Last visit to Havana’s Cemetery

Cuba Day 3

It was very restful, spending a half day in the nearly-deserted Cementerio de Cristóbal Colón away from the noise and bustle of Havana and the constant contact with my fellow photographers. We each went our separate ways within the cemetery and I didn’t see any of them again until just before it was time to gather at the front gate.

 

One of the cemetery workers, looking exhausted.

One of the cemetery workers, looking exhausted.

A sense of calm.

A sense of calm.

A resting place.

A resting place.

This is the last in a series of six Thursday posts on this cemetery.

Tributes to the fallen

Of all the grave sites in the Christopher Columbus Cemetery in Havana, the one to Amelia Goyri is the most visited and revered. An article in the Toronto Star explains why.

To Amelia Goyri are attributed many miracles which occurred after her death. Each of these tablets is a tribute of thanks to her.

To Amelia Goyri are attributed many miracles which occurred after her death. Each of these tablets is a tribute of thanks to her.

A colourful memorial.

A colourful memorial.

I believe this to be a communal or family plot, with each small plaque in memory of a different individual.

I believe this to be a communal or family plot, with each small plaque in memory of a different individual.

Unnamed, but numbered.

Unnamed, but numbered.

Two tiny floral tributes.

Two tiny floral tributes.

This is the fifth in a series of six posts about Cementerio de Cristobal Colón.

Flowers in Havana

On the Thursday edition of this blog we are still in Cuba and once again visiting Cemeterio de Cristobal Colón.

There were a few blooming shrubs on the grounds, but not many bouquets such as we often see in graveyards in my part of Canada.

Fuschia flowers soften the hard edges. The chapel in the middle the cemetery can be seen in the background.

Fuschia flowers soften the hard edges. The chapel in the middle the cemetery can be seen in the background.

A touch of pink in a sea of white and grey.

A touch of pink in a sea of white and grey.

Fading blossoms for an Angel.

Fading blossoms for an Angel.

It was hard to tell whether a maintenance person had forgotten to pick up this once-impressive arrangement of flowers, or whether it belonged to the stone behind it.

Fading memories

Fading memories

At last, some recent floral tributes.

On the main road between the entrance gates and the chapel in the middle of the cemetery.

On the main road between the entrance gates and the chapel in the middle of the cemetery.

Red Cuban Cars and Selfie

Two of my PEI Photography Club colleagues are in this first photo. They tell me that someone came to deliver two flats of eggs to the Volkswagen as it sat in the middle of the road.

Outside a small farmers' market in Central Havana February 2016

Outside a small farmers’ market in Central Havana, February 2016

I don’t know if this is the same pink taxi as in the one that won me a prize in the PEI Photo Show in May, but it could be.

Cuba Day 3 - Outside the Christopher Columbus Cemetery

Cuba Day 3 – Outside the Christopher Columbus Cemetery

On the first day of our photo workshop, before we left our accommodations, our tour leader challenged us to shoot ‘selfies’ throughout the week. Here is one of my favourites.

Cuba Day 2 - Who is that crazy woman?

Cuba Day 2 – Who is that crazy woman?

 

This is my last post about cars in Cuba.  That’s not to say there won’t be motorcycles or cars in the background!

For some of the previous posts on these fabulous relics check here, here and here.

White Cuban Cars

Impala Chev, Central Havana, Cuba Day 2

Impala Chev, Central Havana, Cuba Day 2

Continuing the colour-themed Cuban car posts, we now come to white. I don’t recall seeing many black cars in Cuba.

Impala Chev, front grille, Central Havana, Cuba Day 2

Impala Chev, front grille, Central Havana, Cuba Day 2

We spent an entire morning in the immense Cristobal Colon cemetery outside the main part of Havana. I’ll post other photos from there later.

Cuba Day 3 in the cemetery: Cristobal Colon

Cuba Day 3 in the cemetery: Cristobal Colon

I tried for a long time to get a decent shot of an older car cruising on the Malecon (the waterfront street) with old buildings in the background. Between the amount of traffic and my lack of practice with panning, this is the best shot I got.

On the Malecon. Cuba Day 6 Central Havana

On the Malecon. Cuba Day 6 Central Havana

Okay, this last one is grey; but I ran out of categories and it doesn’t fit anywhere else.

Chevys Rule - Old Havana, Cuba Day 1

Chevys Rule – Old Havana, Cuba Day 1