Cuba Travel Photos #45 – The Architecture of Old Havana – Part Five

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More Cuban travel photos to come…

All photographs were taken by Jennifer Jigour in Cuba at the end of November of 2014.

Until next time, PEACE, LOVE, & CREATIVITY, Jennifer

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Cuba Travel Photos #44 – The Architecture of Old Havana – Part Four

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More Cuban travel photos to come…

All photographs were taken by Jennifer Jigour in Cuba at the end of November of 2014.

Until next time, PEACE, LOVE, & CREATIVITY, Jennifer

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Cuba Travel Photos #41 – The Architecture of Old Havana – Part One

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More Cuban photos to come…

All photographs are by Jennifer Jigour  taken in Cuba during Thanksgiving week 2014.

Until next time, Peace, Love & Creativity, Jennifer

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Cuban Travel Photos #40 – Paladres La Ferminia

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Paladres La Ferminia was the first restaurant we went to in Cuba. This Paladres is family owned and is occupied in an old mansion.

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Photos of Fidel are lovingly hung in many establishments such as this.

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More Cuban photos to come…

All photographs are by Jennifer Jigour  taken in Cuba during Thanksgiving week 2014.

Until next time, Peace, Love & Creativity, Jennifer

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Cuba Travel Photos #39 – Community Mosaic Art Project – Part Two

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More Cuban photos to come…

All photographs are by Jennifer Jigour  taken in Cuba during Thanksgiving week 2014.

Until next time, Peace, Love & Creativity, Jennifer

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Cuba Travel Photos #38 – Community Mosaic Art Project – Part One

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More Cuban photos to come…

All photographs are by Jennifer Jigour  taken in Cuba during Thanksgiving week 2014.

Until next time, Peace, Love & Creativity, Jennifer

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Cuba Travel Photos #36 – Art Block Print From Cienfuegos, Cuba

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Just one Cuban image today. Today I’d like to honor the artist of this work. This is the only work of art I purchased in Cuba. Being an artist myself it is difficult to find room on the walls for other peoples artwork. However, as I sell more work and more wall space appears I’m delighted to share my home with the beautiful minds of artist around the world. This work of art is a block print. It is a very interesting process. I did a little bit of it myself when I was in high school, but I prefer doing photography and watercolor/oil painting. I do really admire the artwork of artist who work in a different media than I do. I enjoy seeing how different minds express themselves. That is one of the reasons why I chose this piece.

The name of the artist is Pedro Gonzalez of Cienfuegos, Cuba.

Pedro, thank you for your lovely work of art . From one artist to another I wish you all the success in the world.

More Cuban photos to come…

Until next time, Peace, Love & Creativity, Jennifer

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Cuba Travel Photos #35 – The Symphony in Cienfuegos

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Meet the Symphony in Cienfuegos, Cuba.

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Instead of describing how awesome they are. You should see yourself. Please view the video below, Which I believe is the Cuban national song.🙂

Can I just say before you watch the YouTube clip, that our entire Cuban tour group were so touched by these musicians. Some of their music brought me close to tears. You have to understand that we saw them only a few weeks before President Obama announced the new relationship with Cuba and we were watching these musicians thinking,  “wow, I wish the rest of America hear this.”

I’m sorry my camera work isn’t as good though. Still, I hope you enjoy!!!

More Cuban photos to come…

All photographs are by Jennifer Jigour  taken in Cuba during Thanksgiving week 2014.

Until next time, Peace, Love & Creativity, Jennifer

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Cuba Travel Photos #34 – Ernest Hemingway’s Home in Havana – The Interior

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Hemingway’s bedroom in Cuba. After he passed away his family donated his home to the Cuban government. Everything was left as it was when Hemingway left his home for the last time. Everything is still in it’s place. It is a time capsule of his home and way of life.

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More Cuban photos to come…

All photographs are by Jennifer Jigour  taken in Cuba during Thanksgiving week 2014.

Until next time, Peace, Love & Creativity, Jennifer

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Cuba Travel Photos #32 – Puppy Love in Cuba

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Happy Almost Valentines Day! To celebrate all the difference kinds of love in the world lets look at some of the love we found in Cuba’s Furry Friends.🙂

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This little guy was so friendly. He reminded us of our little Polly.

