Havana Vieja

Havana Vieja (Old Havana) is the original Spanish settlement at the entrance of the Bay of Havana. Founded in 1519, its packed architectural treasures, arranged around 5 main plazas, with narrow cobblestone streets connecting them. 

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Havana Vieja photos

I mostly only take photos in Havana just before or immediately after dawn. Once the sun is up the shadows are too strong and its difficult to see the beauty of the architecture. Besides, its cool and quite then. There are lots more tourists in and cafes in the old city since our last visit. Mostly, I suspect because WIFI is now available. Building are being restored at a fast pace, and new restaurants are opening daily.

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Portraits

Cuba people portraits. Havana is a sophisticated city, like any city in Europe or the States, where most people don’t like having a big camera aimed at them like a gun.  I travel with a tiny pocket camera that I keep in the palm of my hand. I usually will only take a photo of someone that I have some kind of interaction with.

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 Cuba people portraits

 

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Chrome

1950s Havana – the era of American cars with lots of chrome. It can be blinding in the tropical sun.

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Cuba cars photographs

 

Trinidad Cuba roadtrip

A family visit and beach trip to the south coast

Trinidad Cuba beaches on the south side of Cuba aren’t as turquoise or clear, much the same way the east and west side of Florida are different. But wet, warm and beautiful none-the-less. 

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 Trinidad Cuba photos

Trinidad is one of the most spectacular settings of the cities of Cuba.  A small town nestled into the hills of the Escambray Mountains, Trinidad was founded in 1514, and is now a UNESCO World heritage site. We have family living nearby, in the mountains. Its nice and cool there, and a good place for growing onions. Its about an hour to the beach. Playa Ancon is south of Trinidad, and has the look of a faded, forgotten Italian beach in a long forgotten town that attracts few visitors. But that’s the best thing about it. Its quite.

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Sports Stadiums

Waiting for the next event 

Havana sports stadiums are waiting fro the next big event to get some much need repairs. The Jose-Marti-Parque-Stadium, built in 1940 was a legacy of the Bastista regime – then added onto after the Revolution. Who is willing to take credit to fix it up again?

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 Havana sports stadiums

This two stadiums are in the Vedado neighborhood of Havana. The first, Jose-Marti-Parque-Stadium,  is right on the ocean. I photographed it on my first visit to Cuba in 2007, and the diving platform was still standing.

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Work

Its not all play in paradise

Habaneros are a hard working bunch. Like all the cities of the world, people are flocking to Havana to find jobs and the competition is fierce.

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Havana work photos

Renovation and construction is going on everywhere you look in Havana. Its nice to see bright paint going on buildings

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