On the Road and In Your Backyard

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¡Viva La Habana!


Today, pictures from valued commenter Snarlymon.

I’m finally getting around to posting more shots of Havana. These were all shots taken during the December 3 cruise as we continued our adventure in the city. It’s not easy getting good shots from the tour bus, so there will be some areas that are repeated.

Taken on 2018-12-03 00:00:00

Fusterlandia neighborhood

Here’s another shot to show amazing fusterlandia

Taken on 2018-12-03 00:00:00


Fusterlandia is a work in progress, with a studio a kiln on the premises. Imagine building all thi with mosaic tiles.

Taken on 2018-12-03 00:00:00

Havana Revolution Square

This is, unfortunately, a bus tour picture. I’d have loved to of gotten off the bus to be able to walk around this area, which is where Fidel Castro gave his filibuster length speeches. The building is the Cuban version of the Pentagon and features a representation of Camille Cienfuegos, who was instrumental in the Cuban revolution. Although he is not as well known as Che, he was arguably the finest field commander of the ‘59 revolution.

Taken on 2018-12-03 00:00:00


Wherever you go in Havana it’s likely that you’ll stumble on something amazing. This is a colonial era fountain hidden off of the courtyard where we had lunch.

Taken on 2018-12-03 00:00:00

Havana Fortress

This is the entrance to the colonial era fort built to protect Havana’s Harbor. There are various shops and exhibits there now. The I could’ve been a bit more apparent.Next time I’ll send pictures of our wonderful evening stroll.


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6 replies
  1. 1
    eclare says:

    Cool pictures, hope to get there some day!

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    waratah says:

    I would really like to see Fusterlandia and the mosaic tile work.
    Is the sign on the fort in tile? When I first looked at that sign with just woke eyes I did not see the letter I.

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    biff murphy says:


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    JPL says:

    @waratah: Nor did I, and if you had not pointed it out I’d still be trying to figure out what FART means.

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    Bostonian says:

    FIART stands for Feria Internacionál de ARTisanía, or International Handicraft Fair.

    It’s been an annual event for 22 years in the fort, and has stalls and exhibits from other countries.


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    stinger says:

    Great pics, thanks Snarlymon!

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