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Eight new galleries have been added to my web
site. To see the galleries go to:
The new additions are on pages #1 and #2 and
are as follows:
*The Azamara Journey and Europe
*Flowers & Windmills of Holland
*Greece & Turkey
year or so ago I experimented by uploading a few slide shows to a web
site that allows the users of their slide show software to share shows.
Then I forgot about it. Recently, I revisited the site and uploaded two
new shows. Seems to work just fine so thought I would now share that
site. The shows vary in length, perhaps 25 minutes at the longest and
the last one added, Visions of Color, is about 7 minutes in length. All
have music soundtracks embedded. I will upload a few more shows in the
next few days.
When you click on
you will be able to select from
several slide show to view. Click on the show of your choice and then
next Right Click the show and select the Full Screen Mode. Next click
the Space Bar to begin the show. The space bar will also toggle a pause
and resume command. When finished, click the Escape key to exit the
show.That is it. Enjoy and feel free to share with others.
Incredible photography of architecture and big scenic
vistas Gordon has traveled to all 50 states, all 7 continents, and 166
countries. He is represented by
Atlanta. He writes February 7, 2010:
and I got home this past Thursday night from two weeks in
Cuba. Yes, I know that we US citizens are told not to go
there but we went to Mexico and then flew to Havana.
Cuban authorities did not stamp our passport so all is
photo opts were never ending. I managed to return
home with 5525 image files. I should add that many
are bursts of two or three frames so there are
perhaps 2500 different scenes, not 5525. In two
weeks I had only one woman who did not want me to
take her picture. There are few tourists in Cuba so
the people are not ruined by wanting to be paid for
taking their photos. We were asked not to take
pictures of the military and in only two places were
we told to not take our cameras. One was a cigar
factory (and I would have loved to take picture
there). The other was inside a memorial to the
revolution. This was not a photogenic place so no
great loss. I had to buy a photo pass in two places.
One was the Tropicana Cabaret and the other was
Hemmingway's house where he lived for 20 years and
where he wrote The Old Man and the Sea.
Both places were worth the expense so I left as if I
had value received.
Don Alfrado - tobacco farmer
Horse and Cart
Cowboy in Trinidad
Ernest Hemmingway's House
The Prado in Havana
had three people ask about how we went to Cuba and the
logistics while there. So, here are some of the details.
I looked into hiring a car and guide but to put
everything together seems daunting. Then I happened to
look at ElderTreks list of trips and they had several
Cuba trips for 2010. ElderTreks is a Canadian tour
company and is also the company that I used for my
Ethiopia trip. Ethiopia is not easy, particular in the
south, so I figured if ElderTreks could make a relative
smooth trip of Ethiopia they just might be able to do
the same for Cuba. I was not disappointed. ElderTreks
limits the group size to 16 people which gives them
flexibility that larger tours do not have.
citizens we are not able to travel to Cuba from the
states. Our government even tells us that we are not
allowed to go without special permits. So, rather than
deal with all of the red tape we have to use a
work-around. The trick is to go to another country first
and then go to Cuba.
has a direct flight from Toronto to Havana. Canada has a
trade policy with Cuba so Canadian citizens are welcome
and can easily travel to and from Cuba. It seems that
most Canadians who do go to Cuba only go for the
beaches. They go for a week or so and never venture from
the resort areas. It is a shame since Cuba's charm is in
the old parts of Havana, the smaller towns and villages,
the farms, and the national parks.
We did not
want to fly to Canada so we flew to Cancun, Mexico. In
Cancun we spent the night and took an Air Mexicana
flight to Havana the next day. After purchasing your
ticket in Cancun you take the ticket to a visa booth,
pay a departure tax of $15 in US dollars and are issued
a visa. Upon arriving in Havana, the customs officials
look at your passport and only stamp the visa. When
ready to depart Cuba you again go to a window at the
airport and pay a departure tax which is 25 CUC ( a CUC
stands for Cuban Convertible Peso). Cuban citizens use
Cuban Pesos which are about 26.5 pesos to the dollar.
The CUC is about .95 to a dollar. Foreigners are not
allowed to use anything but CUCs. There is a money
exchange booth at the airport but it usually does not
accept US dollars. I exchanged Euros but Canadian
dollars, British Pounds, or Japanese Yen would also
work. Credit card or ATMs using American banks will not
work in Cuba. Take cash.
questioned about doing Cuba on one's own. This is not
something that I would undertake. It could be done but
you would miss a lot of cultural exposure. The Cuban
government owns EVERYTHING and can change your hotel
without notice. You would have to hire a Cuban guide and
a taxi for the entire country. Cuba does not tell where
you can go but does tell you where you can not
go. Our tour leader was loaded with Cuban knowledge and
experience. He took us to places on the "can't go" list.
We visited farms, people's houses, schools, grandparents
home, school, cigar factory, rum factory, small local
restaurants, markets. and etc. It was not a cheap trip
but it was a trip that was done right.
Should anyone want more
information you can visit this web site:
or contact Maureen Atkinson at
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