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Of course, I knew that while we were away I would really miss Polly so I brought along a Beanie Baby Beagle Substitute which I posed in front of a view of Havana.

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Still, nothing compares to our own little bundle of puppy love when we came home.

Sending lots of Love to you all out there this Valentine’s Day whether you are American, Cuban or a Puppy.

Happy Almost Valentine’s Day!!!

Until next time, Peace, Love & Creativity, Jennifer

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Cuba Travel Photos #31 – Cienfuegos in The Morning

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More Cuban photos to come…

All photographs are by Jennifer Jigour  taken in Cuba during Thanksgiving week 2014.

Until next time, Peace, Love & Creativity, Jennifer

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Cuba Travel Photos #30 – Cienfuegos at Night

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These are not the most dazzling collection of photos from our Cuba tour. However, the lack of imagery is important to note. I’m glad that I didn’t push myself to take another hundred photos in Cienfuegos. With the lack of photos on this night, I remember more about how I felt verses what I saw. Its easy to edit the photos and just remember all the great wonderful moments. What’s not pictured very clearly in this post is how cold it was in Cienfuegos that night. To the locals it was unusually cold and I was just thanking my lucky stars that I brought along one outfit fit for cold weather. I was freezing in the photo below, although my interpretation of freezing is probably exaggerated considering I’m a Californian girl.

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You may also notice the rock’n crowd of people behind me..hehe.  Yes, we just assumed that every night joint in Cienfuegos was going to be very busy. The cold kept most of the locals away. If you are going to plan a trip to Cuba do plan on a variety of clothing. You’ll never know what the weather will spring on you. Aside from the cold I was also feeling ill and it was probably that feeling combined with the cold that kept me from wanting to take more photos.

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The place we went to above was the Yacht Club. Its a beautiful place and was probably even more so before the revolution.

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When we got back from the club we met up with some of our fellow tour mates. Some of us were asked to be part of the band playing at our hotel.

There are a few things I wish I took photos of from Cienfuegos at night. There were some very interesting soviet looking sculptures and fountains for  example. Those will just have to stay a memory. I’m sorry I don’t have photos of them for you.

Sometimes I think that it’s okay to not take photos of everything on trips or life events. I’m always torn between capturing experiences through my camera lens or just feeling the moment and capturing the memory myself. There are other senses besides seeing that I think are missed when you only look through life through a camera, a computer,  or an iPhone. Some memories needs to be felt and stored as your own and no one else’s.

More Cuban photos to come…

All photographs are by Jennifer Jigour and Chris Tann taken in Cuba during Thanksgiving week 2014.

Until next time, Peace, Love & Creativity, Jennifer

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Cuba Travel Photos #29 – Cienfuegos Cuba at Dusk

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More Cuban photos to come…

All photographs are by Jennifer Jigour and Chris Tann taken in Cuba during Thanksgiving week 2014.

Until next time, Peace, Love & Creativity, Jennifer

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Cuba Travel Photos #28 – More of Trinidad

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More Cuban photos to come…

All photographs are by Jennifer Jigour and Chris Tann taken in Cuba during Thanksgiving week 2014.

Until next time, Peace, Love & Creativity, Jennifer

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Cuban Travel Photos #27 – Trinidad From Up High

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More Cuban photos to come…

All photographs are by Jennifer Jigour and Chris Tann taken in Cuba during Thanksgiving week 2014.

Until next time, Peace, Love & Creativity, Jennifer

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Cuban Travel Photos #26 – Art in Trinidad – Oil Painting and Pastels

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Meet the Artist. She built her art studio herself in Trinidad. It took her ten years to develop her body of artwork.

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Here she is showing us various publications around the world that have published her artwork.

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Below are some of my favorite paintings of hers.

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And this little guy looks out of the window of her art studio.🙂

All photographs are by Jennifer Jigour and taken in Trinidad, Cuba during Thanksgiving week 2014.

