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Imagine there’s no tourism…

Yukking it up with Beatles icon John Lennon at a Havana park.

SUBMITTED BY: Tammie Lowry LOCATION: Havana, Cuba (2004)

Probably not too bright for a silly Web site to take a controversial political stand, but Tacky Tourist Photos hereby calls on the Obama administration to IMMEDIATELY lift the Cuba travel embargo so we can go see 1950s cars, see some raw baseball talent and eat sugar cane!

That being said, we can’t understand why Beatles legend John Lennon’s music would ever be banned here. “Imagine there’s no heaven… Imagine there’s no religion…” HELLO, FIDEL? Isn’t the anti-religion thing the perfect theme song for Communist Cuba?

In the 1960s and 1970s, the Castro government denounced the Beatles and their solo artist subsidiaries as a dangerous Western influence. But 20 years after Lennon’s assassination, Fidel commissioned a bronze statue declaring Lennon a fellow “Dreamer.”

Again, we’re dreaming of antique cars, baseball and sugar cane.

Fidel Castro says sorry to John Lennon for banning him.


(Tammie Lowry is an avid photographer and wildlife rehabilitator, who dreams with her husband Jerry and four dogs in Virginia. She visited Cuba with an educational group from West Virginia University.)

5 comments »

5 comments to “Imagine there’s no tourism…”

  1. gary crawford Says:

    Tammie, Nice picture….you should have put a WVU hat on his head, then Cuba may have qualified for some free gov’t cheese, hehehe.

  2. Tammie Lowry Says:

    I don’t think lifting the travel ban to Cuba is very controversial except in one neighborhood in Miami. Everyone I have talked to wants to go and all of the Cubans I met were happy to have us there.

  3. Grace Holden Says:

    Wonderful picture, Tammie! And great that Castro re-considered his denouncement of the Beatles after so many decades. I’d love to hear your impressions of Cuba (even though it was 6 years ago)–

  4. Tammie Lowry Says:

    That is good cheese, too. Not that you Hokies would know about it.

  5. Tammie Lowry Says:

    Thanks Grace, I’ll bring more pictures to the wildlife conference. My overall impression was a beautiful country with proud people who were being kept in economic deprivation because of government policies, our policies as much as theirs.

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