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June 3, 2020

A step back in time, my Havana!

So looking at my vault of photos or rather CD-Roms I came up some older photos of a time gone by of memories not to be forgotten and family roots. I have written several posts on this native experience of mine very translucent as the times goes by and memory starts to flicker. Let me tell you a bit about my dear Havana or La Habana or San Cristobal de La Habana.

It was the ultimate Caribbean destination, the “Paris of the Americas” (Hemingway ), the “key to the gulf (of mexico) the bulkward of the West Indies (Caribbean_ King Philip II of Spain), to the whole of Cuba. It brings back memories of childhood, and still vibrates the world from no matter what place on the fence you might be. It is a beautiful city, if only can be kept in one piece. It was once the Pearl of the Antilles, the most chic city of Latin America until the revolution destroyed everything; streets names were changed, city names were change, people left in hordes, and more poverty than ever sets in all under the glorious revolution still there. I need to say this.

We spent many times by the Malecon and going in by the Paseo del Prado going into the Capitol (see post)/ last trip we were on a Ford 1954 lol!! things indeed change.

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All the Malecon area now is half and half some renovated with the help of Unesco and other crumbling. We just saw the inner soul of the buildings like the fabled Riviera hotel, and tried to remember what they were before…

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Then, we went under the bay of Havana on the old Tunnel that we enjoyed so much riding it.

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And we passed by the University of Havana, where my Mom did studies before transfering to the Catholic Univ ,sister univ of Villanova in Philadelphia , PA USA at the time.

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We passed by another favorite of my family that took me there still very early in my life. This is the Cinema Trianon!  It is at Avenida Linea beween A Street & B Street. It was built in 1920 ,and completely re-modeled in 1955 and became the release theatre for 20th Century Fox films. My picture is from when it was renovated back in 1998.

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And we move on to the Morro Castle (Castillo de los Tres Reyes Magos del Morro) where the remodeled all castle had a nice restaurant call the 12 Apostoles or apostles. My dear late wife Martine enjoy the trip down to my roots.

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And this is end of the trip for me with the pictures I found, bear in mind these are paper photos that I took a picture from. The pictures all date from 1998 when we went from France.  

One more post down memory lane, many moments spent with the family now almost all gone from there. I was the first one! 49 years ago…..Hope you enjoy the pictures.

Havana is a city to fall in love for no matter what period of time in history you may choose to visit.  Enjoy the ride into nostalgia land.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

June 3, 2020

Spruce Creek fly-in, Port Orange!

And another nostalgia post oh well, these are the times!! I seaching into my vault as mentioned many photos lots of material but a hard work indeed. Going back to my times in the state of Florida, where I lived for 18 years Central and South of it.  Again, went to College here (ERAU), got my job here, married at city island municipal courthouse and my oldest son was born at Halifax Hospital, ok…

Only have one photo again from this period, with my dear late wife Martine at the Spruce Creek fly-in in Port Orange just south of Daytona Beach, Florida. I happened to be here because my father did tile pool work for a man who was one of the founders of the Sabre reservation system for American Airlines and lived there so my father tag me alone. Because the anecdote of the trip this men neighbor was John Travolta and wife Cynthia which I met!!! Unfortunately rather private encounter and no photos allowed of his Cessna 310 jet lol!

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What I did get was a ride on our friend Cessna 172 all over the Kennedy Space center and back, with my family so it is nostalgic for me indeed. Hope you enjoy the post and heck, great properties to have there if you need to park your airplane in your hangar garage lol!

A bit on the spot Spruce Creek Fly-in.

Spruce Creek Airport  (FAA LID 7FL6) is a private airport and housing community located in Port Orange, 7 miles or about 11 km south of Daytona Beach, Volusia county, Florida. It was originally constructed during WWII as an outlying field (OLF) to nearby Naval Air Station DeLand and Daytona Beach.

Port Orange is a city in Volusia County, Florida  which initially was settled by John Milton Hawks, who brought freed blacks to work at his sawmill after the  US Civil War. The area that became known as Freemanville is a legacy of the settlers who stayed in the area. It is also,known for the harbor or port where oranges were shipped all over therefore the name of Port Orange.

The Spruce Creek Fly-in is west of the I95 interstate highway .The best way to get there is get on US 1 (South Ridgewood ave) and turn right into the Dunlawton avenue or SR 421, it then becomes Taylor Road (we did drag racing here during good old college days!!) this is still the SR 421. Then turn left on the Spruce Creek Blvd you have a couple turns remaining but signs lead you to Spruce Creek Fly in. Wonderful countryside on the mainland. Port Orange is on the other side of the Intracoastal waterways so no beach, for that you need to turn into Dunlawton avenue over the bridge into Daytona Beach Shores left or Wilbur by the Sea right.

