Friday, November 30, 2012

Carondelet Village

Several weeks ago I toured Carondelet Village while visiting a friend and was impressed with both the apartments and common interior areas as well as one of the outdoor spots.

To learn more about Carondelet Village, go here.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

James J. Hill Mansion

Summit Avenue
The Biggest House on a Hill
A Palatial Home

The James J. Hill House, in Saint Paul, Minnesota, was built by railroad magnate James J. Hill. The house, completed in 1891, is near the eastern end of Summit Avenue near the Cathedral of Saint Paul. The house, for its time, was very large and was the "showcase of St. Paul" until James J. Hill's death in 1916. 
Rear view of the house
It is listed as a U.S. National Historic Landmark, operated by the Minnesota Historical Society. (Credit: Wiki-go here to learn more about this house and its owner.)

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Two Paintings-ABC WEDNESDAY "T"

Here are Two Paintings
Are they of the same subject?
Ask Hazel to know.

Yesterday I introduced you to Hazel Belvo, artist, writer, mentor, and former colleague. The Gallery at St. Paul Academy-Summit School, where we both used to teach, is currently exhibiting some of Hazel's work, a 4-year retrospective of her paintings.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Spirit Tree

Painting by Hazel
Artist, Writer, and Teacher
A Former Colleague

The Spirit Tree by Hazel Belvo

This and other paintings by Artist Belvo currently are on exhibit at St. Paul Academy-Summit School where she once was a beloved art teacher and head of the fine arts department for many years.

Watch Hazel at work here on a YouTube video (3.35 minutes).

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Monday, November 26, 2012

Modern Ballet

Modern Dance Troupe
Many Twist and Turns Delight
Audience Enthralled

A few weeks ago a modern ballet company gave several free performances at O'Shaughnessy Auditorium on St. Kate's campus.  What a treat!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Hasta La Vista, Baby!

¡Si, Viva Cuba!
¡Hasta la Vista, Baby!
¡Cuba is Unique!

Today is my last photo from my Cuba trip. After reading all the comments from my fellow bloggers on "Obligations of Membership"listed on the Facebook CDP page,  it seems obvious that most members believe that photos should generate only from one's chosen city.  I don't agree since my travels are part of who I am with a desire to share cities that I visit, but I will bow to the wishes of the majority. I wrote a detailed explanation on the FB CDP thread, giving my reasons for straying which seemed logical to me.  I can't promise, however,  that I won't stray here and there on occasion in the future, but I'll try to stay within the original guidelines.

I have many other photos of Cuba, a country that I love, but you'll just have to go there yourself to see the city through your very own lens!  I recommend it; you won't be sorry. I want to go again.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Our Feathered Friends

Some birds in a cage
Pretty at rest or in flight
Content and happy

Some people might not like to see birds in a cage rather than flying free, but these birds were in an incredibly clean and attractive enclosure.  Since we have birds in our house, a parrot and a cockatiel, I do not find this offensive. I saw them while visiting a friend at Carondelet Village in Highland, a recently constructed and beautiful community for retired people that already has a loooong waiting list.  

To see more Camera Critters, go here.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Mimes in Old Havana

Need to Make Money
Entertainment on the Street
Supplements Income

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thanksgiving Day Meals on Wheels

Teacher Leaves Her Mark
They Can Still Work Together
Love Staying in Touch

Incredible as it may seem, Jim, my DH, still sees his second grade teacher.  Over the years, many of the boys who were taught by this remarkable woman occasionally take her out to lunch. During this Thanksgiving season, Jim and I volunteered with "Rosie" on one of her many pet projects, Thanksgiving Day Meals on Wheels. For several weeks beforehand we and others met at the founder's home, which is equipped with many phone banks to take orders from families.

A brief history of Thanksgiving Day Meals on Wheels in the Metro area:  The many volunteers prepare meals consisting of turkey, dressing, potatoes, vegetable, cranberries, rolls, and pumpkin or apple pie for families in need and delivers those meals to their homes on Thanksgiving Day. The founders, Bill Foussard and Barb Aslesen, work together with 2,000 volunteers who prepare and deliver the meals on Thanksgiving Day. The organization has grown from preparing 24 meals for 3 families on Thanksgiving Day in 1970 in St. Paul, to preparing 16,000 meals delivered to over 3,000 families last year. This year 19,000 meals will be delivered on Thanksgiving Day morning in the Metro area. It's a huge task but merchants and volunteers make this day successful. A big thank you to Bill and Barb who began this tradition so many years ago! 

