Map by Fernando Vicente
Map by Fernando Vicente

Depicting Cuba as its signature crocodile

Cuba Map
Cuba Map

We visited Havana, Viñales, Cienfuegos, and Trinidad

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

Cuba streetscene
Cuba streetscene

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

Havana
Havana

Residential area of Centro Havana district

Havana - El Malecon
Havana - El Malecon

Famous seaside promenade

Havana - El Malecon
Havana - El Malecon

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

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

Havana
Havana

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

Cuba - architecture
Cuba - architecture

Decaying grandeur with trees growing from walls

Havana - architecture
Havana - architecture

Thousands of crumbling historically significant buildings

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

Boxing coach with gloves held together by packing tape

Havana - El Prado
Havana - El Prado

An apartment to trade

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)

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

Elegant pedestrian street lined with artists displays every Saturday

Havana
Havana

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

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

National Theater being renovated on the left

Havana
Havana

Detail from the facade of the National Theater under renovation

Havana - Plaza de Armas
Havana - Plaza de Armas

The place to buy books

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.

Havana
Havana

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

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

Car repairs along any street

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

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

Havana - Casa Victoria
Havana - Casa Victoria

The kitchen in our casa particular

Havana - Casa Victoria
Havana - Casa Victoria

Marguerite holding her grandson in the kitchen of our casa particular

Havana  - Casa Victoria
Havana - Casa Victoria

Eating breakfast

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

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

Havana
Havana

Street vendor and street art

Havana
Havana

Artist on El Prado

Havana
Havana

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

Havana
Havana

Devotee of Santeria religion

Havana posers
Havana posers

Vintage cars used as taxis ferry tourists through Havana

Havana
Havana

Vintage cars lined up waiting for tourist fares

17th century lithograph machine
17th century lithograph machine

At Taller Experimental de Grafica de La Habana

Julio Pena, artist
Julio Pena, artist

Has exhibited internationally