Taxi in front of Hemingway’s Finca Vigía in Cuba

Like I said, they’re everywhere; well, in Cuba at least. I snapped a shot of this enormous Cadillac taxi, in front of Finca Vigía, a museum now, where Ernest Heminingway lived from 1939 to 1960. The Finca is located in San Francisco de Paula, a small town about 10 miles from Havana.
Here’s a rendering of that taxi done in Procreate with a Sty-HD stylus using the photo referenced above…side by side, freehand.
Taxi@FincaVigiía

Hotel Palacio O’Farrill: Lobby, Bar, and Restaurant

In the Hotel Palacio O’Farrill’s dramatic lobby/courtyard Wendy, Kevin, Annyth, and I – along with the eight other visitors on our educational tour – enjoyed breakfasts before and preprandials after each day’s program, complete with guide, Jesus and driver, Ramon. Why O’Farrill?
O'Farrill-lobby

Beer, wine, mojitos, Cuba Libres, and, of course, música cubana!
trio-cubano

House of the Rising Sun Bed and Breakfast

In two days we’ll be flying to Cuba, but that’s another story.

Today was our last full day going down Memory Lane in Algiers Point, New Orleans, where we had lived from 2005 to 2010. As Annyth says, we were “in with Katrina and out with the Super Bowl.” It goes without saying that those were some life-changing years! From the very beginning – and to this day – we’ve had a special attachment to House of the Rising Sun Bed and Breakfast and its proprietors, Kevin and Wendy. In fact, they’ll be our travelmates on the upcoming tour.

We first met Wendy and Kevin in February of 2005, when we stayed at their B & B while we were closing on a house just around the corner from them (See The Misbelieve Tree.) As new residents of Algiers Point, we became friends with them, and through them, many others. Here we are “strolling” as the Monopoly Board in the French Quarter on Mardi Gras in 2009. The friendship and the story…to be continued.


Side by side, photo referenced, freehand iPad drawing in the Procreate app using Sty-HD stylus.

Cuba Introduction Tour 

After we spend a couple of days with friends in our old neighborhood, Algiers Point in New Orleans, LA, we’ll be flying to Havana, Cuba on a chartered flight to begin a week-long educational tour of the capital city plus an excursion to Las Terrazas. With most of the packing and preparations nearly done, and the house move put on hold, I’m assembling some of my romantic notions about Cuba expecting that they will be somehow put into perspective. I’ve flown over Cuba several times on short and long trips to Paraguay, Colombia, and Argentina back when it was practically impossible to enter the country. Times have changed, relations have begun to normalize, but the embargo has not yet been lifted. So we’ll enter on an educational tour sponsored by a Canadian company. 

  
Technical: I referred to this photo to do a freehand drawing in Procreate. Also, I made use of the image in a previous post, entitled Sin Embargo, after a reversal and some tweaking.