More Cuban photos to come…

Until next time, Peace, Love & Creativity, Jennifer

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Cuban Travel Photos #25 – Art in Trinidad – Wood Carvings

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Meet an amazing wood carving artist from Trinidad, Cuba. Here he is showing me the process of how he attempts the carving. He starts with a drawn outline.

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He takes pictures of everyday Cubans in Trinidad and carves the image into recycled wooden doors to make a three-dimensional image. His subjects are mostly the elderly and people who slip easily into the shadows. They are people that are not often seen by tourist. This artist wishes to bring these people to light.

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He also does some wooden sculptures. Here are some on the wall of his studio.

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This is more of his studio. He and his wife treated us to a wonderful cocktail of Rum and Tonic. His son is seen here sitting down at the corner of the image. Notice the steps lead you to the outside. When asked what he does when it rains, he said that he just lets it rain and doesn’t mind that it rains in his studio.

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More of his studio.

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I was delighted to find an old Samovar under the steps. It looks much like the one my Dad inherited.

All photographs are by Jennifer Jigour and taken in Trinidad, Cuba during Thanksgiving week 2014.

More Cuban photos to come.

Until next time, Peace, Love & Creativity, Jennifer

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Cuban Travel Photos #24 – The Cars of Cuba – Part Four

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More Cuban photos to come…

All photographs are by Jennifer Jigour and Chris Tann taken in Cuba during Thanksgiving week 2014.

Until next time, Peace, Love & Creativity, Jennifer

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Cuban Travel Photos #23 – The Cars of Cuba – Part Three

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More Cuban Car photos to come…

All photographs are by Jennifer Jigour and Chris Tann taken in Cuba during Thanksgiving week 2014.

Until next time, Peace, Love & Creativity, Jennifer

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Cuban Travel Photos #22 – The Cars of Cuba – Part Two

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In Cienfuegos.

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In Havana.

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More Cuban Car photos to come…

All photographs are by Jennifer Jigour and Chris Tann taken in Cuba during Thanksgiving week 2014.

Until next time, Peace, Love & Creativity, Jennifer

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Cuban Travel Photos #21 – The Cars of Cuba and Other Forms of Transportation – Part One

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Okay, not a car, but some Cuban really do still get around with a horse and carriage.

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Parked just outside Hemingway’s house in Havana.

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In Old Havana.

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In Trinidad.

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More Cuban Car photos to come…

All photographs are by Jennifer Jigour and Chris Tann taken in Cuba during Thanksgiving week 2014.

Until next time, Peace, Love & Creativity, Jennifer

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Cuban Travel Photos #20 – Museo Romántico – The Romantic Museum in Trinidad – Part Three

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The courtyard. Most Cuban homes like these had the living portion on the second floor. The first floor was for animals and storage.

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A Cuban bathtub.

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A Cuban toilet.

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The Kitchen.

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Awesome looking stand to hold fine glasses.

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The dinning room.

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The family crest.

All photographs are by Jennifer Jigour and taken in Trinidad, Cuba on November 27th 2014.

Until next time, Peace, Love & Creativity, Jennifer

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Cuban Travel Photos #19 – Museo Romántico – The Romantic Museum in Trinidad – Part Two

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Everyone thought that this globe was suppose to contain some kind of secret stash of alcohol, but the real function of this furniture piece was a sewing box.

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View of the church in the Plaza Mayor.

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All photographs are by Jennifer Jigour and taken in Trinidad, Cuba on November 27th 2014.

Until next time, Peace, Love & Creativity, Jennifer

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Cuba Travel Photos #18 – Museo Romántico -The Romantic Museum in Trinidad – Part One

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At the entrance to Museo Romantico with a view of the Plaza Mayor in Trinidad, Cuba.

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The furniture in this home is not original to the location. It was collected through donations from people in Cuba who had furniture and tableware passed down to them. The Museo Romantico tried to show what this place would look like in it’s prime.

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We were amazed at some of the behavior of the tourist at this place. One lady waled over to the table and picked up a priceless glass to get a better look. That would not fly in most places.

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All photographs by Jennifer Jigour taken on November 27th 2014 in Trinidad, Cuba.

