The Parque Cespedes is the center of activity in Santiago de Cuba, a spectacularly beautiful city. I took this photo from the roof of the Hotel Granda.
Here’s a shot of the Parque at night taken from the second floor mezzanine of the Hotel Granda which is a great place to sit and watch the comings and goings on the street below.
The mountains descend to the shore of the very picturesque Santiago Harbor. I suggest a train ride from Havana to Santiago.
Before leaving on the trip during which I took these pictures one of my taveling companions suggested that the perfect picture from a trip to Cuba would be of an old woman smoking a cigar. We were sitting on a bench in the Parque Cespedes one day when this woman approach and permitted me to take her picture.
I ran across this tree while walking the streets of the Vedado neighborhood of Havana. I suppose I should note the following pictures and those I posted yesterday are from visits in 2003 and 2004.
If all goes according to plan I will be posting current photos over the next couple of weeks.
The following pictures are of mansions lining the Avenida de Presidentes, which is a wide boulevard with a wide, landscaped median containing sculptures of famous presidents from throughout the world, such as Lincoln and Allende. The mansions no serve as apartment houses. It is spectacular.
The Cuban Capitol building in Havana is modeled after the USA capitol building.
Beautiful buildings, representing the full range of architectural styles, from colonial, art deco, to modern, are pervasive in Havana.
The colonial building below includes Moorish arches, owing, I suppose, to the Moorish occupation of a large part of Spain and its consequent influence on Spanish architecture.
The following two building front on the oldest plaza in Old Havana, a World Heritage Site, around which the buildings have either been renovated or now being so.
Silly me, I thought that every reporter worth the job title (and there seem to be few) would know that the almost ten year old campaign lie that Gore had claimed to have “invented” the internet was just that – a campaign lie.
Now comes AP hack Philip Elliott, reporting on the growing importance of the internet in political campaigns, writing that:
“Al Gore claimed he invented it. John McCain predicted it would revolutionize political campaigning. Howard Dean made it pay; and then some.
“Ah, the Internet.”
Just for the record Al Gore never claimed to have “invented” the internet. He did claim in a March, 1999 conversation with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, “During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet.” Microsoft says of the Gore sponsored legislation: “The mass commercialization of today’s Internet is the direct result of this legislation.”
Eisenhower is widely credited with creating the interstate highway system but no one has suggested that Eisenhower ever claimed to have invented a highway.
The fact that AP editors released a story propagating ten year old campaign lie suggests that AP has morphed in a Wiki “news” source.
UPDATE 12/26/06: I see Steve Benen, writing at the Washington Monthly “Political Animal” blog has a similar reaction.