Postcard from Havana, Cuba

Introduction

A wizened abuela (grandmother) looks down at the street life from the third floor balcony of her dilapidated apartment building amidst washing lines and Roman columns in a scene of crumbling elegance that is repeated countlessly across this unique city.

In the growing twilight a small group of old men play dominoes in the street – it's just too hot to be inside. Two woman lean against a doorway chatting, while a 1950's chevvy slowly manoeuvres around the many potholes that ensure that cars move as languidly as people.

In Havana Vieja (Old Havana) the majestic Catedral de San Cristobal de la Havana reminds all of the city's long colonial history. While in Centro the grandeur of La Capitolio and Hotel Inglaterra ooze confidence and authority.

And then there's the Malecon.

 the street of our casa particular in Havana. Never boring.

the street of our casa particular in Havana. Never boring.

 cruising the prado

cruising the prado

 the malecon at sunset

the malecon at sunset

 el capitolio and hotel inglaterra

el capitolio and hotel inglaterra

 buskers, cuban style

buskers, cuban style

 the view from the catedral bell tower towards the forts

the view from the catedral bell tower towards the forts

 la habana

la habana

 crumbling grandeur

crumbling grandeur

 che Guevara in Revolution square

che Guevara in Revolution square

 Necropolis cristobal colon

Necropolis cristobal colon

 our casa in Havana, hostel peregrino consulado

our casa in Havana, hostel peregrino consulado

 Museum of the revolution

Museum of the revolution

 Museum of the revolution

Museum of the revolution

 Museum of the revolution

Museum of the revolution

 la catedral de san cristobal

la catedral de san cristobal

 sunset on the malecon

sunset on the malecon

Ken