over the Gulf of Mexico, just south of Florida, headed for Havana.
Tiffany lamp in lobby of Hotel Parque Central, Havana.
El Morro, at entrance to Havana harbor.
one of the many forms of public transit in Havana.
political messages abound.
the Riviera hotel, flashback to '50s Vegas.
the esteemed Mario Coyula on first full day of touring, explaining historically themed artwork in a Havana park.
Brielle photographs stained glass inside this mausoleum in Colon Cemetery.
Eduardo captures a figure sculpted into mausoleum in Colon Cemetery.
Dr. Mario Coyula told us that Colon Cemetery plots remain under ownership of families, regardless of how long the families have been away from Cuba.
Dr. Mario Coyula in Colon Cemetery, Havana. His knowledge of the cemetery's history and occupants was astounding.
Dr. Mario Coyula in Colon Cemetery, Havana.
angel atop a monument erected at grave of a fireman, financed by a public fundraising campaign.
section of Colon Cemetery built in tribute to seven who died in 1957 effort to remove Batista. Dr. Coyula had a hand in the design, and he knew the revolutionaries who are memorialized.
Dr. Coyula, who helped design this section of the cemetery, said the surface roughness on approach was patterned in part after the curling nature of leaves such as the one he is holding.
Josh and Jim listening to Dr. Coyula.
Dr. Gloria Bonilla directs from the front of tour bus.
Lunch on Day 2 at El Aijibe, renowned chicken restaurant in Havana.
Lunch on Day 2 at El Aijibe, renowned chicken restaurant in Havana. It was delicious, one of the best meals of the trip.
Entrance to the compound and studio of Jose Rodriguez Fuster, artist specializing in ceramics, painting, drawing, engraving and graphic design.
A Fuster figure gets a warm greeting from Madison.
The artist Fuster's work spreads beyond his own home to those of many neighbors in the fishing town of Jaimanitas on the edge of Havana.
Backyard workspace of Kadir Lopez-Nieves, an artist whose work includes the recycling of old advertising signs.
Gallery of the artist Kadir Lopez-Nieves as seen from the back yard. Kholy section of Havana.
Mangoes that had fallen in the courtyard of the artist Kadir Lopez-Nieves.
Alexis perches in the window of a gallery in the home/studio of artist Kadir Lopez-Nieves.
The facade of our hotel in Old Havana. The Hotel Parque Central is a full-service international hotel.
Our guide Alexis Hernandez Rodriguez, un guia magnifico.
Alexi said this restored building had been a dilapidated shell just a year earlier.
view from the front of the bus.
The whole crew gathers outside El Morro, the fortress at the mouth of Havana harbor. It is ranked No. 12 among 90 Havana attractions at TripAdvisor.com.
An outsized artwork erected inside the fortress walls included several figures, including Jose Marti with a symbolic machete clinched between his teeth.
The group's law school contingent, at El Morro.
The Capitolio rises above Old Havana. It was closed for renovations.
Posing on the fortress esplanade overlooking Havana harbor.
The Cuban flag wafting lazily above the water during our visit.
from left: Dean Kriste Lindenmeyer, Dr. Gloria Bonilla, Mayra Alonso of Marazul Charters, at El Morro.
Cannon-lined path along fortress wall made taking photos irresistible. The group complied.
The waterfront edge of Old Havana, as seen from the fortress.
Period-dressed re-enactors hang inside the fortress wall near an area of souvenir vendors.
Divina Pastora restaurant on the fortress grounds, site of dinner on Day 2.
Cannon still line the fortress, with Old Havana in the distance.
The setting sun nicely lit the city -- and its special guests from Rutgers-Camden, Jonathan and Kandace.
The group settles in at Divina Pastora as the sun departed -- and before the mosquitoes arrived.
Connie sparkles as welcome cocktails slip toward another table at Divina Pastora.
Sunset from our seats at Divina Pastora.