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Mexican Folk Art in Valladolid

Casa de los Venados, Valladolid, Yucatán In Valladolid, Yucatán, Mexico there is a beautifully restored colonial hacienda-style home which houses a mind-shatteringly beautiful collection of Mexican Folk Art. John and Dorianne Venator are the collectors, and the owners of this … Continue reading

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Guatemalan Cemeteries part III – Care and Color

There are two characteristics that I found most notable in the cemeteries in Guatemala. The most immediately obvious is the extensive use of color. There is nothing sedate or boring about a Guatemalan cemetery.

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More Cemeteries in Guatemala

I have always had a bit of a fascination for cemeteries because they hold intriguing clues to the culture and history of an area. And perhaps I just enjoy walking with ghosts.

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Palenque Pueblo and the anonymous cementerio

The buses which leave the Chiapas town of Palenque, heading east, are each and every one scheduled to run overnight. This meant that I had one extra day to fill before my 10 pm departure for Tulum and the Riviera … Continue reading

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Cementerio de Cristóbal Colón, Havana

Cementerio de Cristóbal Colón Vedado District, Havana Established in 1876. The cemetery is criss-crossed by a neat grid of streets. In the center is the chapel, Capilla Central Avenida Cristóbal Colón bisects the plot into east and west halves. Toward … Continue reading

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Habana Centro

More views of the Centro District of Havana. Our Casa was one floor above street level on Calle Neptuno a one-way street heading west. Calle Neptuno is the route taken by the colectivo taxis heading in that direction. At dawn … Continue reading

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Where to stay in Havana

Options for short-stay tourist accommodations in Cuba are of three basic types. 1. Hotels, of varying degrees of comfort. 2. All-inclusive resorts (in the beach areas) where meals, beverages and beach activities are all included in the daily rate. 3. … Continue reading

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Embrace Burning Man

Ah back now from Black Rock City. So much to do. The dusty contents of my car are spread between the front lawn and the garage. I am now showered, rested, and fed. Going through the photos is the best … Continue reading

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The Rascals Do Sparks – Hot August Nights

Are August nights hot here in Northern Nevada? Well, not compared to July, but yeah, very pleasant T-shirt weather last night in downtown Sparks. The first week in August brings the classic cars and their admirers to town. It is … Continue reading

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Rose Jungle

There are paths through most parts of my garden, or there were. As the roses have filled out and grown up, so many of these pathways have essentially vanished. Sometimes the gardener has no choice but to fight through, but … Continue reading

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Garden Glimpses – Bring on the Bloom

It is Mid-May, and in a normal year there would be buds on the roses by now. But only buds. This is not a normal year. The garden roses were opening slowly, a good three weeks ahead of what is … Continue reading

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Garden glimpses – Roses in early May

Much of my garden is three weeks ahead of itself. And despite the nervous dread that a killing frost could still come along, it is a joy to have roses now starting their bloom. ‘Sutter’s Gold’ is a classic old … Continue reading

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Burning Man 2012

Nobody knew what to expect this year, but really one never does. That, in fact, is precisely what I most love about Burning Man, and what keeps me coming back to the dust and harshness of the Black Rock Playa. … Continue reading

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Costume Art at Burning Man

What is an appropriate Burning Man costume? There are as many answers to that as there are participants. Everything, anything. Or nothing. Costuming ranges from the gothic grunge of the DPW (Dept of Public Works) and the Death Guild, to … Continue reading

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Colors of Guatemala

Quetzal tail feathers photographed in Maya history museum, village of Chajul, Ixil Triangle, Department of Quiché The Resplendent Quetzal (Pharomachrus mocinno) is emblematic of Guatemala – it is the name of Guatemala’s currency and its national bird. And yes, it … Continue reading

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