This is a rather quick post. There will be others from both of us with more detailed impressions of Cuba. However, internet here is extremely rare and slow. So, while I have some in our hotel, I'm just going to let you have a first look, though ten photos I've processed so far.
BTW, we're here on a “People to People” tour with Cuba Unbound. Our impression of the Cuban people is that they are among the friendliest we've ever met. We love Cuba and are looking forward to our next five days in Havana. And to returning soon.
This post is part of a series that won the Bronze Award for General Excellence in photography from the North American Travel Journalists Association for 2018. See the other posts in the series posts here:
24 thoughts on “11 Photos of Cuba”
Great photos. Cuba is such a scenic and colourful country.
Yes it is. We’re looking forward to another week here.
I loved Cuba but I fear how its going to change — let me know when you want to go back– I would join you in a heartbeat
When are we going
Any time, Larry. I’m thinking that Trump will soon close it off again, which would be terrible for both sides.
Wow, I love your pix! The main pic of the fortune teller with the cigar is priceless! I’ll be interested to read more about your time in Cuba.
Thanks, Debbra. She was a character. As were lots of other people we’ve met.
I really enjoyed looking at your photos of Cuba, especially the fortune teller.
Thanks, Anne. She was a pistol. I’m going to find her again now that we’re back in Havana so I can get the future told.
The photos are great! Glad to hear the trip is so enjoyable. Smoking any cigars?
Kris has. Photos to follow.
Wonderful Pics!! Thanks for sharing
Oh my goodness; I want to go!!! Your photos are beautiful!!
Thanks, Marilyn. We highly recommend it. And take a tour, because arranging your own logistics there is a bit harder than normal.
As usual, your photos are the bomb, dope, sick—or whatever the current slang for “great” is. The first one of the fortune teller is tremendous. Do you think the fact that you speak Spanish very well enhanced your interactions with the locals? Like everyone else here, I’m wanting to visit Cuba before it changes overly and before DT reslams the door.
Thanks, Suzanne. Speaking Spanish definitely helps, especially when they start with you in English and you switch to Spanish. It makes them so happy and willing to really open up. I wish I spoke more languages. Like Chinese. Gonna have to work on that. As for visiting before Cuba changes, I don’t think you have to worry much about that. First, it’s a country; not a museum of 1950s culture. Second, as far as I can tell, any change there is going to come very, very slowly.
It will be interesting to see how things change with the new powers that be ( I can’t even type the initials) You’ve captured some truly amazing shots and such a feel for the country. Are you there with a group? We saw such amazing art and dance during our trip. I was blown away with how artists used so little to make beautifully, creative work!
As usual, we bought a piece of art in Cuba. We do it almost everywhere we visit. Ironically, we got it in a government-owned gallery in Havana, which was pretty much the only place we found that had visual arts that weren’t primarily focused on 1950s American cars or Che Guevara.
Such colourful pictures of Cuba! We went independently and stayed in casas the whole way. The best part of Cuba was meeting all the people!
Absolutely. The nicest people we’ve ever met on our travels. And casas is definitely the way to go. We did a couple of hotels in Cuba, and the casas were far better.
Looks like such a vibrant, lively place. I hope that I’ll get a chance to go. Gosh, these pictures, though! What kind of super elite camera are you using? I need it (and your knack for framing and capturing amazing moments).
Thanks, Angelica. These were taken with all three of my cameras. I use a Nikon D800E, which I guess you could call the professional level machine. Also a couple of these were with my Sony RX100-3, which is small but an amazing camera that I’m using more and more these days–mostly because it is small. And finally, my iPhone 7+. I leave it up to you to figure our which is which. But, if I had only the budget for one camera these days, I’d probably go with the Sony. It’s a great camera, and, maybe most important, it has a Zeiss lens. And Zeiss is the best.
The fortune teller! I love her smile! Cuba is so colorful and fascinating, so rich in culture. Thank you for sharing these stunning photos, keep it up!
Thank you Therie. You made my day.
Wonderful photos! I never made it to Cienfuegos or Trinidad. They are on my list for my next trip to Cuba.