Until next time Peace, Love and Creativity, Jennifer

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Cuba Travel Photos #17 – The Plaza Mayor in Trinidad

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All photographs were taken by Jennifer Jigour with the exception of the last image I’m in which was taken by Chris Tann on November 27th 2014.

Until next time, Peace, Love and Creativity, Jennifer

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Cuba Travel Photos #16 – Museum of the Bay of Pigs – Museo Giron

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The outside of the Museo Giron.

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Some of the artifacts.

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A view of a tank from the Bay of Pigs.

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These are shoes were worn by a Cuban woman who was killed during the invasion.

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All photo by Jennifer Jigour and Chris Tann.

Until next time, Peace, Love & Creativity,  Jennifer

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Happy New Year!!! – From an Author/Artist with a Master Plan

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Looking back on 2014 seems like a dream, kind of like this dreamy photo taken in Havana.

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It began in Hong Kong in January.

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And ended in another surprise journey to Cuba at the end of November. I took my graphic novel, research and imagination along every step of the way.

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In the spring I adopted the cutest little puppy every, Polly, who I love with all my heart.

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She has been with me along the creative process, too.

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I started work on illustrating book two of Secret Agent Moscow with imagery from book one on the walls to cheer me on. If I can do it once, I know I can do it again.

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And I started on a whole new body of oil paintings which will be finished this year.

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Most of all, looking back at 2014, I feel so incredibly grateful to have the love and support of those I care for.

I learned a lot from 2014 and my wish for 2015 is to put what I’ve learned about self-publishing and being a full time artist into practice.

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I thought long and hard these past few months leading into the new year about what I need to do to do my work with complete focus while still maintaining a connection with an online community.

I came up with a solution, which I’m very excited about. I know that I need to stay away from the computer (specifically Facebook) as much as I can for the first few months of this year to get work done. In the mean time, I’ve set up my blog to consistently post content that is relevant to my work and has public appeal. This will allow me to have the freedom to focus on creating art.

So, I have prepared in advance imagery from my time in Cuba. Starting this Wednesday January 7th, blogs will appear every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday until the beginning of March. By then I hope to have caught up a bit on my work. By that time I’ll be on my way to revealing the other half of my master author/artist plan.

I plan to be productive these next two months and in my absence I hope you’ll enjoy the blogs I’ve prepared.

Happy New Year!!! Best of Love and Luck in 2015!!

Until next time, Peace, Love and Creativity, Jennifer

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PS: I will still be reachable via email jenny@jenniferjigour.com – just not on Facebook.

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A Christmas Tree in Havana Cuba – Happy Holidays Everyone!!!

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  I feel very blessed to have seen holiday decorations around the world from England, Wales, France, Italy, Germany, Australia, Hong Kong, Indonesia and now Cuba. I have to admit that this last one will be very special to me … Continue reading

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Cuba Travel Photos #15 – Thanksgiving 2014 at The Bay of Pigs

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Welcome to the Bay of Pigs in Cuba. We went swimming here on Thanksgiving Day…

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…and learned about Cuba’s ecosystem and their efforts to maintain Cuba’s habitat from invasive species. Our speaker invited us to Thanksgiving lunch at his place on the Bay of Pigs.

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This was our meal.

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And our coffee.🙂

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More of the area by the bay.

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It was a great day to be thankful for many things.

Here is to a wonderful life and a beautiful world with many more beautiful people trying to make the it a better place for our future.

Peace, Love and Creativity,

Jennifer

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Cuba Travel Photos #14 – Guinea Pig Roulette

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Meet Fifi.

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Fifi is a guinea pig and proud participant in a Cuban past time called Guinea Pig Roulette.

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Here our fellow Insite Cuba member, Karen, makes a bet on one of the houses along the perimeter of the roulette table. She is betting that after Fifi is spun around a few times she will run into the house with the Cuban national bird on it. All the little houses have Cuban animals pictured on them.

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Spinning once…

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Sinning twice…

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…and decides NOT to take cover in the little house with Cuba’s National Bird.😦

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Fifi returns home to be with her other little guinea pig buddies.

