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Created On: 01/21/2017 07:34 PM
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 01/21/2017 07:34 PM
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Snapshot of a house in Camagüey, Cuba.  The spiffy paint and tile on adjacent houses contrast with the weathered facade.  Really nice light.  Very slight editing.

 

Street in old part of Sancti Spíritus, about 7:10 am.  One of the oldest Spanish towns in the Americas, at this site since 1522.

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Coccothrinax littoralis palms with Iberostar Playa Pilar resort in the back.  The tourists are coming.  Visit while you can.

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 01/21/2017 10:21 PM
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Lucky you, nice shots....what was your "reason" that you gave the government?

I was thinking about taking a box of wax and some fiberglass for the local surfers and call it a humanitarian mission......
 01/22/2017 12:11 AM
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education, person-to-person.  Small group tour (3 people) going to see the island's extraordinary palms, mostly in extremely rural places where the roads are terrible, poverty painful, and tourists would never go.  Here's our taxi at a little finca.  

If you want to keep in the spirit of the Congressional restrictions on travel, stay at a "casa particular" (house hotel) or small hotel, eat at private restaurants (there's plenty), and avoid those packaged resorts.  You should have a better time anyway.  Do take normal precautions, like don't leave a drink unattended at a bar.  Someone might put knockout drops in it (I'm not making that up).   

I think I'd visit Cienfuegos (a relatively "new" town founded around 1815, partly by people from New Orleans) before Havana.  It's a beautiful city, a good deal to see, cheap air fares make it a good weekend trip.  

Travel restrictions are the responsibility of the Department of the Treasury, i.e. Customs etc.  At present, you just have to certify that your trip meets the criteria, and you go.  Upon return, you're handled just like everyone else returning to the US.  I have Global Entry, so did enter the correct flight number at the electronic data/photo kiosk (it's easy to do) and was waved through.  

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Giant fan palm, Copernicia fallaensis.  

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Edited: 01/22/2017 at 12:25 AM by ww
 01/25/2017 04:34 PM
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Cole

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Great stuff ww. Upload more pics if you don't mind.

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 01/25/2017 04:51 PM
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i want to see the cars
 01/26/2017 10:53 AM
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ww

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Lots of old cars, many very lovingly maintained.  I was surprised by the number of old Land Rovers.

No photos.

 

 01/26/2017 12:55 PM
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skatensurf

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cool shots!
 01/28/2017 10:28 PM
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Both at Playa Pilar.  The MG is Chinese, not Japanese.  
 01/28/2017 10:36 PM
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Copernicia gigas on the south coast, almost at the mangroves.  Not a good shot, but a great spectacle.

 

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 01/29/2017 03:15 AM
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View from El Mirador Cafe, a bit of a tourist trap outside of Trinidad.  They have a zipline.  Royal palms down there.
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 01/30/2017 02:43 PM
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Soviet Lada from the 70's , knock off from Fiat 124 , with a whopping 75 HP engine . Don't get stuck behind this old gem . I want to go there , looks like a flashback in time while it lasts .
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