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Photo Samples, Greater Antilles

Cuba, The Dominican Republic and Haiti

 

To most people, the Carribbean islands are a bunch of beautiful sandy beaches, surrounded by crystal clear water; a true Bounty Land with nothing but happy people. In many ways, this is true, and to make things even better, the people of the islands are just as beautiful. A friendly and colourful bunch of happy-go-lucky people to whom stress must be a town in Siberia. Heavy ganja smoking and lots of beer seems to be the rule of the day.

As usual, all photos are © Claus Qvist Jessen, and none of them may be used without my permission.

Colonial building; Havana, Cuba. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Like the rest of Cuba, Havana is full of old American cars, all of them being surprisingly well-kept and polished. This great Chevrolet is from 1956 - age 56 at the time of the picture; Havana, Cuba. © Claus Qvist Jessen

"What do you want?"; Havana, Cuba. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Pineapple vendors; Havana, Cuba. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Tobacco field; Viñales, Western Cuba. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Wheel-less ox cart transporting sugar cane remains to be used as animal fodder; Viñales, Western Cuba. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Local farmer; Viñales, Western Cuba. © Claus Qvist Jessen

The ever-present communist guru, Ernesto "Che" Guevara, staring at the people; Cienfuegos, central Cuba. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Even Eastern Bloc cars are allowed to live forever in Cuba - here a Polski Fiat from somewhere in the 70'ies; Cienfuegos, central Cuba. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Central Plaza of Trinidad the living museum of central Cuba. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Even in Trinidad, old Americans are seen everywhere; central Cuba. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Halfway inside an old building; Trinidad, central Cuba. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Have a cigar; Trinidad, central Cuba. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Cheeky girl; Trinidad, central Cuba. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Small kid in jail; Trinidad, central Cuba. © Claus Qvist Jessen

50-something years old Chevrolet Bel Air; Sanctus Spiritus, central Cuba. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Venerable old building; Sanctus Spiritus, central Cuba. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Revolutionary wall painting; Sanctus Spiritus, central Cuba. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Local farm somewhere in between Sanctus Spiritus and Morón.
© Claus Qvist Jessen

Sugar cane tractor repair in between Sanctus Spiritus and Morón.
© Claus Qvist Jessen

Morón, the town with the most coloumns anywhere - I guess; central Cuba. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Curious woman; Morón, central Cuba. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Old Ford on it's way across the 14 km causeway to Cayo Coco; north central Cuba. © Claus Qvist Jessen

All inclusive luxury hotel; Cayo Coco, north central Cuba. © Claus Qvist Jessen

5-6 pound bonefish caught on a fly rod off Cayo Romano; north central Cuba. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Close-up of the 5-6 pound bonefish above, caught on a fly rod off Cayo Romano. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Rodeo practice; north of Morón, north central Cuba. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Local cafe; Ciego de Avila, central Cuba. © Claus Qvist Jessen

The ever-present Castro duo; Ciego de Avila, central Cuba. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Aquarium fish of a pet shop; Ciego de Avila, central Cuba. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Newspaper vendor; Ciego de Avila, central Cuba. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Wall painting; Bayamo, eastern Cuba. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Bayamo, Local transport; eastern Cuba. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Green grocer; Bayamo, eastern Cuba. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Water boy; Bayamo, eastern Cuba. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Selling rum in lose weight; Bayamo, eastern Cuba. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Proud shopkeeper with his daughter; Bayamo, eastern Cuba. © Claus Qvist Jessen

The favourite sport of many Cubans: Chess. The level is quite high with many players above ELO 2000; Bayamo, eastern Cuba. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Catholic church; Santiago de Cuba. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Very old - and very run-down house; Santiago de Cuba. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Happy waiter; Santiago de Cuba. © Claus Qvist Jessen

2 months old baby from Santiago de Cuba. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Worth a fortune elsewhere: Hand-rolled cigars of Santiago de Cuba. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Oldest still-working church west of the Atlantic: The Catedral de las Americas; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Separate bell tower of Catedral de las Americas; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Inside the Catedral de las Americas; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Fuerta de Ozama, reportedly the oldest fort west of the Atlantic; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Another 16th Century building: The Pantheon Nacional of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Cristobal Colon (Christopher Columbus), the first settler west of the Atlantic (apart from the Vikings of Scandinavia, of course. Plaza Central, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Dominican Convent; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Classic house; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Main street; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Cigar manufacturer taking a break; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Carnival mask; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Cheeky girl during the carnival; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Another charming carnival girl smiling at the photographer; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Cheers! Carnival time in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Bell Tower designed by none less than Gustave Eiffel of France; Monte Christi, NW Dominican Republic. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Happy girl;Monte Christi, NW Dominican Republic. © Claus Qvist Jessen

The Bahía Blanca Hotel of Río San Juán (Rio San Juan), north coast of The Dominican Republic. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Hair salon; Río San Juán (Rio San Juan), north coast of The Dominican Republic. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Ice vendor; Río San Juán (Rio San Juan), north coast of The Dominican Republic. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Have a cigar; Río San Juán (Rio San Juan), north coast of The Dominican Republic. © Claus Qvist Jessen

As good as it gets: Playa Grande, northern Dominican Republic. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Preparing pina coladas loca style; Playa Grande, northern Dominican Republic. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Newly-built souvenir shops, catering for the cruise ship passengers; Samaná, north-eastern Dominican Republic. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Samaná, north-eastern Dominican Republic. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Fruit vendor; Samaná, north-eastern Dominican Republic. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Shoe-maker; Samaná, north-eastern Dominican Republic. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Carnival parade with a marine touch; Samaná, north-eastern Dominican Republic. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Carnival parade with a more Indian theme; Samaná, north-eastern Dominican Republic. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Carnival parade; Samaná, north-eastern Dominican Republic. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Thumbs up! Samaná, north-eastern Dominican Republic. © Claus Qvist Jessen

5-6 year old male hump-back whale; Bahía de Samaná, north-eastern Dominican Republic. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Another dream beach at Los Galeras, 30 kms north of Samaná, north-eastern Dominican Republic. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Fishing boats; Los Galeras, 30 kms north of Samaná, north-eastern Dominican Republic. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Local kids; Los Galeras, 30 kms north of Samaná, north-eastern Dominican Republic. © Claus Qvist Jessen

The cathedral of Cap-Haitien, northern Haiti. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Hair saloon; Cap-Haitien, northern Haiti. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Lottery shop (left) and tyre vendor (right); Cap-Haitien, northern Haiti. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Hot dog vendor; Plaza Central, Cap-Haitien, northern Haiti. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Unfortunately, none of the locals bother getting rid of the garbage in a proper way. it shows in the street and, sigh, the ocean; Cap-Haitien, northern Haiti. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Happy girl; Cap-Haitien, northern Haiti. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Local transport. It easily fits up to 15 people, some clinging to the outside; Cap-Haitien, northern Haiti. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Sans Souchi castle, ruined in 1842 by an earthquake, only 22 years after being built, Milot Village, northern Haiti. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Local "devils" of Milot Village, northern Haiti. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Drying the laundry; Milot Village, northern Haiti. © Claus Qvist Jessen

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