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The Splendor of Cuba

The Splendor of Cuba

For many, the idea of Cuba is very much about ruins—a dilapidated colonial world of disintegrating plaster and cigar smoke—and yes, no doubt there is plenty of that, but thankfully there are actually a great multitude of remarkable sites in Cuba that have remained intact and well preserved.

Enter Michael Connors’ sumptuous Rizzoli tome, “The Splendor of Cuba.” A celebration of what has been miraculously preserved, Connors’ book offers a rather fantastic look at the diverse centuries-old architectural make up of this largest island in the Caribbean (captured in truly stunning photographs by Brent Winebrenner), and offers hope that perhaps all is not entirely lost.

From The Splendor of Cuba

From The Splendor of Cuba

From The Splendor of Cuba

From The Splendor of Cuba

From The Splendor of Cuba

From The Splendor of Cuba

I have a particularly close connection to Cuba (being half Cuban), and often find myself wondering if one day I might reclaim my family’s properties—one can only imagine what sort of condition they would be in.

James Andrew - 1980's at the legendary La Floridita

James Andrew - 1980's at the legendary La Floridita

An early 80’s image of yours truly in Cuba, (already striking a familiar pose?) at the legendary La Floridita – home of the Daiquiri.


  1. Leo says:

    Years have been kind J.

  2. francisco says:

    thank you for sharing this with us! wonderful memories!

  3. jon k says:

    you look the same – nice post

  4. La Comtesse Lola says:

    Good Lord Mr. Dorian Gray! Now you truly are my hero!

  5. James Andrew says:

    Darling Comtesse Lola,

    How very DIVINE to hear from you!

    Thank You!



  6. Dean Farris says:


    Three things: 1. You are and were very handsome.
    2. Cubans have fantastic style! I had no idea of your heritage.
    3. Sean Johnson in NYC hosts a Cuban trip, are you aware of it? I was invited and declined, boohoo!


  7. I love all of (fellow native Memphian) Michael Connors’ books, but especially those about Cuba. I hope to visit there someday.

  8. The book looks great, as do you.

  9. James Andrew says:

    Dear Philip,

    I am so touched by ALL your tremendous support!

    Thank You for continuing to inspire me with all the marvelous things you share on FB!



  10. Sally Swing says:

    I was just in Cuba in Jan. One building is fabulous as are those shown in this book, and the next is a DUMP. It is such a strange and marvelous country.

  11. KayRod says:

    More baby photos please!!! SO adorable!

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