Travel Photos: Cuba

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Beautiful Cuban Smiles, Street Portraits

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Havana, Vintage Ride in Revolution Square

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Havana, Las Terrazas, Santiago

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Blue Vintage Car in Cojimar

Cuba!!! Rich in passion, culture, vibrancy and art.

I’m very happy to have had the opportunity to see the lovely architecture of Old Havana with the amazing vintage cars driving by. In the evening, I caught a Cuban jazz show with the Buena Vista Social Club 🙂

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Local Afro-Cuban music and dance performance

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Stunning sculpture at the Columbus Cemetary

On a tropically rainy day, I visited the Colon (Columbus) Cemetary and learned more of Santeria (Way of the Saints). Local legend at the cemetary: “La Milagrosa”, or Amelia, a local woman who died in childbirth along with her child, was visited everyday by her heart-broken husband, knocked on the tomb to console himself, believing she was only asleep; years later, her body was exhumed (for reburial) and witnesses said that her body remained intact and her body position moved, where she held her child in her arms–Amelia then became a symbol of hope and love; everyday, locals visit her grave and ask for blessings/ wishes, while decorating her site with flowers and gifts.

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Quiet town of Las Terrazas

Las Terrazas had a quiet beauty, with lush green surroundings and a taste of the small town life. Along the way, I met a few Cuban artists and visited their studios.

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Cojimar: Grungy Coolness

Cojimar was where Hemingway wrote his famous literary masterpieces. The town has a distinct seafarer personality, with the architecture and decor reflecting the romantic carefree attitude.

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Mantanzas, Varadero

Veradero was an exquisite beach paradise, though seemed very exclusive.

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Santiago: Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption

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Santiago: Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption, Interior

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Santiago: San Pedro de la Roca Castle Fortress

Several months later, I came back to Cuba on my way to help out in the Dominican Republic, and passed through Santiago, saw the San Pedro de la Roca Castle, a mighty UNESCO fortress, and the lovely Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption in the downtown area. Pride and passion of the Cuban people seeps into all facets of life.

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Travel Photos: New Orleans Halloween

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NOLA French Quarter Travel Photography
French Quarter

NOLA Honey Swamp Bayou
Honey Island Swamp

NOLA Bloodlust Vampire Ball
Bloodlust Vampire Ball

I have always been fascinated by New Orleans and had to travel there for Halloween, to experience the wonderful revelry and explore the dark crevices of the French Quarter and beyond. The people, food, art and stories were inspiring as there is so much soul and energy out there–definitely going back!

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Travel Photos: Hanging Church

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Egypt Hanging Church Photo 1, by Sherrie Thai of Shaireproductions

Egypt Hanging Church Photo 2, by Sherrie Thai of Shaireproductions

The “Hanging Church” (also known as Saint Virgin Mary’s Coptic Orthodox Church) in old Cairo, Egypt, has a fantastic mesh of Middle-Eastern geometric design and Basilican architecture. While approaching the entrance, there were a dozen heavily armed guards and a tank, a sad reminder of the perilous times we live in. The interior of the church was darker than I anticipated, but the lovely candles throughout created a mesmerizing ambiance.

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Travel Photos: Temple of Horus, Edfu Egypt

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Egypt Temple of Horus Edfu Travel Photo, by Sherrie Thai of Shaireproductions

Egypt Temple of Horus Edfu Travel Photo 2, by Sherrie Thai of Shaireproductions

The Temple of Horus is a classically designed Egyptian structure, located in Edfu, Egypt. Quite fittingly, I was able to visit the location in the early morning hours, with the god of sun blessing the walls with beautiful yellow light. The temple walls are carved with the scenes of the great mythical battle between Horus and his uncle, Seth. It’s also home to winged creatures, singing Horus’ praises for all who pass through.

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