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    Old Havana, Cuba (warning, lots of pics!)

    I took these pics of la Vieja Havana (Old Havana) in February. Havana is like a Spanish city that wouldn't have been taken care of for about 50 years: no renovations, not a coat of paint, nothing - exept in the city centre, where UNESCO money has helped the Cuban government to expertly restore the buildings on the main streets and the touristy sites. They really did a great job.

    Near the Plaza de Armas


    The cathedral and the lovely Plaza de la Catedral




















    The streets around the cathedral, mostly on calle de los mercaderes ("the Merchants' street")

























    Along calle Obispo ("Bishop's street"), the main commercial drag















    Closer to the Capitol, near the Parque Central (Central Park) and the main hotels





    I really liked these giant spiders near the Parque Central. Original art!









    The Cementerio Cristobal de Colon (Christopher Columbus cemetery)







    Around Plaza de la Revolution (translation not required, I hope?)







    In Havana, they have these weird truck-bus combo that they use as a form of "rapid" transit, with limited stops through the city. Look closely, you'll see that the pink bus is actually a trailer behind a truck cabin.






    I also saw an old Quebec school bus (how could I tell? The sign in front of the bus says "Écoliers", which is French, and the name of the school board was written on the side of the bus!) used for public transit in Havana.


    Back in the city centre, on Paseo de Marti, or also called the Prado, where the Capitolio National (the National Capitol) is located















    That's it for now! Hope you enjoyed.

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    A lot of romantic views in Havana. Thanks for the pics.

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    Cyburbian nerudite's avatar
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    Wonderful photos... some of the plazas remind me of Spain.

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    A city I'll probably never get to see... damn American citizenship.

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    Quote Originally posted by passdoubt
    A city I'll probably never get to see... damn American citizenship.
    Wrong answer. The correct answer is damn communist.

    And you prabably will get to see it if you want. Castro is old. My feeling is this will change and the island will open up to vast american (mainly from the cuban-americans in Miami) commercialism and capitalism. Very soon the shores will be full of Hiltons and McDonalds... dont you worry.
    "Those who plan do better than those who do not plan, even though they rarely stick to their plan." - Winston Churchill

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    Quote Originally posted by H
    Wrong answer. The correct answer is damn communist.

    And you prabably will get to see it if you want. Castro is old. My feeling is this will change and the island will open up to vast american (mainly from the cuban-americans in Miami) commercialism and capitalism. Very soon the shores will be full of Hiltons and McDonalds... dont you worry.
    I would kind of agree. In fact, I'm looking for USA-Cuba relations to become veeerrry close indeed, much closer than anyone else can now imagine, within a short time after Castro moves on to that Great Workers' Paradise™ in the sky. The only question is how much lingering resentment there will be among some Cubanos regarding the effects of the embargo.

    Wierd, though, that Castro is now the World's 3rd or 4th longest tenured head-of-state. I just wonder how long it will take to undo most of the damage of those five decades....

    Great pics, too, BTW. I am always looking for images, maps, etc, of that interesting place in our own backyard.

    Mike

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    Quote Originally posted by H
    Wrong answer. The correct answer is damn communist.
    You've got to be kidding. Castro is practically a teddy bear. The embargo is absurd. Maybe it made sense in 1961 when there were ruskie nukes on the island, but not anymore. The only reason why it's still in place is because of the anti-Castro refugee bloc in south Flordia.

    The embargo will go away when that bloc dies off.

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