Cuba

Cuba Flag

Cuba Flag

Capitolio Nacional

The Capitolio Nacional is similar to the US Capitol Building in Washington, and it one of the most impressive buildings in downtown Havana.

Capitolio Nacional

Old cars

Beautiful old cars are common in Cuba. It is romantically sold to tourists as a time warp back to the 1950s. But one must remember that the 1950s was a time before catalytic converters, air conditioning and seat belts!

Old cars

Old Havana streets

Many streets in old Havana contain buildings in a state of decay, but there are people everywhere and the community spirit seems strong.

Old Havana streets

Old building

The old Havana is a Unesco World Heritage Site because of these beautiful old buildings.

Old building

Reconstruction

Although there are not much money or resources in Cuba, a lot of Unesco money is flowing in to fund restoration work.

Reconstruction

Restored building

The buildings in Plaza Vieja have been restored.

Restored building

Chinatown, Havana

Havana even has a Chinatown. Though this one was actually created in the 1990s by the Cuban government for tourists. Although the area once had many Chinese people, there aren't many around anymore.

Chinatown, Havana

Restored building

Restored building

Plaza de San Francisco de Asis

Plaza de San Francisco de Asis

Plaza de la Catedral

Plaza de la Catedral

Book stalls in Plaza de Armas

Book stalls in Plaza de Armas

Havana rooftops

The Capitolio Nacional stands out in the skyline of old Havana.

Havana rooftops

Havana

Havana

Havana

Havana

Hotel Raquel

A beautiful old building in Habana Vieja.

Hotel Raquel

Hotel Nacional

A famous (or infamous) hotel in Havana.

Hotel Nacional

Habana Libre

Imaging building a new hotel and then less than a year later it was commandeered by revolutionary rebels. Conrad Hilton does not have to imagine: Castro took over and, for a while, ran the country from its upper suites.

Habana Libre

Mural de la Prehistoria

About 200kms west of Havana is the Viñales area. This mural was painted to many years ago to attract visitors to the area.

Mural de la Prehistoria

Viñales

The limestone mogotes are the major attraction of the area.

Viñales

Viñales

Viñales

Fort

Across the bay lies an old fort.

Fort

Malecón

The famous sea drive of Havana: old buildings, cars, pedestrians and a huge sea wall.

Malecón

Fishing on the Malecón

Fishing on the Malecón

Sunset over the Maleco

Sunset over the Maleco

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