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A Walk in Havana #SaturdaySnapshot

By Joyweesemoll @joyweesemoll

I got distracted from my recap of our Cuba trip when I was preparing a presentation on our trip to give at local libraries. I’ve given three, so far. I’ll be doing a fourth one this afternoon and a fifth one next month. If you live in St. Louis and want to come to one of these, let me know and I’ll send you details. If you’re a librarian in the St. Louis region and think that your patrons would enjoy seeing photos and hearing about Cuba, let me know and we’ll set something up.

I don’t want to leave my recap in the middle of the trip, so I’m starting it up again for Saturday Snapshot.

Our best photos of the whole trip came from one afternoon walk in Havana. The earlier visits to famous old plazas (Plaza de Armas and Plaza de la Catedral) came accompanied by a variety of buskers. They weren’t too aggressive but annoying after a while. Our leader decided we needed to get out where tourists are rarely seen. We got to see how Cubans really live and they got to look at the rare sight of a bunch of camera-wielding tourists, which seems a fair exchange for photographers who tend to get more than we give in most situations.

Man in Havana, Cuba
Rick took this one of a friendly Cuban. I love the colors of the bike and buildings.
Man on balcony, Havana, Cuba
Another one where Rick got a positive response from a resident.
Woman on balcony in Havana, Cuba
People and laundry on balconies were irresistible subjects for photographers.
Shoppers in Havana, Cuba
Part of our walk was along a busy pedestrian shopping street.
Empty playground, Havana, Cuba
This playground was closed, but the kids were in school so I hope it opened later in the day.
Soviet-era car, Havana, Cuba
Havana is famous for 1950s American cars — but those are mostly used as taxis for tourists. On the side streets, we saw a lot of these old Soviet-era cars.
El Capitolio, Havana, Cuba
El Capitolio was modeled off the Capitol building in Washington, DC. I was amused that both domes are undergoing reconstruction right now. It was originally built to house the Cuban Congress, but got re-purposed after the Revolution for the Cuban Academy of Sciences. It’s next life, after this remodel, is scheduled to be similar to the original one — a home for the National Assembly.

Here are my previous posts about Cuba, most with photos for Saturday Snapshot at West Metro Mommy Reads:

  • Photos of Entering Cuba
  • Book review of Cuban Revelations by Marc Frank
  • Photos of the Palacio de Valle
  • Book review of Our Man in Havana by Graham Greene
  • Photos of downtown Cienfuegos
  • Food in Cuba
  • Colorful Trinidad, Cuba
  • Book review of Havana Nocturne by T.J. English with photos of 50s Cuba
  • Interiors of a 1929 house in Havana
  • Colors of Cuba exhibit
  • Views of Havana from Hotel Capri
  • Architecture and book stalls in the Plaza de Armas, Havana
  • Food in Havana
  • Plaza de la Catedral, Havana

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