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This is the location of Guinea Pig Roulette. It is really just a rest stop with several little shops and cafes. We stopped here on rout to Cienfuegos, Cuba.

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There  are many other animals here, but Guinea Pigs are the only ones who do roulette.

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This tree fell down during a cyclone.

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Until next time, Peace, Love and Creativity, Jennifer

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Cuba Travel Photos #13 – The Tropicana

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The Tropicana is the longest running Cuban own nightclub and cabaret joint in Cuba.

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This is the inside of the lobby.

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My grandparents were at the Tropicana in 1955

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It has been running since 1939.

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Until next time, Peace, Love, and Creativity, Jennifer

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Cuba Travel Photos #12 – Paladar “La Guarida” location of the 1993 Oscar nominated film “Fresa y Chocolate”

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Still only day three of our Cuba trip on our one night to ourselves in Havana. This is the restaurant we went to called La Guarida. La Guarida is famous for being one of the locations in the film “Fresa y Chocolate” (Strawberries and Chocolate), which was nominated for an Oscar in 1993. The film is very important in Cuba’s history as it was one of the first films to openly talk about homosexuality and the controversies surrounding the Port Mariel crisis in 1980. I was really excited to go to this place not just for the historical and cinematic significance, but as you will see in the following images, it’s ambience is incredible. You won’t find a place like this in the states purely due to the fact that the building is practically falling down and is in immense need of being retrofitted. We loved it! It was like walking through one of those abandoned places you often see in pictures of falling down Russian/Soviet buildings.

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I’m sorry that not all of the photos are in proper focus. It was very dimly lit. I wanted to capture the lighting so I compromised on the clarity of some of the imagery.

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Special note: Never put a cigar in a camera bag….

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…unless of course you have a sense of humor!

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A sign at the entrance marking the 20th anniversary for “Fresa y Chocolate” (Strawberries and Chocolate).

And in current events on Cuba have you read this article this morning?

Obama Announces U.S. and Cuba Will Resume Relations

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/18/world/americas/us-cuba-relations.html?smid=tw-share&_r=1

If  you have the opportunity to go to Cuba please do so! I’m so happy that I had the chance to visit Cuba when I did. Its a beautiful place with many more beautiful people!

Until next time, Peace, Love and Creativity, Jennifer

Artist/Author Website

Secret Agent Moscow – The Graphic Novel

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Cuba Travel Photos #11 – The Bar at Hotel National Havana, Cuba

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This is the outside of Hotel National at night.

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The hotel and it’s bar is very famous, mostly for all of the famous people who have been there throughout the decades.

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When I told my Grandma I was going to Cuba for Thanksgiving, she said, “Oh yeah, your Grandfather and I were in Cuba in the 1950s.” This was the first time I had ever heard of this. Even my Mom never knew about it. My Mom was only a baby then anyway and was being looked after by my great-grandmother in Florida. I asked my Grandma if she had photographs from then, but she could not recall if she did. So I promised her I would go around Cuba taking photographs of a photograph of my grandparents in the 1950s so she would finally have some photos in Cuba of her own. The wall behind me has all the famous people who were at the National Hotel the same time my Grandparents were there in the 50s.

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Until next time, Peace, Love, and Creativity, Jennifer

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Cuba Travel Photos #10 – Streets of Havana in a Classic Car

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In Havana.

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City Streets…lots of dogs running free.

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A typical rainy day with waves splashing over the road. Cars still drove across them anyway.

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We drove in a cool classic car on our one free night to ourselves.

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View from the car.

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We drove around Havana for an hour in the rain…and it was fantastic!

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Back to Revolution Square.

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Past the Famous Cemetery at night.

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…to the entrance of Hotel National.

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Until Next time, Peace, Love & Creativity, Jennifer

Artist/Author Website

Secret Agent Moscow – The Graphic Novel

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Cuba Travel Photos #9 – The Magnificent Cemetery Colon, the most important burial ground of the Caribbean

No words needed here – just pictures this time.

