Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Havana - September 4, 2010

Havana: Colon Cemetery; Ferry Ride; Perfecto Romero; Children's Dance Theatre

Necropolis Cristobol Colon (Colon Cemetery)
There were many interesting statues, tombs, trees, and people in this cemetery -- named after Christopher Columbus.  Photographing in a cemetery can be awkward. For example, I tried to keep my distance when taking a picture of a burial service about to take place.

Some of the gravesites/monuments here are in great shape, others, not so much.
Ferry Ride 
We were able to take a ferry boat across the harbor to an area where there was an interesting church. Many people came to pray at this church, in part we were told, because of the black madonna there.

Perfecto Romero
Perfecto Romero, most well-known for his black and white photographs taken during the Revolution, spoke to the group about being assigned to follow Che Guevara and others during the late 1950s. We were able to see black and white prints from his extensive portfolio.

Children's Dance Theatre
In the evening we were treated to a performance by La Colmenita (the beehive). This group of children of various ages had been on tour, and I believe had performed in the U.S. as well.

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