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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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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Havana Centro

The heart of Havana.

Just outside the old city walls, Centro is the most densely populated area in Cuba. Tightly packed streets, grand churches, and 450 years of architecture, all in easy walking distance.

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Havana Centro photos

Havana Vedado

Compared to the tight streets of Central Havana, Vedado is a lush suburb with grand house and broad streets.  But in easy walking distance th the city center. Vedado is the 1920’s era neighborhood of Havana and also where the modern hotels and casinos were built in the 1950s.

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Vedado Havana photos

The University of Havana is also here and it sits on top of the hilly part of the city.

Doors & windows

Havana architectural detail

Havana’s streets are very narrow, with no porches or setbacks. The exterior beauty of the architecture is in the doors and windows. 

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Havana doors

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