Rad A. Drew Photography: Cuba!

Continental Divide at Dawn

Continental Divide at Dawn
Continental Divide at Dawn

Cuba!

Photography Tour 

for iPhone and Traditional Photographers 

with Sally Wolf & Rad Drew 

October 11-21

Old Havana, Cuba
© Rad A. Drew
Imagine yourself in Cuba, looking through the camera lens, warm air on your skin, a smile on your face, and not a worry in your head. Experience the Pearl of the Antilles in all its glory and grit during a ten-day photography experience with a small, intimate group of like-minded adventurers. 

Your experience begins in Miami, Florida, where we meet and fly directly to Havana, Cuba. Over the next ten days, we'll explore the great city of Havana, including plazas and architecture within Old Havana, the city of Trinidad, and villages in between. You'll be well taken care of by Sally and me, freeing you to immerse yourself in the experience. We've made the plan, so join us, will you?

From the moment you set foot in Havana, you'll feel that you are in another world; in place, in time, and in history. Once one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Havana is today a city with a rich culture, a complex past, and a promising future.

On this tour, you'll have the opportunity to meet and interact with the Cuban people, learning a bit about how they work and live. You'll find the Cuban people very warm, friendly and welcoming. We'll roam the streets of Old Havana, stroll down the Prado, and walk along the Malecon, the boulevard by the sea. In the evening, old cars from the 40s and 50s cruise along the Prado providing opportunities for "Panning on the Prado!"



Panning on the Prado!
© Rad A. Drew


Our exploration of Havana will include numerous sites that prompted UNESCO to name Habana Vieja (Old Havana) a World Cultural Heritage site.

This old center of the city contains a mix of Baroque and neoclassical monuments, and includes many homes with arcades, balconies, wrought-iron gates and internal courtyards.

We'll visit the five plazas of Habana Vieja – Plaza de Armas, Plaza Vieja, Plaza de San Francisco, Plaza del Cristo and Plaza de la Catedral – each with its own unique architectural character.

The image below was made in Central Square shortly after sunrise before many people were out.

Central Square, Old Havana
© Rad A. Drew
We'll explore the Latinoamericano Stadium, built in 1946 as the top baseball stadium in Latin American. The field and track are still used by residents today but the structures are in a state of disrepair.


Latinoamericano Stadium, Havana
©Rad A. Drew
Outside of Havana we'll visit a number of small towns and villages, none more quaint than the fishing village of Cojimar. This beautiful town was a haunt of Hemingway's while he was writing the Old Man and the Sea. Of the places we'll visit, this is one of the most serene and picturesque.


Sea-Side Home in Cojimar
© Rad A. Drew


Cojimar Castle
© Rad A. Drew


As we travel from Havana to Trinidad, we'll stop at interesting sites along the way. The image below is of boats at a small fishing village near Trinidad.


Fishing Boats near Trinidad
© Rad A. Drew
And then there's Trinidad! Founded by the Spanish in 1514, Trinidad is one of the best-preserved cities in the Caribbean from the time when the sugar trade was the main industry in the region. We'll walk the cobble-stone streets of the city and visit the Plaza Mayor at the center of town and eat in small restaurants, some in the homes of Cuban families.

The woman pictured below was selling straw hats in front of her home. When asked if she made them herself, she invited me into her modest home and began to show me. Her hands flew as she demonstrated her art.


Hat Maker, Trinidad
© Rad A. Drew
This shot of the city (below) is an iPhone panorama taken from a rooftop restaurant that was owned by a local family. It was the rooftop of their home and meals were prepared in their family kitchen. This was not only one of the best views afforded of the city, but some of the best food as well! 




About the Tour Leaders

Sally and Rad have been friends for a couple of years, shooting together throughout Indiana, as well as shooting on their own in locations around the world. Together they possess 50 years of photography experience with a variety of cameras shooting all types of images from portraits to architecture to landscapes to still life. As a team they compliment each other’s skills in ways that are a huge benefit to participants. Whatever you’re shooting with, they’ve got you covered!

