Warning: Long Post, too much cool stuff to share
A few weeks ago I sailed with Royal Caribbean for four days with stops in Key West and Cuba. The first stop in Key West was for about 6 hours and we did a bar crawl, booked via Royal Caribbean. My parents have become quite the regular cruisers these days and visited Key West a few months ago. Since we still had a few more hours to spend, we opted to go in the Hemingway House. Lets be real, I wanted to see the cats! I have plenty of photos to share.
After boarding the ship in Key West, we made the short trip to Cuba to arrive early in the morning. The port is very small and limited in terms of what I was used to. Before we disembarked another ship pulled in next to us. We did attend the on ship information session the day before to get more information. I had done a fair amount of research prior but it was helpful to get more detailed information about customs from the cruise director. We purchased our visas through the cruise ship for $75 and they were given to us when we checked in at the Tampa port. A few panoramics from the boat and the customs area.
A few of my favorite photos from Queen's Plate weekend at Woodbine. . I really had no idea what to expect, other than anyone who had been before told me I was going to love it. Not going to lie, I totally geeked out with the procession, pomp and circumstance with the mounted police and Lieutenant Governor. Another interesting point about Woodbine, is the multiple track surfaces. The inner most track is for harness racing(soon to be changed to turf), then a tapeta(all weather), and the turf track is closest to the stands. This is the largest track I have ever seen in person. They also have a training track in the barn area. Since Churchill Downs is my home track and Keeneland is just down the road I am accustomed to race track fashion. Queen's Plate is all about fashion and fascinators. I really enjoyed walking through the crowds and checking out everyone's outfits. It was nice to travel to another country and enjoy their big day of racing and see so many passionate people.
I highly recommend visiting Woodbine if you are ever in the Toronto area.
All photos taken with Cannon 70D, 70-200mm f/2.8 lens