Focusing on Tile and Mosaics in Cuba

Goofing in Cuba in August 2017.

In August 2017, we joined 5 Reddish’s and one Michael for 5 days in Havana, Cuba.  I could write 15 blogs on the different paths we took on the trip, but this blog is focusing on the mosaics and tiles we saw in Cuba.

The first day we were in Havana, we went to Fusterlandia.  There were blocks of mosaics on the walls, ground, ceilings and more! Click here to read more.  Check out the many pictures below.

These were a few of my favorites!

This was Hugo Chavez, the President of Argentina.  Read more on him here.


This was a tribute to Princess Diana after her death in 1996. This was one of my favorites.

IMG_9155One of the many things I noticed when we went site-seeing in Havana were all the different types of tile on the floors and walls.  There were so many unique tiles that were 30, 40, 50 years old. At the museum below, they were pretty standard.

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But as we walked around more, we noticed so many different colors, patterns, and more. The tiles below were on the wall up the stairs on the way to our Air B and B we stayed in one night in Old Havana.IMG_9534

On the floors, as I looked in the different doors and windows, I saw so many different varieties.

Someday I will do some research on what these tile patterns mean.

Cuba was an amazing place for photos of each other as well.

One place the tile was nice and cool, because no place is air-conditioned in Cuba, was our Air B and B with the Reddish family.  Laurel and I enjoyed playing air hockey, basically hogging the table!  She beat me once and I think I won once.  We laughed and laughed!

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Hurricane Katrina did a number on Cuba too, including this former nightclub near our place in Santa Maria del Mar.

On the same walk, we ran across a couple of men fishing. Weren’t these fish colorful?  Amazing!

Who is ready to back to Cuba?  IMG_9224



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Why Travel, Cooking and DIY? A creative type, I have always loved painting and decorating as a hobby. Upcycling is a real passion. My mom was a Home Ec teacher when we were growing up. I learned a lot from her and because I love hosting get-togethers, I had to step up my game in the kitchen as well. And lastly, my love of travel comes from my Grandma Schmitt.

An Illinois native, I worked in the White House Communications Agency early in my career (President Reagan), prior to returning to Illinois State University to finish my undergraduate and Master's. After a couple of post-graduate internships (minor league baseball and Big Ten Conference), I then worked in college athletics full-time for more than 22 years -- first at the University of South Carolina for 15 years and then at Santa Clara University for the last seven years. We moved to Tampa, Florida in Dec., 2016 after spending 8.5 years in Northern California.

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