Thursday, May 28, 2015

Cuba: Havana

“Cuba is such a beautiful country, and everywhere you go, there’s music and people dancing – especially in Havana.”
- Julia Sawalha -

Below are some images taken in Havana, Cuba’s capital; the highlight of our trip. Please excuse the quality. They were taken hastily because we were pressed for time, and they were shot with a point and shoot camera. Nonetheless, it'll give you a small glimpse of this amazing city. So, away we go with many photos and very few words.


One of the most interesting sightings is all the old cars that are in mint condition. What a treat.



Havana is the largest city in the Caribbean, and one of the most culturally rich in the world. It was founded by the Spanish in the 1500's and has a very fascinating history.



This colourful capital is known for the Spanish colonial architecture of its Old Havana core, which we had an opportunity to visit.


The Catedral de San Cristobal, Havana Vieja (Old Havana).

Inside the popular cathedral.

Many of the old buildings have undergone restoration and they are spectacular.



When you walk through Havana, you feel as if you've gone back in time. It is unlike any other area in the Caribbean.



You can spend an entire week in this city and still not have enough time to fully explore and appreciate everything it has to offer.




Taking a selfie with (a young) Che Guevara. Images of him and Fidel Castro are everywhere. Everywhere.

I can’t stress enough the absolute need to spend some time in Havana if you ever find yourself in Cuba. Only then will you feel like you’ve truly visited this beautiful country.

Have a lovely day, friends.

34 comments:

  1. I had no idea Havana was so beautiful. Not what I pictured at all. You and your hubby look so relaxed. So glad you had a wonderful time.

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    1. I'd never been there before and I must say I was quite surprised! What an incredible place. Well worth a visit.

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  2. You should start a career in traveling Martha, you are doing a great job...Havana is now on my bucket list!

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    1. It's funny but my initial studies were in the tourism industry. Had I known then what I know now, I would have studied to be a travel photographer.

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  3. Makes we want to get there ASAP!
    You are right that Havana is not like any other Caribbean city.......it looks very large and almost like it was many years ago.
    thanks for the tour, Martha and have wonderful day.

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    1. It's quite historical, Jim. I wish I'd had more time to explore it. A couple of hours is much too short a visit.

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  4. Must be a wonderful place to visit, lovely photos!

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  5. Wonderful photos, love the colours and the architecture, the people and everything.

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    1. There is potential for amazing photographs there. I wish I could spend an entire week there!

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  6. So beautiful! And so clean! Not a scrap of litter to be seen anywhere in any of your photos! Canadians appreciate stuff like that, don't we?

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    1. You noticed! Yes, it is extremely clean. That was very impressive. And yes, Canadians definitely appreciate stuff like that! And I'm proud that we are not being slobs there. Considering how many Canadians visit, it would be safe to assume that we were doing the littering if there was litter around.

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  7. I've always wanted to dance in Cuba. Your photo inside the cathedral is amazing, and I love the one of the two people by the water - very evocative. It looks as though everyone enjoys life as much as possible there.

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    1. They do, Robyn. These people are so happy and with so little. It's quite impressive to see how sociable and full of life they are.

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  8. Love all your photos! Such beautiful buildings. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Linda. And thank you about the photos.

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  9. More excellent shots.

    Wishing you a great day. Just finished breakfast and dish.

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    1. Hey Wonder Woman! I've been thinking about you all day. I hope it's been a killer good staycation week for you!

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  10. Thank you for the wonderful photos from Havana. Love the 1954 Ford convertible. That is a well loved car. We should travel there before the major American tourist boom spoils the country.

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    1. Eventually it's going to get crazy busy! The sooner you visit the better. And you'll get to see so many similar cars. It's such a treat!

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  11. Liked the church!! Everything looks really clean there!

    betty

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    1. That church is incredible! And the area is very clean.

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  12. My friend Randy had the best vacation there ever, he is an artist and he brought back some local art. Most people I talk to complain about the food, but I will push for Cuba next vacation for sure. :)

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    1. The art in Cuba is amazing! We saw some of the most interesting pieces. Cubans are very much into the arts in every which way. A very talented population!

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  13. The architecture in that area is beautiful! Love the vintage ride and the cathedral!

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    1. That cathedral is incredible. I wish we'd had more time to explore it. And all the other beautiful and historical buildings!

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  14. Your pictures are great even taken with a point and shoot. And now I want to visit Cuba!

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    1. You would love it! So different than any other area in the Caribbean.

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  15. great pictures again of Cuba

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  16. You were wise to visit Havana before any changes begin.......mint condition red car and those buildings!!

    Lovely to view indeed!

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    1. That is one reason why we chose that area instead of the other Caribbean islands. Eventually it's going to get crazy busy there!

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  17. Old , well maintained and restored buildings impres me. the people who do this should be admired.

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    1. I couldn't agree more. It's wonderful when these old buildings are restored rather than taken down. Whenever possible, of course.

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