Saturday, 2 December 2017

The Streets of Havana

Part of the enjoyment of our time in Cuba & Havana in particular was walking the streets.
We loved strolling along, checking out the sights and absorbing the vibes.

Havana was full of old cars that had been lovingly restored and maintained.
A street photographers heaven!

There were more pictures and posters of Che than Fidel, but he did pop up occasionally.

Tryp Habana Libre - Tiled mural by Amelia Pelaez. 

Vertical gardening - Havana-style!

This post is part of Saturday Snapshot.

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Plaza de la Revolucion, Havana

The Plaza de la Revolucion contains two of the most iconic images of Cuba for the outsider.
The two towering murals of Che Guevara and Camilo Cienfuegos, that adorn the nearby concrete block that is the Ministerio del Interior, are as impressive as they are famous.

Camilo Cienfuegos 2009 Vas Bien Fidel (You're going well, Fidel)

Che Guevara 1995 (based on the image created by Alberto Kordo 1960) Hasta la Victoria Siempre (Always Towards Victory)

The Plaza was first dreamed up in the 1920's by French landscape architect Jean Claude Forestier to connect the city and it's prominent landmarks. He aimed for a 'harmonic balance between the classical built form and the tropical landscape.' (wikipedia)

Construction began in the 50's under the Batista dictatorship and completed in 1959.
Originally named Plaza Civica, it was renamed after the Revolution. the functional, grey buildings were built around this time too.

The Plaza is now the home of the Cuban Government (although changes are afoot to move the National Assembly to the El Capitolio building that is currently being restored). Large scale political rallies are also held here.

On the opposite side of the square from the murals is the Jose Marti Memorial.
The tower is Cuba's tallest structure at 109m. 
It represents a five point star and is built of grey marble.
The Jose Marti statue stands 17m high, or I should say, is seated 17m high.
He is portrayed in a thoughtful Thinker-style pose.
The museum is underneath the tower, but was unfortunately not open to the public on the day we visited.

Coco-bikes waiting nearby to pick up a fare!

This post is part of Saturday Snapshot.

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Havana Bus Tour

One of the tips we got about spending time in Havana was to do the hop on/hop off double decker bus tour. We had three days to explore Havana, but knew it wasn't anywhere near enough time to see everything we wanted to. The bus tour took us out to some of the suburbs, past the Embassy & diplomatic area, the cemetery and the harbour. We stopped at Revolutionary Square for several hours, before heading back to Habana Vieja for another wander.

Today's pictures are some of the sights we spotted from the bus.

This post is part of Saturday Snapshot.