that wearing the robes was extremely difficult in the Cuban climate but was doing it for the faith.
That is interesting, Bjd! It's understandable that young people, who are often in the process of searching, might be converted, but intriguingly mysterious as to how Islamic proselytizers decided that Cuba might be fertile ground for converts.
Well, I believe I may have come to the end of the photographs earmarked for this particular report. That is not at all to say that it is the end of the highlights experienced while in Havana. But those highlights merit separate threads, all of which will be linked here once completed.
Last looks out the windows on the last morning there ~
Standing in front of Edificio America, taking a last look at Calle Galiano ~