GO BRONCOS

Congratulations to the Denver Broncos.

Denver Broncos

Denver Broncos

They will play in the Super Bowl in New Jersey in two weeks.  Fantastic!!

This is where the victories took place.

The Broncos play here

The Broncos play here.  We love our white bronco at the top

Denver Broncos Football Stadium

Another view of Denver's football stadium

Another view of Denver’s football stadium

Broncos will play in Super Bowl February 2, 2014

WOW!  Broncos

WOW! Broncos

Las Terrazas in Cuba with Zeb Part II

There is so much to see here at Las Terrazas, that this duck needed more than one day to tell you about it  After our wonderful lunch, we met an artist.

We visited a man that recycles paper and creates beautiful cards and pictures.  Here he is in his store.

Artist recycles and uses the paper

Artist recycles and uses the paper

We bought cards and pictures.  This workshop is where he recycles used paper and creates his art.

His workshop

His workshop

No big machines here.  Just one very talented man.

Next to his workshop and store we liked these apartments.

Apartments

Apartments

They look so friendly and colorful.

I thought this old tractor was great.

Tractor

Tractor

I like old things.

Now we are visiting Café Maria.

Cafe Maria

Cafe Maria

This is Maria’s coffee shop.   It is the town’s only coffee shop

Inside Cafe Maria

Inside Cafe Maria

and they say that Maria is the oldest member of the community.  She lives above her coffee shop.

Near the coffee shop there is a clinic.  The young doctor talked to us.  She was very nice.  There were also some people selling jewelry and other items.  We saw the ration store.

Provides food rations

Provides food rations

People in Cuba receive some beans and other food and 5 pounds of rice for each person in their house every month.  This duck had never seen a food ration store before.  This lady is receiving rice that was weighed for her.

Receiving her monthly rice ration

Receiving her monthly rice ration

I liked the horse with a trailer.

Horse with cart

Horse with cart

Horse was patiently waiting.  Look at this trashcan.

Love the painted trashcan

Love the painted trashcan

Never in my duck life have I seen a beautifully painted trashcan.  This is so great.

United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) declared Terrazas a Biosphere Reserve in 1985.   This project combines sustainable development and tourism in the mountainous community in the San Juan Valley at the foot of Salon Hill.  Las Terrazas consists of 5,000 hectares or about 12,355 acres.  Swimming, hiking, zip line and other activities are available.  This is a necessary trip when you go to Cuba.

Las Terrazas in Sierra del Rosario mountains in Cuba

Las Terrazas in Sierra del Rosario mountains in Cuba

Alejandro said we are going to Fusterlandia next.  Hope you visit me again to see what Fusterlandia is.

Las Terrazas Eco Village in Cuba with Zeb the Duck

I, Zeb the Duck and the humans are riding to Las Terrazas.   Our first stop at Las Terrazas is by the lake for orientation and welcome beverages.

Las Terrazas Cuba

Las Terrazas Cuba

Lake at Las Terrazas Cuba

Lake at Las Terrazas Cuba

This is a beautiful location.

Las Terrazas is a Unesco Biosphere Reserve.  Started in 1968 as a reforestation project and eco-village.   This is now a popular day trip from Havana.  You can stay longer at Hotel Moka located on the property.

Our Cuban guide, Alejandro, told us it started as a small village with limited number of people allowed to live here.  The village has grown, but the number of residents is still limited.

We drive to Cafetal Buenavista,

Cafetal Buenavista

Cafetal Buenavista

the restored ruins of a 19th century coffee plantation built in 1801 by French refugees from Haiti.  This is Cuba’s oldest coffee plantation.

The restaurant has a view of the estate.

Beautiful, but where is the food??

Beautiful, but where is the food??

This was used to grind coffee beans by hand.

Grind coffee beans by hand

Grind coffee beans by hand

A long and difficult process.  The kitchen for the restaurant is located here in a separate building.