Sally Wolf
Sally Wolf is a seasoned veteran of many types of photography and graphic arts experience. She holds a B.S. in Art Education from Indiana University and taught art in the public schools before working in her family’s corporate audiovisual business. There, Sally applied her graphics and photography talents to meet the needs of commercial and industrial clients. Since 2000, Sally has photographed weddings, and shot portrait sessions and commercial photography. Today she works in the studio that she officially opened in 2010 in Arcadia, Indiana. Sally has won numerous photographic awards including the Indiana State Fair, Lafayette Art Museum, Anderson Center for the Arts, Honeywell Clark Gallery, and Kokomo Art Association.  She’s been named Photographer of the Year by the Photo Venture Camera Club three times and is also a member of Hamilton County Photo Club.    

Rad A. Drew
Rad A. Drew is a professional photographer who lives with his wife in historic Irvington, Indiana, on the east side of Indianapolis.
Although a traditional camera photographer much of his life, in recent years he's become an iPhone photography enthusiast. His creative iPhone images have received numerous awards and have made their way into galleries and juried international competitions showing in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, New York, Toronto, Collingwood, Seattle, and Melbourne. He is author of the fine art books, In Good Light, Images of the Circle City and Rural Indiana, A Beauty all its Own, and is a contributor to today’s most comprehensive volume of iPhone instruction, The Art of iPhone Photography: Creating Great Photos and Art on Your iPhone.
He teaches mobile photography around the country to individuals, corporations, and professional organizations. His destination tours are great ways to learn while photographing beautiful areas of the world. For more information contact Rad directly or visit his web site, www.RadDrewPhotography.com.

Travel Itinerary Overview

  • Oct 11 overnight in Miami
  • Oct 12 Charter Flight to Havana
  • Oct 12, 13, 14 at Havana's Hotel Parque Central
  • Oct 15 Bus to Trinidad with stops in villages along the way
  • Oct 15, 16, 17 in Hotel Iberostar Trinidad
  • Oct 18 Bus to Havana with stops in villages along the way
  • Oct 18, 19, 20 in Havana's Hotel Parque Central
  • Oct 21 Charter Flight to Miami

Tour Cost

$5,600;  ($500 Single Room Supplement)

Terms and Conditions

  • A deposit of $1000.00 per person is required at the time of booking. 
  • Once file is paid in full, cancellation penalties apply.

Fees include:

  • Roundtrip charter flight from Miami to Havana
  • Entry Visa
  • 1 night in Miami prior to departure to Havana
  • 9 nights in Cuba's finer hotels (3 Havana, 3 Trinidad, 3 Havana)
  • $100 (87 Cuc) in Cuban currency upon arrival in Havana
  • Some meals (~ 9 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners) (meals "on our own" will allow us to experience smaller, more intimate eateries, often in family homes.)
  • Ground transportation in Cuba
  • Spanish Speaking Guide


Fees DO NOT include:

  • Travel Insurance (recommended to purchase and available from P&G Travel)
  • Personal Expenses
  • Meals not indicated
  • Gratuities


Important

Documentation Requirements: A valid passport, and an Entry Visa (provided) is required for Cuba. Remember to place aside CUC$25 cash for the Cuban departure tax to be paid upon check-in. No other currency or credit cards accepted.


Registration

To register, mail check to: 

P&G Travel

9421 Jane Street-Unit 121
Maple, Ontario, Canada
L6A 4H8
(Use sufficient postage for Canada.)

Payment by check is to avoid merchant fees. If you wish to pay by credit card because of points or insurance, there is a 5% addition for credit card use.



Cancellation

45 Days Prior to arrival date – $500
44 to 31 days prior to arrival date – 50% of total cost.
30 days to arrival – 100% of total cost





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