And, thank you "Rosie" for staying in my husband's life!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Street Cleaners-ABC WEDNESDAY "S"

Each With a Different Style
Keeping the Streets Clean

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

ABC WEDNESDAY-"S"-Steam Engine

 Old-time Steam Engine
No-one Could Resist a Ride
A Step Back in Time

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Monday, November 19, 2012

Hemingway's Tower Studio-#7

 Papa's Studio
A Bright and Cheerful Place
High Above the Trees
My favorite room in Hemingway's Villa

Sunday, November 18, 2012

The Old Man and the Sea - Hemingway #6

The Famous Pilar,
Boat much loved by Hemingway
The Sea and Fishing

Moored originally at the fishing village of Cojimar, the boat was brought to Hemingway's villa after his suicide in 1961 and now sits on the old tennis courts. He loved fishing for swordfish and marlin and instead of a yacht used this small fishing boat with his good friend, Gregorio Fuentes, who is said to be the inspiration for Hemingway's novel, The Old Man and The Sea.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Hemingway's #5-Graveyard

The Four Dogs' Graveyard
Quite an Unexpected Sight
Note: Pilar, the Boat

Friday, November 16, 2012

Dining room-Hemingway #4

Splendid Place to Eat
Papa's Trophies on the Wall.
Not My Cup o' Tea!!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Cojimar Fort

A very old fort
Witnessed many fisherman
Looking out to sea

In Cojimar where Hemingway used to fish, play dominoes, and drink there is a small 14th century fort.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012


White Rum Mojitos
Refreshing Drinks for Our Group
Uum! So Very Good!

We drank our Mojitos in a Havana bar that was a favorite of Hemingway's.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Reminders of the Past-Hemingway #3-ABC WEDNESDAY

Retrace His Footsteps
The Village of Cojimar
Where Hemingway Fished

"The  main reason for visiting this former seaside village is to retrace the footsteps of Hemingway...who was a regular in the streets and bars.... The bust was paid for with donations from his fisherman friends.
(Credit: Cuba: Thomas Cook traveller guides). Apparently they donated anchors, hooks and tools to pay for the casting.

Although not as picturesque as it was in Hemingway's day, there are still Cubans who like to fish the area.

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Monday, November 12, 2012

Hemingway #2-Room, Two Views-

As Seen Through a Door
A Room of Books and Trophies
Fascinates Tourists

One of the rooms in Hemingway's villa.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Hemingway Week #1 Entrance to Home

Papa Hemingway's
Popular with All Tourists
Front Entrance to Home

At San Francisco de Paulo on the outskirts of Havana  is the only residence Ernest Hemingway ever owned outside the US.  He lived here, between  the periods of his wanderings, for almost 20 years. He left Cuba when the political situation heightened around 1958 under Batista and returned to his home in Idaho. When news of his suicide in 1961 reached Cuba, the home was made into a museum in 1962.  It was left basically as he left it, with 9000 books, typewriter, furnishings and valuable artwork. The rooms are off limits but can be viewed through doors and windows.

Tourist snapping a photo of one of the rooms.

This coming week I will post numerous photos connected in some way with Hemingway and Cuba.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Cuban People #7-Horse or Bike?-Camera Critters

Special Travel Modes
Either Horse or Bike
Especially in the Country

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Friday, November 09, 2012

Cuban People #6 School

La Terraza Village School Visit
 Principal of School
A Teacher in Her Classroom
Gracious and Friendly

I told Kay (Sequim, WA) yesterday that I would add pictures of some of the older students to this post today.

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Cuban People #5-Students

We visited a small village school in La Terraza, a beautiful rain forest area.

Students in Classrooms
Interested in Us, Too
Handsome Boys and Girls

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Cuban People #4 Dos Amigos

"I Love Miami" 
A Message Loud and Clear
Will They Travel Now?

* Move eliminates need for citizens to have exit visa

* Restrictions have been imposed since 1961

* Latest reform under President Raul Castro

By Jeff Franks

HAVANA, Oct 16 (Reuters) - Cuba will scrap much-reviled travel restrictions starting in January, making it easier for its citizens to leave the communist-ruled island in the first major reform to its migration policies in half a century.

The changes reverse tough restrictions imposed in 1961 when the government tried to put the brakes on a mass migration of people fleeing after the 1959 revolution that put Fidel Castro in power.

The government said on Tuesday it would lift requirements to obtain an exit visa permitting departure from Cuba and a letter of invitation from someone in the destination country, putting an end to a process that Cubans complained was too time consuming and expensive, with no guarantee of final approval.

Now, most Cubans will only have to show their passports, national identity cards and, if needed, a visa from the country they will visit to go abroad, deputy immigration chief Colonel Lamberto Fraga told reporters.

In theory, the changes should make it easier for Cubans not only to travel but to work abroad and return home when they want.

But Cubans will still need to obtain visas from most countries, which may not be easy because of fears that those who were granted tourist visas might not want to return to the island.

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Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Quintessential Salsa Instructors-Cuban People #3-ABC WEDNESDAY "Q"

These two artists of the dance gave our group an evening of salsa instructions and dance.

Two Salsa Dancers
Liquid Hips on Both of Them
Fluid and Rhythmic

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