Alicia E. García
Photography by Julio A. Larramendi
Hardcover, 208 pages
Old Cuba presents an insider’s view of the splendid colonial-era sites of the storied island nation, from the grand apartments and magnificent cathedral of Old Havana to the plantation homes of Pinar del Río.
Cuba dominates the entrance to the Gulf of Mexico, fixed between the great continents to the north and to the south, and has long served as a bridge between the Old World and the New. First visited by Christopher Columbus in 1492, its history of interaction with the Old World of Europe is among the longest in the Americas, and its architecture bears testament to this: Cuba is home to some of the most ancient cities and towns in the western hemisphere. As a result, the country once known as the “pearl of the Antilles,” stands now as a treasure chest of alluring historic architecture—seasoned by European precedents mixed with colonial and Caribbean spice—and boasts an extraordinary number of UNESCO Cultural Heritage sites, from the historic center of Old Havana with its original city walls and the Castillo de la Real Fuerza—the oldest extant colonial fortress in the Americas—to the sixteenth-century city of Trinidad within the central Cuban province of Sancti Spíritus, recognized by historians and scholars as a triumph of historic preservation and whose maze of pastel mansions and churches forms one of the best collections of colonial architecture to be found anywhere.
From Old Havana to Santiago de Cuba, Old Cuba offers an intimate look at the historic architecture— the houses, apartments, monuments, charming public spaces, and centuries-old churches—of this storied country.
100 Ideas that Changed Street Style is a look-by-look dissection of the key ideas that changed the way we dress – from the middle of the 20th century to the present day – explaining the most iconic items of clothing and how they were worn, what the look was born of, its cultural background, how it was received, and how it still resonates in fashion today.
The modern wardrobe owes its development not just to fashion designers in Paris or Milan but also to gangs and movements brought together by a shared appreciation of music, sport or a particular underground culture, and a certain style that defines membership.
These styles have rocked establishments, created stereotypes, expressed social division as much as they have united people, entered the language, spread around the world, and, above all, transformed dress for a wider public.
A follow-up to her runaway hit The 52 Lists Project, social media maven Moorea Seal’s 52 Lists for Happiness will inspire existing fans and new journal readers to cultivate their own uniquely happy and fulfilling lives through the power of lists!
Both a stylish organizer and a source of inspiration, A Bride’s Planner is an indispensable resource for planning a wedding. A lavishly illustrated, hardworking wedding organizer, a personal journal, and a source of ideas and information to inspire, this three-ring binder is filled with tips for the bride. It includes fill-in space and prompts to help keep the busy bride organized, divided into seven sections: "Ideas and Resources," "To-Do Lists," "A 13-Month Calendar," "Vendors and Location," "Bride and Wedding Party," "Guests and Gifts," and "Keepsakes and Photos." It has a place for everything the bride needs to know and everything she needs to do. There are pockets, business card holders, photo sleeves, DVD holders, and space to add pages to the binder. Both an organizer and a source for the bride’s dreams, inspiration, and her own creative planning display, A Bride’s Planner is packed with facts, trivia, and advice on music, vows, cake, flowers, honeymoon destinations, showers, classic traditions, menu suggestions, floral arrangements, and reception themes. It also offers suggestions from an expert and valuable tips and advice on wedding customs and traditions, locations, and timing—all to help the bride realize her own individual style in the look and theme of her wedding.
The Chateau de Versailles is one of the most beautiful and fascinating achievements of eighteenth-century French art. This unique book offers readers unprecedented access to this historical treasure. The world's most iconic chateau has welcomed tourists the world over, yet this handsome slipcased volume offers up the charm of a thousand and one hidden places in the chateau, its gardens, and pavilions. All were designed to surprise and delight the eye and all the senses at every turn, their ornate decoration forming an integral part of the elite lifestyle of the eighteenth century. This comprehensive volume captures the exquisite setting and inimitable ambience of Versailles and its gardens, from its intimate private spaces usually closed to the general public to the charming Petit Trianon and dairy farm created for the pure pleasure of Marie-Antoinette.
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