Some webpages to help you plan your visit here are

Spruce Creek fly in on its history webpage: Fly In on history of Spruce Creek

The Spruce Creek journal (newspaper) and housing: Spruce Creek Journal

The city of Port Orange on its history: City of Port Orange on its history

And there you go another nostalgia lane story of yours truly. Yes it has been a long trek on various continents and countries and what not, all worth it, very rich, and always missing these places as a reluctant traveler does always. Hope you enjoy Spruce Creek Fly In at Port Orange.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

June 3, 2020

A multi themes museum , Daytona Beach!

Well hard to come up with a post title and my rudimentary creative mind…. But rather than not write about it , its a start. This is in nostalgia sentimental route of mine and on these days it’s the perfect time.

I , if you have read my blog, lived for 18 years in the State of Florida , central and south of it. One big spot was Daytona Beach! I went to university studies there and worked, and married, and had my oldest son at the Halifax hospital. Therefore, know the area quite well.  Of course, I have several posts on it .However, I like this time to write about a multi themes museum in Daytona Beach.

The Museum of Arts and Sciences, often referred to as MOAS, is one nice place to visit while in Daytona Beach, Volusia county, Florida,  The museum is a member of the American Alliance of Museums , and an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. Very dear to me as I was one of the volunteers who helped clean and place some of the artwork in the Cuban Foundation museum with Dr Libby back in 1978. Read on…

The Museum of Arts & Sciences was founded in 1955. However, all started when in 1977, art historian Gary Russel Libby was hired as the Executive Director of the Museum of Arts and Sciences which became accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and a Smithsonian Affiliate under Libby’s leadership. The Museum grew from one location of 7,000 sq. ft. to 120,000 sq. ft. with three different locations. During his time as director, Libby organized and led the first international museum travel program in Florida. This annual program introduced cultural treasures in Mexico, Central America, South America, Europe, Scandinavia, North and Equatorial Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and Australia to thousands of central Floridians who attended these interpreted educational and cultural expeditions. At his 2002 retirement, the Trustees of the Museum of Arts and Sciences named Libby as the first Director Emeritus and named the Lobby of the Museum as the “Gary R. Libby Entry Court.” A well deserved nomination and more.

A story dear to my history roots is here, and a must for all interested in Cuban history and the arts. Not in Miami, but Daytona Beach!!!

The newly rebuilt West Wing of the Museum opened on October 30, 2015. This was great as the previous space was rather cramp and dull.  This expansive wing of MOAS is home to the Cuban Foundation Museum, amongst other museums themes. The largest permanent exhibition of Cuban  art outside of Cuba!!! yes

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Here you will see an exhibit that chronicles 300 years of Cuban history and culture. The art collection is a legacy of former Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista, who lived in Daytona Beach off and on during the 1940s and 1950s. He came to Daytona Beach and bought a house on North Halifax Avenue in the mid-1940s when term limits prevented him from seeking a second term and his successor in office would not guarantee his security. For direction North Halifax Avenue runs along the Halifax river part of the Intracoastal river highway dividing mainland and beachside in most of Florida. It starts north of Main Street bridge and goes all the way north. The old locals I met remember him fondly, not us of course, unfortunately the next one was worse.

While president, Batista vacationed in Daytona Beach with his wife and children. The city celebrated him with a parade and declared it Bastista Day on March 24, 1956. Batista rode in an open air convertible with Mayor Frank Morrison, waved to crowds lining the street and later spoke at a reception with a U.S. senator, according to news reports from the time. During the visit, Batista gave his two properties at 137 and 145 N Halifax Ave. to the city, and formalized the creation of a Cuban Foundation Museum. And Batista’s former homes were later torn down and replaced with St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, which is still there. When it became clear that Batista would be overthrown by Castro, he sneaked out of Cuba on Jan. 1, 1959. At the time, the Eisenhower administration would not let him back into this country. Batista’s wife and son, Roberto, were living in the former Ransom Olds mansion at 129 N Halifax Ave (now the Greek Orthodox church) . Batista would never set foot in America again and died in Spain in 1973.

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Some webpages to help you plan a trip to the museum and the Cuban art to follow

The museum of Arts and Sciences of Daytona Beach: Official MOAS

The MOAS Cuban Foundation Museum section: Official MOAS on the Cuban Foundation Museum

City of Daytona Beach on the MOAS museumCity of Daytona Beach on MOAS

The State of Florida tourist office on the MOAS museum in Daytona BeachState of Florida tourist office on MOAS

Ok so I am glad found one old photo (showing the Vuelta Abajo tabacco area and Yumuri caves) and got me the idea to tell you about this wonderful place that I worked as a college student and help arranged some wonderful Cuban art pieces. Hope you like it and do visit , something wonderful to do away from the beach, the MOAS at Daytona Beach.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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