SFMOMA, Henri Matisse and Richard Diebenkorn: What’s Not to Like?

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San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) has been opened for almost a year now and we have been enjoying our membership there (at least, when we are in town). Currently, it has a special exhibit that we visited. SFMOMA Matisse and Diebenkorn Exhibit SFMOMA’s Matisse/Diebenkorn exhibition traces the extension of Henri Matisse’s innovative treatment [Read more …]

Havana Cuba Restaurants and Hotel

Our last blog talked about the poor dining experience we had at an entertainment venue, Legends de Guarjirato. We don’t need (or want ) to rehash this disappointment so let’s move onto other dining experiences we had in Havana Cuba Havana Restaurants Paladar Los Mercaderes. Havana has many paladars. These are privately owned restaurants, as [Read more …]

Havana Cuba’s Nighttime Entertainment


Cuba is an island of music. We took advantage of every opportunity to explore different elements of this musical heritage. We spent many hours in cafes and lounges, selected primarily on the basis of the music they offered. Although this mandated many, many drinks, we made the necessary sacrifice to enjoy a broad range of [Read more …]

Vedado Neighborhood of Havana Cuba

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While most people think of Old Havana as being the place to visit, Havana has many other interesting neighborhoods This large neighborhood, on the northwestern edge of the city, was home to a number of the city’s most wealthy and powerful people from the mid-19th through mid-20th centuries. It currently has some of the city’s [Read more …]

Central Havana Cuba

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When one thinks of Cuba, one often thinks mostly of Old Havana. But Havana is more than Old Havana’s lovely Spanish Colonial buildings. Central Havana is dominated by huge, beautiful—but often very neglected—Neo-Classical public buildings. Built just outside the old city walls, it is a major thoroughfare and a popular strolling and shopping area for [Read more …]

Habana Vieja, or Old Havana

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Havana Cuba is a blend of beautiful old buildings and a newer section. Although no blog, nor pictures, nor words can describe the beauty of Old Havana, this blog will try to wet your appetite to visit this beautiful city. We spent many, many hours wandering Old Havana’s streets and exploring most of it historic [Read more …]

Havana Cuba’s Highlights


In 2012, we were fortunate enough to take an educational tour of Cuba. It was a formal-group-based cultural tour, and although we loved Cuba, the agency we worked through (Cuba Education Tours) sold us out to a group of travelling musicians whom we were forced to listen to time and time again (we believe they [Read more …]

San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum Han Dynasty Tomb Treasures

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San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum’s March 2017’s exhibit provides 160 highlights of one of China’s most recently excavated royal tombs; that of the Han Dynasty’s Emperor Liu Fei who ruled from 183 to 127 BC. Divided among three rooms, the exhibit examines and provides examples of the broad range of items that were placed in [Read more …]

Live from San Francisco, It’s China Live!

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It was years in the planning and the execution seemed to take even longer, but the long anticipated China Live marketplace has finally opened in San Francisco. From our initial, very limited experience, it appears to be on the road to meeting or exceeding expectations. And that is before we have had a chance to [Read more …]

Auckland Restaurants and Hotel

As usual, we found some interesting restaurants while visiting Auckland New Zealand Harbourside Ocean Grill, located in the city’s Ferry Building, is a seafood-centric restaurant where we had three entrée-sized dishes, all of which were good. Whitebait fritter (with lemon and chive butter sauce and fennel was like a whitebait (baby fish) omelet; not quite [Read more …]