In Photos: Highlights of Old Havana, Cuba
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In Photos: Highlights of Old Havana, Cuba

Havana really is a feast for the eyes – every street a visual treat. In my last post I tried to explain the colour, charm and challenges of travel in Cuba but don’t take my word for it. In pictures, these are my Havana highlights.

In Photos: Highlights of Old Havana, Cuba

Starting with a quintessential Havana shot – a classic car and a colonial building in a biscuit-coloured Cuban street.

Highlights of Old Havana, Cuba

In this shop in the Old Town (you can see the El Capitolio Building in the background) I believe the women were waiting for pizzas. It’s quite hard to see what shops in Havana sell as they often operate in small, dark premises with no signs outside.

Highlights of Old Havana, Cuba

We did spot some commerical signs in the street but they were advertising a restaurant and bar long since closed down.

Highlights of Old Havana, Cuba

The Cathedral of Havana, completed in 1777, sits on a colonial plaza in the heart of the Old Town.

Highlights of Old Havana, Cuba

Another alley in the Old Town equals another shot of a city lost in time.

Highlights of Old Havana, Cuba

El Capitolio, or the National Capitol Building, was the seat of government in Cuba until after the Cuban Revolution in 1959, and is now home to the Cuban Academy of Sciences. Its design and name recall the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C., but it is only superficially similar. Completed in 1929, it was the tallest building in Havana until the 1950s and houses the world’s third largest indoor statue.

Highlights of Old Havana, Cuba

This bakery looks much the same as it did decades ago – you can just imagine a horse and cart pulling up outside those massive shutters.

La Bodeguita del medio - Highlights of Old Havana, Cuba

La Bodeguita claims to be the birthplace of the mojito and tourists flock here to drink it. Visited by famous patrons such as Ernest Hemingway who wrote “My mojito in La Bodeguita, My daiquiri in El Floridita” on the wall, guests today leave their messages wherever they can find a space. Unless you are Hemingway though your note won’t last for long, the walls are repainted every few months!

Highlights of Old Havana, Cuba

I spied this man watching the world go by from his beautiful but dilapidated home on the Paseo del Prado.

Highlights of Old Havana, Cuba

On the Malecon – is that a car from a more recent decade I see?

Highlights of Old Havana, Cuba

It’s not hard to imagine a time when this building would have been desirable.

Revolution Square - Highlights of Old Havana, Cuba

We take a tour of the city in a classic car and pull up by this tribute to Fidel at Revolution Square.

Revolution Square - Highlights of Old Havana, Cuba

A Government building on Revolution Square displays Che’s face, the Cuban flag and his well known slogan of  “Hasta la Victoria Siempre”. (Until the everlasting victory, always).

Highlights of Old Havana, Cuba

Me posing in the Pontiac and pretending I am in a 50’s movie.

Highlights of Old Havana, Cuba

Even the petrol stations look retro.

Revolution Museum Havana - Highlights of Old Havana, Cuba

The Museum of the Revolution of Havana is housed in what used to be the Presidential Palace. Covering the build up to the Revolution along with details of life since, there is a lot to be learnt amongst the sometimes heavy propaganda.

The corner of the the cretins in the Revolution Museum, Havana

On the way out of the Revolution Museum my eye was caught by this poster ‘The corner of the the cretins’. Fulgencio Batista, Ronald Reagan, George Bush Senior and George Bush Junior are all thanked for strengthening the Revolution.

The corner of the the cretins in the Revolution Museum, Havana

Corner of Parque Central, Havana, Cuba

This was my first glimpse of Havana, the corner of Parque Central.

View from rooftop pool and bar of NH Parque Central Hotel, Havana

This was the view from our rooftop pool and bar at the Iberostar Parque Central Hotel.

In Photos: Highlights of Old Havana, Cuba

I couldn’t end the post without including another shot of this perfect sunset we watched from the roof of our hotel in Parque Central. This was taken on our first night in the city and as I watched the sky dramatically transform over the homes of the Havana, I couldn’t wait to get into the city and learn more about it.

What about you? Do these pictures inspire you to visit Havana anytime soon?

15 Comments

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    D.J. - The World of Deej
    March 10, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    I really hope to make it to Cuba before McDonalds and WalMart move in. A lot of heritage there from my family on mom’s side. Great pics!

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      Jayne
      March 17, 2013 at 11:08 am

      Thanks DJ, hope you get to see it soon. Such a special place

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    Angela
    March 10, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    Hell yes! Havana looks so pretty. I think Cuba and I will get along!

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      Jayne
      March 17, 2013 at 11:08 am

      haha me too!

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    Miruna
    March 11, 2013 at 10:24 am

    They certainly do! Havana is on my bucket list.

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      Jayne
      March 17, 2013 at 11:09 am

      I’d say it deserves the position 🙂

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    Andi of My Beautiful Adventures
    March 11, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    Love the pics, especially the one of you! Very glam!!! You’re making me miss Cuba soooo much.

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      Jayne
      March 17, 2013 at 11:09 am

      Thanks Andi, and your pics are making me miss Bermuda!

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    A Montrealer Abroad (@amontrealer)
    March 11, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    Again, this last photo is just WOW.

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    Clare
    March 16, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    Love your photos! But I get the feeling you can’t really understand all that history unless you’re actually there. I’d love to visit Cuba – I get the impression that Havana is one of those places that would really get under your skin and I’d love to experience it.

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      Jayne
      March 17, 2013 at 11:10 am

      Yes exactly that, as much as I can try and describe it through words and pictures, nothing beats being there and feeling it yourself

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    Suzanne (Travelbunny)
    March 17, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    Fab photos which brought back lots of great memories 🙂 We stayed at the NH Parque too – fabulous views from the rooftop pool and perfect location for walking to all the sights…

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      Jayne
      March 18, 2013 at 9:28 am

      Isn’t it just – I loved that rooftop so much!

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    Ruth
    March 24, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    Great photos! It is interesting how people can give us different perspectives of La Havana with photos. Every time I see photos of Cuba’s capital, they are just different. You don’t see the “clasic” shot like for other cities. I like the “rincon de los cretinos.”

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