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July 13, 2017

Set the Table - Fiesta Cubana



Set the Table - Fiesta Cubana


Set the Table Fiesta Cubana


When I think of Cuba the first three things that pop into my head are:



Set the Table Fiesta Cubana
Pilar Cuba


Beautiful beaches,




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Cayo Coco, Cuba


Old cars,




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and Ernest Hemingway.


There are many other things that come to mind.

I love the Cuban people.  They are warm and welcoming.




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Set the Table Fiesta Cubana


There are the fedora hats that the Cuban men wear.  There are cigars, and a drink they call Cuba Libre made from rum, cola, and lime juice.




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When I found these plates featuring drawings of old cars and Cuban license plates, I knew I had to do something with them.



Set the Table Fiesta Cubana


There are four Cuban car melamine plates in the set and each one is a little different from the others.



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I don't know if parrots live in Cuba, but I thought they added a little colour to the table.





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Of course, there's the rum.




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I don't know the name of this pattern.  I have been trying to find out.  It is made by Wm Rogers  Oneida.  I am guessing they are c1950's.  The pattern looks Art Nouveau, though.



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Pilar, Cuba


Back to the beaches.

We were on two beaches in Cuba.  One was in Cayo Coco and it was clear, sandy and generally very good.

This picture and the first beach picture near the top of the post were taken at Pilar.  You can see the bottom of the sea here for quite a distance out from shore and this is where we found a good number of starfish.  The water when the picture was taken was about thigh high.

When you take off your shoes and put your feet into the sand here it is like putting your feet into flour.  The sand is so soft and fine.

I must say that I judge all other beaches by Pilar, now.



Set the Table Fiesta Cubana


Most nights at the resort where we stayed there was a floor show with lots of dancing and music.  The young men and women dancers would encourage visitors to dance with them.  It was great fun.


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As for Ernest Hemingway, I know that he spent some time in Cuba as well as sailing to and from there to Key West.
I understand that this book, 'To Have and To Have Not' was loosely related to Cuba and the Florida Keys.  I say loosely because Cuba is never mentioned in the book.
There was a movie made based on this book starring Bogart and Bacall, but the movie strays a bit from the book.

I noticed that there are places like restaurants and bars in Cuba bearing the name 'Hemingway'.



Set the Table Fiesta Cubana



Set the Table Fiesta Cubana




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Cayo Coco, Cuba

I see my hammock is still waiting for me.





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Hasta la vista Cuba.



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A List of Elements on the Table

The white round tablecloth 90" Round Tablecloth
Tropical flowered tablecloth - Thrifted
Round green placemats, yellow plates, Cuba car plates, Green napkins, Parrot napkin rings - Pier 1 Imports
Silver flatware pattern unknown - Thrifted
Green wine glasses - I have had them a long time
Green Cuba Libre glasses - Thrifted
Rum and Cigars, Cuba (but can be purchased in Canada)
Books, hat, flower pots, and yellow jug, clay couple dancing - part of my collection.





Thanks for stopping by.





Barbara

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11 comments:

  1. It's a glorious table setting and I can see why you fell in love with those plates! They're terrific. It looks so warm and summery. Lovely.

    Thanks for your wonderful comments on the Gypsy posts. Yes, I feel nostalgic at my cottage too, even though it is still very present -- but it's all those memories of times past when we didn't have a care in the world.

    And thanks, too, for the nice words on the fisherman's wreath. You mentioned the slides. I'm doing loads of scanning with old photos. We never did a lot of slides but I have some that have to get scanned. It's a huge project and I don't think I'll ever be done! I'm glad you'll have some help with your sister's retirement!

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    1. Thank you, Jeanie. It is always a pleasure to read your posts.

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  2. Beautiful sun-drenched table! Loved the parrots! Thank you for the delightful stroll around Cuba. We were just in Key West where Cuban influences are very much in evidence.
    Sandra @ Dinner at Eight

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    1. Thank you for stopping by, Sandra, and taking the time to leave your thoughtful comments.

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  3. This is PHENOMENAL! I am in love with everything in this tablescape. I can certainly get the taste and feel of Cuba just by viewing these pictures. Thanks for letting me know that it was coming. It was well worth the wait.

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    1. I am so glad you enjoyed it, Pattie. Thanks for stopping by.

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  4. I love everything about this post, the plates, the car, the beach. I hope to visit Cuba one day. Thanks for sharing on Sunday's Best.

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    1. Thank you, Rhonda. I hope to go back again to Cuba.

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    1. Louca, Cuba is an interesting place.

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  6. What a great table setting. Love the hat and cigars. Thanks for sharing at the Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty!

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