This cat was not phased by the people coming and going into this building which I think was one of the new shops being operated in the city of Sancti Spiritus in Cuba. Truly a cool cat. Copyright Paul Andrews and Caroline Schmutz, http://www.junagarhmedia.co.uk
I haven’t had the pleasure of going for a drink in this pub although I should have by now. It does look fairly traditional East End boozer. The outside is amazing. Check out these superb green tiles. It is located on the corner of Scrutton Street and Holywell Road in Shoreditch in London. Copyright http://www.junagarhmedia.co.uk
Not those Beatles, the other Beetles seen here in the 2014 Vevey Retro Car Show held on the 14th of September 2014. See other photos on our Flickr or Junagarh Media sites, , http://www.junagarhmedia.co.uk.
Beny and Roberto run an excellent casa in the city of Santa Clara in Cuba and they own a very old red Pontiac. If you are visiting Cuba staying in a casa is the best way of meeting the real Cuban people. You can see more of our Cuban photos on our Flickr site, just search for Junagarh or on our website http://www.junagarhmedia.co.uk.
If you want to stay in a great little hotel in Paris that is a just a little different then try Hotel de Nesle. It’s a little bizarre but really wonderful and is still family owned. It’s not for those who like their magnolia walled bland boxes as you can see from the photos. Paris, what a fabulous city. We stayed in this hotel in 2014 and 2015 and will certainly go back the next time we go to Paris. It just oozes character. Book it direct though because if you do it through the internet they loose a huge 17%! Copyright Paul Andrews and Caroline Schmutz, Junagarh Media, http://www.junagarhmedia.co.uk
On one of our trips to Paraguay we went to the local fire station in Sajonia where one of family that we know there was volunteering. The fire station is staffed by volunteers only although I could be wrong on that one and if I remember correctly the equipment is all donated. We were very fortunate on the day that we went as they had a ceremony to mark the opening of their museum room in the station and we were very honoured to be there. I don’t know if the dog belonged to one of the volunteers, I think it did, but it quite clearly wanted to take part in the line up. Copyright Junagarh Media, http://www.junagarhmedia.co.uk.
This is a photo I took on the 6th of April as a large number of runners were heading towards the Bastille in Paris. We didn’t see a lot of the event but at the various parts of the course that we did see there didn’t appear to be the public support for it that you would see in London. It was a fairly nice Spring day but despite running past many apartments with balconies the balconies were generally empty. Given the beauty of Paris it is a shame that the event isn’t better supported by the public. The organizers had done a lot of work and there was live music at places. And 50,000 runners registered for the event. Copyright Junagarh Media, http://www.junagarhmedia.co.uk.
One of the species of trees that England is famous for, the oak, seen here on this hot summer’s day providing shade in this field. I need to read about the subject again but if I remember correctly a lot of the country was stripped of these in the past to build the ships that put the Great in Britain depending on how you look at the country’s history. Copyright Junagarh Media, http://www.junagarhmedia.co.uk.
I pictured this beautifully restored American car in the city of Trinidad with the Museum of the Revolution in the background. While I love cars myself (and I would like to find a way of sharing mine) I’m hoping that two things don’t happen with the thawing of US Cuban relations. The first is that these old cars don’t just get scrapped or exported to collectors in the rest of the world. They are now part of Cuba’s heritage and as such should be restored and used in Cuba. Secondly, I hope that Cuba doesn’t get flooded with new cars as that is the last thing it needs. Many of the streets are small and narrow and the Cuban cities don’t need to end up looking like any capitalist city. As Cuba is starting from scratch as it were it needs an organised scheme of shared car ownership where cars can be booked for an hour or more when needed and are placed conveniently throughout towns and cities. This in association with a decent public transport system should keep the streets clear, safe and clean and not tie up money on these expensive items which for most people sit idle for much of the day. The crazy world of the West is like it is because of poorly designed, inconvenient and expensive public transport systems. My hope that as in most other things that Cuba does that it again dares to be different. Copyright Junagarh Media, http://www.junagarhmedia.co.uk.
I’m sure that if you welded together a load of scrap iron and then painted it in the UK or some other countries and displayed it somewhere that you would get paid a fortune for what your average trainee welder probably gets paid a pittance for. Yes, I know I’m very cynical. Maybe in Coro, Venezuela where this photo was taken the person or persons who created this wonderful piece of work were too or maybe they were just paid for doing a decent day’s work like the rest of us. Art is for everyone isn’t it? We did think however that at the time there was very little difference between the buses running and the ones hanging on the wall. On one bus we experienced a dramatic bang from some suspension component failing. The trouble was that the used part that they replaced it with didn’t look all that different from the component being removed. But that’s how a lot of the world still works. Copyright Junagarh Media, http://www.junagarhmedia.co.uk.