Fireman’s Monument, Colon Cemetery, Havana
My visit to Cuba a couple of months ago with my husband was a wonderful experience with lots of cultural activities, warm hospitality everywhere we went, new friends on our tour, hearty food, and lots of rum. Did I mention warm weather and balmy breezes? As a
lazy sporadic blogger, I’ve neglected to post many photos of our trip but here’s a little taste of the interesting things we saw.
We traveled before Obama announced that the US is loosening travel restrictions; the Cubans were very friendly and didn’t seem to harbor ill will towards us. Toward our government, perhaps…
The photo above from Colon Cemetery focuses on a frightening bat and a nun holding a sprig of flowers. The memorial honors firefighters who died in a terrible fire in 1890.
Banyan trees are so alien with their exposed roots.
Vintage American Cars
There were dozens of old American cars lovingly painted and cared for. I rode in one our last night there and I was amazed at how well kept the interior was. Many of them now have Mitsubishi or other non-original motors but they still look so incredibly cool.
Ernest Hemingway’s House with View of Booze Bottles
I took this shot from outside Hemingway’s home, Finca Vigia. Tourists aren’t allowed inside but we wandered the grounds and looked through the windows.
I want a mail slot like this!
We ate at a restaurant that had these old typewriters near the entrance. Cuban people make use of so many things we would just throw away; they’re an incredibly resourceful people.
Have you been to Cuba, or would you go?
Looking across the river to Pudong (c) Todd Mecklem
I’m still processing a recent trip to Shanghai. It was wonderful, overstimulating, fun, irritating, modern and ancient. These photos show the modern side of Shanghai. I was surprised at how hip the city felt in many places – the selection of restaurants and shopping was a capitalist’s dream. I’ll highlight other sides of the city in coming posts.
Gap and Apple (c)Todd Mecklem
Bike share (c) Todd Mecklem
Shanghai street scene (c)Todd Mecklem
Modern Shanghai skyscrapers
Louis Vuitton store
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What city strikes you as the most modern you’ve visited? And the oldest?
I took a short jaunt to Mexico City recently and thought I’d share some foodie photos. It’s a very metropolitan city with myriad restaurants of all kinds scattered across the city. Here are just a few of the delights I tasted. Enjoy!
Chile en nogado from Restaurante Escuela Zéfiro
French toast from Patisserie Dominique
Baguettes and treats at Patisserie Dominique
Omelette at Patisserie Dominique
Spring rolls from 123-Comida Tienda
Pad thai 123-Comida Tienda
Tacos and Negro Modelo
It’s cold and rainy here in Portland today so I’m daydreaming of somewhere warm, like Hong Kong. The first day of spring feels very winter like.
Hong Kong is a great place to take photographs because there are so many visually interesting things to look at. My husband, Todd Mecklem, took these shots during our recent visit. Enjoy your virtual visit!
Sea glass. ©Todd Mecklem
Hong Kong harbor. © Todd Mecklem
Detail of rope on ferry. ©Todd Mecklem
Dried shrimp. ©Todd Mecklem
Woman drying shrimp. ©Todd Mecklem
Fish being cooked in the night market. ©Todd Mecklem
Large grains of sand. ©Todd Mecklem
Hong Kong skyline. © Todd Mecklem
I dug out a few holiday photos from some of the trips my husband and I have taken since we’ve been together – some in places you might not expect. Enjoy!
Santa’s Helper, Istanbul. Photo by Todd Mecklem.
Christmas Market, Berlin.
Holiday Lights, Hong Kong.
Drinking gluhwein in Berlin.
Sinterklaas display, Amsterdam shop window. Photo by Todd Mecklem.
Bon Nadal, Barcelona.
Christmas tree cutting trip to Mt. Hood forest.