Kitchen is out here

Kitchen is out here

Strolling through the coffee plantation I noticed this tree with red bark.

Red bark.  Pretty

Red bark. Pretty

Red bark on trees is new to this duck.  These stairs lead to the grinding stone to process coffee beans.

Stairs to coffee processing area

Stairs to coffee bean processing area

This huge tajona (grinding stone) was used to extract coffee beans from their shells.

to extract coffee beans from shells

to extract coffee beans from shells

After the tajona, the coffee beans were sun dried on huge platforms.

Platform to sun dry coffee beans

Platform to sun dry coffee beans

Leaving the coffee bean processing area, this basket caught my eye.

Very convenient basket

Very convenient basket

I think it is so cute!

We had lunch at this farmhouse.

Lunch was served here.  Yum!

Lunch was served here. Yum!

The food was so good!  We had black beans and rice and ropa vieja.  I love ropa vieja.  The shredded beef is seasoned, but not too spicy.  This is what I always order in Cuban restaurants.  Yum!  And, we had fresh coconut ice cream.  This was my favorite meal.  But, mom did not take pictures of this restaurant.  I don’t know why???

Near the house with the restaurant, I sat on these rocks.

Zeb the Duck likes these rocks

Zeb the Duck likes these rocks

Duck on a rock

Duck on a rock

They are fantastic for ducks…and humans.  Las Terrazas is wonderful.  I still have so much to tell you, but it will wait for another day.  Be sure to read the next part of Las Terrazas here at Coloradotravelingducks.com.  I will have more duck stories next time.

Plazas of Havana with Zeb

Zeb the Duck and his group of humans explored 2 more plazas.  So old and historic and so peaceful.  First we discovered the Plaza de San Francisco de Asisi.   The Basilica is now a museum and concert hall.  Two to three times weekly choral and chamber music is performed.  The inside has excellent acoustics.

This plaza is known for the beautiful Fuente de los Leones (Lions Fountain) which was built in 1836 by Giuseppe Gaggini.

Lions Fountain

Lions Fountain

On one side of the basilica is the statue of El Caballero de Paris (The Gentleman of Paris).

Rub his beard for good luck

Rub his beard for good luck

People rub his beard for good luck.

This statue is near the entrance.

Near Basilica of St Francis

Near Basilica of St Francis

The plaza is so peaceful that couples get married here.

Beautiful wedding

Beautiful wedding

Horse carriage rides are available also.  We did not have enough time for a ride.

Ride in a horse carriage

Ride in a horse carriage

The streets here are rather narrow.

We strolled down narrow streets

We strolled down narrow streets

Walking through San Francisco Plaza we head for Plaza Vieja (old plaza).  We discovered this aqueduct built between 1565 and 1592.

Aquaduct in Havana

Aqueduct in Havana

In 1982 Old Havana was declared a Cultural Heritage of Humanity and restoration began.  Now this plaza is full of people

Plaza Vieja

Plaza Vieja

and has many restaurants, an aquarium, a planetarium, and the Chocolate Museum.

Chocolate Museum!!

Chocolate Museum!!

Really the chocolate museum is more a café with reasonable prices and decadent chocolate.  I even saw a lady’s high heeled shoe made of chocolate.  Go inside purchase chocolate and relax at a small marble table.  Yum!

I, Zeb the Duck, liked this street with café tables, not cars or horses.

Cafe in the street

Cafe in the street

We saw little cafes like this everywhere.

Let's have a snack

Let’s have a snack

I like the plazas of Old Havana.  You will too.

Havana, Cuba with Zeb the Duck

Mom and Zeb the Duck are in Havana, Cuba.  We took a charter flight from Miami to Havana.  The charter flight was an American Airline flight with an American Airline flight crew.

We are in Havana, Cuba

We are in Havana, Cuba

After customs and immigration we met Alejandro, our Cuban guide.  He was very nice and spoke English.  Santos is our bus driver. Connie is our Friendly Planet group leader.   They will be with us all week.

