Destination Photographer — Family Vacation — Varadero & Havana, Cuba

Destination Photographer:

Last week, our family (my mom, my sister & my 2 brothers) embarked on a journey to Cuba… one of my dad’s favorite places in the world. For those of you who don’t know, my dad passed away on March 29th, 2014 after a 14 month battle with prostate, lung and spine cancer. We stayed in Varadero at the Gran Caribe Hotel Varadero Internacional, the oldest hotel in Varadero. It was once frequented by names like Al Capone & Marilyn Monroe. This post is not to function as a resort review, but rather to display my photos of this wonderful place with it’s stunning beaches, charming architecture & lovely people <3

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The neon colours of the buildings are reminiscent of Miami, which is heavily influenced by it’s Cuban descendants.

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This is Varadero beach. It stretches for miles on end! The blue water is really that blue!!! =)

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These local fisherman were being watched not only by me, but by these 2 pelicans.

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These are my parents friends… One of the biggest reasons why we went to Varadero. My dad and mom met Manuel (man on right) and his grandson (boy on left) several years ago… on this very beach. My parents visited them at least once a year, every year. It wasn’t until my dad got sick that they wondered if something was wrong, since my parents missed their regular yearly visit. It wasn’t until 2 days after my dad passed away that my mom received a letter from them saying that they felt that something is wrong, but hoped that everything was ok. So instead of writing back, we decided to go and visit them… all of us =) The 2 ladies in the middle are Leo’s mom & his sister.

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The stormy overcast days made for some spectacular landscape shots!

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And above, on the left is my sister, and on the right is my mom  <3

 

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Michael Drofenik is a Vancouver-based International Wedding Photographer who specializes in Vancouver wedding photography & Destination wedding photography. Each wedding is uniquely crafted with care & creativity that is not found with most Vancouver wedding photographers. We offer wedding photography services in the Vancouver, Lower Mainland areas, as well as Victoria, Tofino, Vancouver Island, Whistler, Kelowna & other destinations such as Hawaii, Maui, Mexico & Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. We are located near the New West bridal / New Westminster bridal shops in downtown New Westminster, BC. If you are not looking for a Vancouver wedding photographer, Michael D Photography is also available for Boudoir, Maternity, & Newborn photography in Vancouver. Please be sure to consider us for your wedding photography, boudoir photography, maternity photography & newborn photography needs in the Vancouver area!

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