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One of Havana's iconic lions along the Prado in central Havana.  In the left background, you can see the National Assembly building modeled after the U.S. Capitol.

PHOTO ESSAY: The buildings of Cuba

Editor and publisher Andy Brack offers 14 photos of the buildings of Cuba, particularly the way things look in central Havana to visitors.

It’s clear there’s a lot of renovation going on these days, in part because of preparations for an onslaught of tourists as U.S.-Cuba relations continue to thaw. But there’s a lot of work to get done.

by · 09/21/2015 · Comments are Disabled · Photos
MYSTERY: Through the looking glass

MYSTERY: Through the looking glass

This week’s mystery might be too tough, but let’s see, especially since last week’s was relatively easy. Hint: This window is somewhere in Charleston County. Send your guess — and your current hometown — to editor@charlestoncurrents.com. Photo by Michael Kaynard, Kaynard Photography.

by · 09/14/2015 · Comments are Disabled · Mystery Photo, Photos
MYSTERY:  Old bricks, old gate

MYSTERY: Old bricks, old gate

You might have been here at one point in your life, but can you remember where it is based on this photo? Send your guess — and your hometown — to editor@charlestoncurrents.com.

by · 09/07/2015 · Comments are Disabled · Mystery Photo, Photos
The cars of Cuba

The cars of Cuba

One of the first things one is asked upon returning from Cuba is whether the old American cars — fins and all — are as ubiquitous as people often say. The answer: Yes — they’re everywhere. Some are shiny in brilliant shades of metallic lime or grape or cherry. Others are patched with bondo (or its Cuban equivalent) and obviously limping along awaiting repair. There’s no telling what’s under the hood — a Russian engine, Korean water pump and radiator from who knows where.

These glorious old vehicles remain on the highways and byways because the long-standing American embargo kept parts and new U.S. vehicles from coming to the country (maybe a good thing if you remember the old Chevrolet Monza of the mid-1970s). With U.S.-Cuban relations now thawing, who knows what will happen to these old gas guzzlers? One thing is for sure: It’s an almost surreal experience to see vehicles racing around now that also were on the streets when Twilight Zone first aired.

by · 09/01/2015 · Comments are Disabled · Photos
This young woman is a drummer and singer in a band that plays Afro-Cuban music at an art studio in El Callejon de Hamel in Havana.

PHOTOS: The faces of Cuba

Set aside political ideologies and international affairs. Cuba, at its heart, is defined by her people, a mélange of black, brown and white seemingly filled with a joie de vivre captured in quick smiles, infectious rumba and a welcoming spirit.

Here are several photos that show some of the faces of Cuba encountered during a nine-day August trip organized by Magnolia Plantation and Gardens.

by · 08/31/2015 · Comments are Disabled · Photos
MYSTERY:  Rabbits or snails?

MYSTERY: Rabbits or snails?

Contributing photographer Michael Kaynard jokes that the frills at the top of this Charleston building look like rabbits or snails. Seriously, where was this picture taken? (And for extra points, what are the frills?) Send your answer to editor@charlestoncurrents.com. Make sure to include your name and contact information, including hometown.

by · 08/31/2015 · Comments are Disabled · Mystery Photo, Photos
MYSTERY:  A capital idea

MYSTERY: A capital idea

You’ve probably seen the top of this column, called a “capital,” driving around Charleston County. But where is it? Send us your best guess to editor@charlestoncurrents.com and we’ll send a pair of tickets to Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. Make sure to include your contact information (address, hometown, ZIP).

by · 08/17/2015 · Comments are Disabled · Mystery Photo, Photos
MYSTERY:  Looks familiar, but where?

MYSTERY: Looks familiar, but where?

MYSTERY: The dappled light dances along this green tunnel of foliage over a sandy path. It’s in Charleston County, but where? Send your guesses to editor@charlestoncurrents.com to win baseball tickets — and make sure to include your contact information and hometown.

by · 08/10/2015 · Comments are Disabled · Mystery Photo, Photos
MYSTERY: What in the world is this flower?

MYSTERY: What in the world is this flower?

Here’s another flower found at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. It’s something you’d hear about in novels by Thomas Hardy and Jane Austen, but what it it? Send your guess to editor@charlestoncurrents.com — and make sure to include your contact details (hometown, phone number).

by · 08/03/2015 · Comments are Disabled · Mystery Photo, Photos
PHOTO:  Riding piggyback?

PHOTO: Riding piggyback?

Hanahan photographer Chuck Boyd was driving in Raleigh for a Rolling Stones concert when he did a double take after he saw what looked like a small car riding piggyback on top of a van. “Moments later, I saw it really was a transport truck hauling a load of cars to a dealership,” he wrote. “I caught it at just the right angle to create a silly illusion.”

by · 07/27/2015 · Comments are Disabled · Photos