Our tour to Cuba was through Friendly Planet and was a people to people tour.  Both the Cuban and American governments agree to permit these tours.  Mom changed money at the airport.  Cuba has a dual currency system.  As tourists we use CUC currency (1 CUC is about equal to US $1).  The Cuban people are paid in CUP currency.  Each CUP is equivalent to 4 U.S. cents.  Visit www.friendlyplanet.com for information and reservations to travel to Cuba from the United States.

Alejandro and Santos took us to the Used Booksellers Market.

Used Booksellers Market in Plaza de Armas, Havana

Used Booksellers Market in Plaza de Armas, Havana

This is big outdoor market located in the Plaza de Armas, and is rather famous.  Used books are sold and also old postage stamps are for sale.

Old stamps for sale at this market

Old stamps for sale at this market

The venders were very friendly and talked to us with a mixture of Spanish and English.

Nearby we saw this statue of Carlos Manuel de Cespedes.

Statue of Carlos Manuel de Cespedes

Statue of Carlos Manuel de Cespedes

In 1868 Cespedes gave the Grito de Yara (shout of Yara) beginning the 10-year war.  This was the first effort to free slaves and gain independence from Spain.

These are some photos of typical street scenes in Cuba.

Streets of Havana

Streets of Havana

Havana street

Havana street

Havana

Havana after rain

I, Zeb the Duck, and my group of humans traveled around Havana.   Santos drove us to Trinidad, with stops in Santa Clara, Sancti Spiritus and Cienfuegos before returning to Havana.  We saw so much that I will be telling you about Cuba for a few weeks.  I hope you will stay with me here at ColoradoTravelingDucks.com

South Beach is so Cool

I, Zeb the Duck, am in South Beach.  South Beach is the southern end of Miami Beach in south Florida.  Girls in bikinis riding bicycles, a man driving a Segway,

Man riding  Segway in our restaurant

Man riding Segway in our restaurant

a lady with a tray selling cigars, and that was on the sidewalk that is inside our restaurant!

South Beach is also famous for its Art Deco.

Art Deco with curves

Art Deco with curves

Lots of curves and bright colors.  The day I was on South Beach it was 88 degrees.  You can see the date on this photo.

Warmer than Denver today

Warmer than Denver today

December 5, 2013.  On that day in Denver the temperature was below zero and snow on the ground.  We picked the right day to be in South Beach.

This weekend there were three art shows.

One of three art shows

One of three art shows

So many people and so much art.  This the second piece in Tom Fruin’s celebrated ICON series.

By Tom Fruin

By Tom Fruin

One of the main attractions of South Beach; the beach is very wide and so pretty.

We love wide beaches

We love wide beaches

I had to sit on the sand, adding to my South Beach experience.  Not sure if this guy is a friend or an actual distant relative.

I find friends everywhere

I find friends everywhere

I like him!

This is where Mom and I ate.

Ocean's Ten in South Beach

Ocean’s Ten in South Beach

We like Ocean’s Ten for lunch, or any time. You can see the sidewalk goes through all the restaurants.  It is great.  Humans must get really thirsty in warm weather.

This drink is bigger than Zeb the Duck!

This drink is bigger than Zeb the Duck!

I could swim in this drink!

Walking down the street I saw entertainment at another restaurant.

Dancer at Clevelander restaurant

Dancer at Clevelander restaurant

So many thing I have never seen other places.  South Beach is so alive and fun!  Even the palm trees seem different.

The trunks of these palms on South Beach are a little different than the palms I saw in St Thomas last month.

Pretty trunks on these palm trees

Pretty trunks on these palm trees

So much to see and learn in the world.

We could not stay here very long today.  Tomorrow we leave Florida for another Caribbean island.  We are going to Cuba!

Go to South Beach soon.  You will be amazed at all you see there.  It is so much fun.  I want to return soon!