Sunday, 4 March 2012

Cuba - Old Havana

Old Havana, with its many gracious historical buildings spanning the centuries, was for me, the star of Cuba.  I've only included a few of the highlights below to provide a flavour of this destination, which I will gladly visit again.  


Courtyard, complete with peacock, of the Palacios de los Capitanes Generales - former official residence of the governors of Havana, now a museum 


















The Cathedral of Havana






Inside the Cathedral


The booksellers at the Plaza de Armas reminded me of Paris

Paseo del Prado - the wide leafy pedestrian boulevard that cuts through Old Havana



The art deco Bacardi building and its lobby

             



The famous Calle Obispo - lots of street life with no traffic








 Farmacia Taquechel Museum, an old house turned into a famous pharmacy in the 19th century




Gorgeous restored building in the Plaza Vieja by day 


and by night


Typical street in old Havana
Not to miss Chocolate Musuem, not so much for the artifacts but for the smoothest cocoa ever!


Building under restoration


Iglesia de San Francisco by the waterfront


Looks like this might be a coming out event in the church square






Russian Orthodox Cathedral Our Lady of Kazan


Havana at night


Inside the Rum Museum


The famous Buena Vista Social Club playing in the Rum Museum


video
Click here to hear them https://youtu.be/nqcXl5etEHU

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