This is the last of three posts of 16 dogs in Cuba. Some dogs were beloved family pets and the owners were quite willing to show them off.
I love this one. I think the dog was blind even though it appears to be looking at me.
I don’t pretend to understand the significance of the doll, but thought it was an interesting juxtaposition with a dog named Gorki.
Okay – what does the cartoon on the left of this picture remind you of? It’s why I took the photo the way I did, but none of my photography tour colleagues agreed with me.
On many streets in Havana cars are parked, which, on closer inspection, you can tell are under repair, and are probably not mobile. My orange Plymouth favourite was one.
Several times we came across cars that were being worked on.
A line of taxis parading up Calle Neptuno on their Central Havana circuit.
The front of the car with its driver is featured in the post on green Cuban cars.
Love this photo….
A different photo of the same car was included in the Green car post.
This is the same photo which headlines the Car Details post from a week ago.
When I was 5 or 6, (in 1953 or 1954,) my parents got their first car. I don’t think it was new, but it might have been. Our next-door neighbours had a Ford; my father had purchased a Dodge. I hopped into the passenger seat, picked out the letters on the dash and said: “D-O-D-G-E – Ford.” I’ve never really been into cars.
All week in Havana I was on the lookout for an early 1950’s Dodge. This is the closest I got. Plymouths were “in” in Cuba, Dodges were not.
I’m 68 and when taking a closer look at the photo below I just realized where this car model got its name. The sculpture on the tail light is of a ship; landing in Plymouth, Mass, USA. I’m Canadian; that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it.
Same wall art two ways…
Some wall art was on the side of buildings, others, like the one below, seemed to be on facades erected to hide empty lots or completely decayed buildings.
The background of this ‘map’ wall art is the Cuban Flag and I believe the locations and dates may be related to battles or successes in the Cuban revolution. At first I thought it might be a sign for a bus schedule! Any Spanish-speaking people or Cuban experts reading this who’d like to comment?
These pictures were all taken from the top of a bus, in late morning, on a HOT bright day. We passed a restaurant I would have tried, had we stopped, and a bar, which I would have passed up. We also got to see the brownstone houses for which Brooklyn is well known. If I were to live in such a huge metropolis, these houses would suit me fine!
See an earlier Brooklyn post here.
Since my last post from Cuba featured some street art, I’ve decided to show more in this and the next few posts (on Thursdays.) I’ve arranged them by the day they were taken. These are all from Old Havana.
Sancho Panza is a brand of cigars in Cuba so this sculpture also serves as a type of advertising. However, Havana is rather taken with Cervantes’ tale of Don Quixote -and there are other statues around the city of characters from the book – so this is advertising is only indirect.
There was a whole range of wall painting of which you will see more later.