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Havana

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Within Havana Vieja, much of the 17th to 19th century architecture is crumbling, but a significant amount has been, and is being, renovated very attractively done, too. Its UNESCO World Heritage Site designation has certainly helped the funding of much of this restoration.

The evening atmosphere is fantastic, and there are ready smiles wherever you look. Latino music drifts out of doorways and windows, relaxed locals sit on their doorsteps, talk to their neighbours, wander the streets, hang out on street corners. The guys are good looking, the girls are gorgeous, and everyone seems dressed fairly scantily: not much obesity here. The people appear inherently incapable of standing still whenever they hear music (and I suspect they are rarely out of listening range). Even the policeman on Plaza de la Catedral sways to the music of the El Patio band, beating time with his nightstick.

Shop front, Havana Vieja
Shop front, Havana Vieja
Calle Cuba, Havana Vieja
Calle Cuba, Havana Vieja
Calle O'Reilly, Havana Vieja
Calle O'Reilly, Havana Vieja
Calle Obisbo, Havana Vieja
Calle Obisbo, Havana Vieja
Calle Mercaderes, Havana Vieja
Calle Mercaderes, Havana Vieja
Bell tower, Catedral de San Cristobal de Havana
Bell tower, Catedral de San Cristobal de Havana
Restaurante El Patio, Plaza de la Catedral
Restaurante El Patio, Plaza de la Catedral
Renovated convent, O'Reilly and Mercaderes
Renovated convent, O'Reilly and Mercaderes
Interior, Hotel O'Farrill
Interior, Hotel O'Farrill
National police station, Havana Vieja
National police station, Havana Vieja
US Interests Office and Plaza  Anti-Imperialista
US Interests Office and Plaza Anti-Imperialista
Anti-American propoganda
Anti-American propoganda
Memorial Jose Marti
Memorial Jose Marti
View over Havana Centro from Memorial Jose Marti
View over Havana Centro from Memorial Jose Marti
Communist Party Headquarters
Communist Party Headquarters
Havana Vieja from Memorial Jose Marti
Havana Vieja from Memorial Jose Marti
Che Guevara  mural, Ministry of the Interior
Che Guevara mural, Ministry of the Interior
Memorial Jose Marti
Memorial Jose Marti
Havana University
Havana University
Hotel Nacional bar
Hotel Nacional bar
Hotel Nacional bar
Hotel Nacional bar
Hotel Nacional reception
Hotel Nacional reception
San Carlos de la Cabana fortress
San Carlos de la Cabana fortress
San Carlos de la Cabana fortress
San Carlos de la Cabana fortress
Havana Vieja and Centro from La Cabana
Havana Vieja and Centro from La Cabana
Taller Experimental de Grafica
Taller Experimental de Grafica
Havana colours
Havana colours
Carriage pony, Havana Vieja
Carriage pony, Havana Vieja
Calle Cuba street scene
Calle Cuba street scene
Hemingway's favourite hotel, the Ambos Mundos
Hemingway's favourite hotel, the Ambos Mundos
Plaza de Armas statue of Cespedes
Plaza de Armas statue of Cespedes
Simon Bolivar statue, Mercaderes and Obrapia
Simon Bolivar statue, Mercaderes and Obrapia
Plaza de San Francisco de Asis
Plaza de San Francisco de Asis
Homoerotic statue (Junipero Serra and native boy)
Homoerotic statue (Junipero Serra and native boy)
Bronze statue, Plaza de San Francisco de Asis
Bronze statue, Plaza de San Francisco de Asis
Bar on Plaza Vieja
Bar on Plaza Vieja
Castillo El Morro
Castillo El Morro
Sunrise fishing on the Malecon
Sunrise fishing on the Malecon
Sunrise fishing on the Malecon
Sunrise fishing on the Malecon
Fishing from a rubber tyre
Fishing from a rubber tyre
Francisco de Miranda, 18th-century anti-colonialist
Francisco de Miranda, 18th-century anti-colonialist
Francisco de Miranda, 18th-century anti-colonialist
Francisco de Miranda, 18th-century anti-colonialist
Memorial a los Estudiantes de Medicina
Memorial a los Estudiantes de Medicina
Colonial facade near the Malecon
Colonial facade near the Malecon
Modern high-rise
"Modern" high-rise
Statue of General Maximo Gomez
Statue of General Maximo Gomez
Parque Anfiteatro
Parque Anfiteatro
On the way to setting up market stall
On the way to setting up market stall
Colonial Art Museum, Plaza de la Catedral
Colonial Art Museum, Plaza de la Catedral
Plaza de la Catedral
Plaza de la Catedral
Colonial Art Museum, Plaza de la Catedral
Colonial Art Museum, Plaza de la Catedral
Colonial Art Museum, Plaza de la Catedral
Colonial Art Museum, Plaza de la Catedral
Colonial Art Museum, Plaza de la Catedral
Colonial Art Museum, Plaza de la Catedral
Doorknobs, Colonial Art Museum
Doorknobs, Colonial Art Museum
Catedral de San Cristobal de Havana
Catedral de San Cristobal de Havana
Glass work, Colonial Art Museum
Glass work, Colonial Art Museum
Street corner, Havana Vieja
Street corner, Havana Vieja
Havana Vieja street entertainment
Havana Vieja street entertainment
Torreon de Cojimar
Torreon de Cojimar
Hemingway bust, Cojimar
Hemingway bust, Cojimar
Hemingway's house at San Francisco de Paula
Hemingway's house at San Francisco de Paula
Hemingway's house at San Francisco de Paula
Hemingway's house at San Francisco de Paula
Hemingway's house at San Francisco de Paula
Hemingway's house at San Francisco de Paula
Hemingway's house at San Francisco de Paula
Hemingway's house at San Francisco de Paula
Hemingway's house at San Francisco de Paula
Hemingway's house at San Francisco de Paula
Hemingway's boat, El Pilar, under restoration
Hemingway's boat, El Pilar, under restoration
The Capitolo Nacional
The Capitolo Nacional
The Capitolio Nacional
The Capitolio Nacional
Statue of the Republic, Capitolio Nacional
Statue of the Republic, Capitolio Nacional
The Capitolio Nacional
The Capitolio Nacional
The Capitolio Nacional
The Capitolio Nacional
The Capitolio Nacional
The Capitolio Nacional
Typical Havana tenement
Typical Havana tenement
Sunset from La Cabana
Sunset from La Cabana
Sunset ceremony at La Cabana
Sunset ceremony at La Cabana
Sunset ceremony at La Cabana
Sunset ceremony at La Cabana