Map by Fernando Vicente
Map by Fernando Vicente

Depicting Cuba as its signature crocodile

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Cuba Map
Cuba Map

We visited Havana, Viñales, Cienfuegos, and Trinidad

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Lithograph from Taller Experimental de Grafica de La Habana where some of the most famous Cuban artists work

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Cuba streetscene
Cuba streetscene

Capitol building, the pre-revolution seat of government, in the background is renovated as a museum

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Havana
Havana

Residential area of Centro Havana district

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Havana - El Malecon
Havana - El Malecon

Famous seaside promenade

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Havana - El Malecon
Havana - El Malecon

Seemingly unchanged from 1959 when the Revolution pushed the pause button in Cuba

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Havana - El Malecon
Havana - El Malecon

I saw the same scene in my visit as I saw in my grandparents' vacation films from the 1950's

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Havana
Havana

View of the Fort at the entrance of Havana Harbor from our window in Casa Victoria

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Cuba - architecture
Cuba - architecture

Decaying grandeur with trees growing from walls

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Havana - architecture
Havana - architecture

Thousands of crumbling historically significant buildings

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Havana architecture
Havana architecture
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Havana
Havana
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Havana - Plaza Vieja
Havana - Plaza Vieja
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Havana
Havana

Boxing coach with gloves held together by packing tape

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Havana - El Prado
Havana - El Prado

An apartment to trade

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Havana - Car for sale
Havana - Car for sale

The ability to sell a car or an apartment was unheard of a few years ago (not that anyone can afford to buy)

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Havana -  El Prado
Havana - El Prado
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Havana - El Prado
Havana - El Prado

Elegant pedestrian street lined with artists displays every Saturday

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Havana
Havana

Bagpipes played form a balcony over El Prado. Note the instrument swaddled in a Cuba flag.

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Havana Bodega
Havana Bodega
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Havana - Russian Embassy
Havana - Russian Embassy
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Havana
Havana

National Theater being renovated on the left

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Havana
Havana

Detail from the facade of the National Theater under renovation

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Havana - Plaza de Armas
Havana - Plaza de Armas

The place to buy books

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Havana
Havana

Capitalistic buildings, such as this bank, were given to the people after the Revolution. The symbol in the window of a sideways "H" indicates a casa particular or Cuban BandB.

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Havana
Havana

Paladares are small private restaurants - some look like tasteful cafes like here, some are in people's homes.

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Afro-Cuban singer
Afro-Cuban singer
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Habanera
Habanera
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Havana street scene
Havana street scene
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Havana
Havana

Car repairs along any street

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Car repair in the street
Car repair in the street
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Havana
Havana

Habanera dressed in period costume selling flowers but making more money by posing for tourist photos

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Havana - Casa Victoria
Havana - Casa Victoria

The kitchen in our casa particular

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Havana - Casa Victoria
Havana - Casa Victoria

Marguerite holding her grandson in the kitchen of our casa particular

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Havana  - Casa Victoria
Havana - Casa Victoria

Eating breakfast

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Havana street scene
Havana street scene
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Havana street scene
Havana street scene
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Havana
Havana
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Havana
Havana
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Havana
Havana

"Creeping capitalism" is the new economic order. Privatization has been allowed under Raul Castro's leadership since 2011.

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Havana
Havana

Street vendor and street art

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Havana
Havana

Artist on El Prado

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Havana
Havana

Cigar-smoking and period costumes make for a good tourist photo and some income

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Havana
Havana

Devotee of Santeria religion

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Havana posers
Havana posers
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Vintage cars used as taxis ferry tourists through Havana

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Havana
Havana

Vintage cars lined up waiting for tourist fares

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17th century lithograph machine
17th century lithograph machine

At Taller Experimental de Grafica de La Habana

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Julio Pena, artist
Julio Pena, artist

Has exhibited internationally

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