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Until next time, Peace, Love & Creativity, Jennifer

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Super Special Post!! – Secret Agent Moscow voted Top 12 for the Holidays by The ADVOCATE

I little mini break from Cuban photos to say the following:

I was so super excited to wake up this morning to seeing my graphic novel, Secret Agent Moscow, as one of the top 12 Graphic Novels to get for the Holiday Season by the ADVOCATE. If you haven’t got your copy already ’tis the season to get one now!!! Peace and Love Everybody!!!! Feeling very grateful and accomplished right now.🙂

http://www.advocate.com/arts-entertainment/holiday-gifts-everyone/2014/12/10/12-great-gifts-lgbt-graphic-novel-lover

Find the graphic novel at: www.secretagenmoscow.com

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(Above, image from the graphic novel.)

Until next time, Peace & Love, Jennifer

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Cuban Travel Photos #8 – Afro-Cuban Dance & Drums in Havana

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This was another highlight of the trip. This company combines Afro-Cuban dance and music in one

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Cubans are very proud of their support of empowering women. Traditionally, women were not allowed to touch the sacred African drum. This company specifically tries to encourage woman to not only dance, but play this particular drum.IMG_9549

This is the director of the company. He is a musician and makes many unique instruments.

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Here is a drum he made himself. It is carved out of one piece of wood to create four drums.

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The other unique aspect of this dance troop in that they use non traditional objects to create sound. Here they are using Cuban Cow hide chairs as drums.

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Until Next time, Peace & Love, Jennifer

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Cuba Travel Photos #7 – Children’s Theatre of Positivity, Creativity and Good Deeds in Havana

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Seated for a Children’s show.

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These Children were so charming and adorable…

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Our Guide, Marlon, translates for the Theatre Instructor

The company’s philosophy is that any child can be part of it regardless of how good they are at singing, dancing or acting. The point is to get them active in something positive and creative.

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 Their only requirement to stay in the theatre is to do good deeds.

Every time they meet. They start off by sitting in a circle and share what good deeds they did that  day.

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If you ever felt like you couldn’t sing, dance, or act, you should go to Cuba and visit these kids. They were a good reminder that of course you can do those things.

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After their show the kids came into the audience and garbed each of us to dance with them. This little girl picked me.

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They all wanted to pose in photographs with us.

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Some of the members of our group were very good at speaking Spanish and talked to them for a long time.

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This boy was really excited about getting his picture taken.

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This girl was one of the first girls to join when she was very little. Here she is singing a solo in English just for us.

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The entire charming theatre troop.

Until next time, Peace & Love, Jennifer

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Cuba Travel Photos #6 – People to People Interactions with Everyday Cubans

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Just outside of a Polyclinic in Havana.

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Our trip to Cuba was not a typical vacation. Americans are only allowed to go to Cuba for special reasons such as having family in Cuba, if your are a journalist, or if you go through special outlets that provide people to people interactions with everyday Cubans. Here we visited a Polyclinic where we got to meet with the doctors and discuss Cuban Health care with professionals.

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They let us observe their practice.

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…very closely. Here a man is getting his teeth checked.

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Here we are talking about Cuban Healthcare.

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Here is a typical Cuban Market.

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On this day our task was to experience what it is like to shop for a family of five on a Cuban salary. Here you see a Cuban ration card.

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The monthly Cuban wage is 400 pesos.

We were given 50 pesos to shop for one meal for a Cuban family.

We paid more than 20 times the amount for rice then a the average Cuban family is allowed.

Until next time, Peace & Love, Jennifer

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Cuba Travel Photos #5 – Cuban Periodicals and Dance

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Jewish youth dance practice at a synagogue and holocaust memorial in Havana.

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A Professional dance troop at their rehearsal location. There style is a mixture of Afro-Cuban, Rumba, Salsa, Jazz, Ballet and Modern.

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They were really awesome!

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They would love to come to the States to perform, but the only way they can come is if they find a sponsor and get an official invitation.

