Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Friends

This morning my dear friend Angele send me this picture to cheer me up... so thoughtful and the perfect image. It's the little things like this that make me realize how lucky I am to have good people in my life that care and are a positive influence in my life.
Thank you Angele!

Friday, June 25, 2010

The MOMA

To escape the sweltering heat, I decided to visit the MOMA... and didn't stay long. Too busy and too noisy on that day, so I skipped early.


Friday, June 18, 2010

Havana, Cuba ~ The Richard Neutra House, Swiss Ambassadors Residence

The Alfred de Schulthess House, 1956, Cubanacan Playa, Havana, Cuba. 9350 square feet. Raul Alvarez worked as supervising architect; Benno Fischer, Serge Koschin, John Blanton all worked on the architectural design; the noted Brazilian landscape architect, Roberto Burle Marx, collaborated on the landscape design of the three-acre property. Now a diplomatic residence for Switzerland. Received the 1958 National College of Architects Gold Medal.















Havana, Cuba ~ The British Ambassadors Residence

Havana, Cuba ~ The Ballet Academy

The 3 boys to the far left are my friend Martikas triplets.
All the kids in the Academy are so talented, they bring tears to your eyes.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Havana, Cuba ~ The Giant at Bar Monserrate

I am 6 feet tall, shoe size 11. I look petite next to this huge guy who is a waiter at our favorite watering hole "El Monserrate". He told me he used to be a Cuban Boxing Champion. I assume he is undefeated. Must go for great music, strong cocktails and the worst Pizza in the world.

Havana, Cuba ~ The Granma Memorial

Fidel's old toys, now a memorial.
A glass enclosure behind the Museo de la Revolucion shelters the Granma (didn't get a picture of it...looked quite elegant, that boat) the yacht that transported Castro and 81 guerrillas back to Cuba from exile in Mexico in 1956. Bought from an American,(who had named it after his Grandmother 'Granma') the 38-ft craft designed to carry 25 (presumably unarmed) passengers nearly foundered during the weeklong crossing. It eventually ran aground at Oriente Province in eastern Cuba, but it was two days behind schedule. The saga gets worse: Castro's forces were ambushed and only 16 survived, including Fidel, Che, Raul Castro, and Camilo Cienfuegos. The park around the yacht is filled with military curios: tanks, jeeps, the delivery truck used in the 1957 assault on the Palacio Presidencial, and a turbine from a U-2 spy plane allegedly downed during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis.

Cuba Blue

This particular shade of blue vibrates, it is everywhere in Havana. Intense and unforgettable. True Blue!