Until next time, Peace & Love, Jennifer

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Cuba Travel Photos #4 – Revolution Square in Havana

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Until next time…Peace & Love, Jennifer

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Cuba Travel Photos #3 – More Photos from the first day in Havana

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Cuba Travel Photos #2 – Community Art project in Havana

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Until next time…Peace& love, Jennifer

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Cuba – November 2014

Chris and I participated in a people to people cultural exchange in Havana, Cienfuegos and Trinidad, Cuba. Within the following days I’ll be slowly posting the photos of this great adventure which will be highly influential in book two of Secret Agent Moscow.

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From San Jose to Miami researching Cuban history with a Martini.

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The only view I had of the port of Mariel. I didn’t get the chance to visit it, but it is very important to general Cuban History as well as Cuban LGBT History. Some of you may recall the mass exodus of Cubans in 1980. According to the book I read prior to arriving in Cuba called “The Sexual Revolution of Cuba,” against some popular assumptions, not everyone wanted to leave Cuba in 1980. The Cuban government saw Mariel as an opportunity to rid the country of many undesirables, including gays and lesbians. Many of them really didn’t want to go.

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Arriving in Havana.

More photos to come….

Peace & Love,

Jennifer

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Last Stop: Havana, Cuba

On the Road Again in Havana Cuba

On the road again…

My apologies for the absence of updates on the progress of book two. Much of the production must stay a secret. All I can tell you is where the book has been and just a slight hint towards where the story will go. Last stop on the list: Havana, Cuba as seen this last Sunday November 30th 2014.

I will be posting more often than I used to with writings and imagery related to the book and other works of Art. Stay tuned for more photos of Cuba.

I would like to send a special thank you/muchas gracias! to Lizette and Marlon from Incite Cuba who took us around Cuba and shared their stories and knowledge of the country.

Peace & Love,

Jennifer

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Polly on Piano

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My Darling Little Polly on Piano. I hope the cuteness got your attention.🙂

News on Secret Agent Moscow to come…

Going Secret Agent Style of course, I cannot reveal what I have planed up my sleeve quite yet, but it will be good. You’ll want to stay tuned in.🙂

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In the meantime, please spread the word about the graphic novel!!!

All help is extremely appreciated. Here is the direct Amazon.com link to the Graphic Novel

http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Agent-Moscow-Goodbye-Natasha/dp/1940656370

Polly and I thank you very much for your love and support.

Peace, Love and Puppy Kisses,

Jennifer & Polly

Secret Agent Moscow – The Graphic Novel: http://www.secretagentmoscow.com

Jennifer Jigour Artist Website: http://www.jenniferjigour.com

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Sub Zero Festival 2014

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Had an amazing time at Sub Zero this weekend. Sold a good number of books and connected with many more wonderful people. Thank you to April Gee for organizing the Petite Galleria stall and to all the lovely ladies of the shop who were extremely supportive. I can’t thank you enough! I would also like to thank Bob, Bette, and Lauren BainesJulie JigourSonia Orban-Price and many more for stopping by to say hello. I would especially like to thank those who took the time to talk to me about my graphic novel. Thank you so much!!!

Peace & Love, Jennifer

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Secret Agent Moscow at Sub Zero Festival!!!

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Friday June 6th and Saturday June 7th from 6:00 PM-Midnight I will be present will April Gee and Petite Galleria at the Sub Zero Festival in Down Town San Jose, CA Promoting Secret Agent Moscow. Hope to see some of you there!!! Peace & Love, Jennifer XOXOX

http://www.subzerofestival.com/

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New!!! Puppy and Illustration!

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My latest news is my little bundle of joy Polly. She is the most loving and photogenic puppy I know. She is keeping me company as my fellow artist and secret agent assistant as I continue to illustrate book two of Secret Agent Moscow (pictured Polly and new illustration).

Peace & Love,

Jennifer

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Secret Agent Moscow in – She Magazine

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Check out page 34 in She Magazine. Award winning writer Marisa Cohen wrote the lovely review for Secret Agent Moscow.

You can check out more of Marissa’s work here:

http://www.marissacohen.com/

Here is the Graphic Novel

http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Agent-Moscow-Goodbye-Natasha/dp/1940656370

Hope you are all have in a wonderful day!!!

Peace & Love
Jennifer

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