Cuba Day 2, Old Havana

It just took me less time to upload 109 photos than it did to upload 3 in Cuba. The internet there…well… You don’t realize how much you use it until you don’t have it!

So, you have been warned. This post contains 109 photos (and this is after I tossed at least 2/3 of them out!) 😀

The second day we walked in the old, historic part of Havana. This place is a dream for a photographer – endless buildings, people, scenes, and interesting things. I need to research many of these places. There were churches, squares, monuments, and other buildings that were obviously old and full of history. I’m glad I took photos of some signs to help me identify things.

Buildings seemed in many states of repair, some being well cared for or restored, and others showing the passage of time. The old section is obviously a tourist attraction and there were people everywhere speaking many languages. Many tourists were in groups with guides, and there were many many buses. Our hostess said the buses meet the cruise ships to take people on tours of the city, and others told us bus tours are also arranged by hotels for their guests.

Our hostess is really spoiling us! She fed us such a big breakfast that we had to save a lot of it for later. When we returned the bed was made and the room cleaned up. Even the toilet paper was folded into a little point at the end like a hotel service, and our towels had been replaced with clean ones. Speaking of toilet paper, she doesn’t know where so many visitors get the idea that there is a shortage of things in Havana. She says they have paper, soap, everything they need available in stores and she doesn’t know why people keep bringing these things. Maybe it’s different in other areas but in Havana, people are able to get what they need.

We had a great day walking in the old, historic part of Havana and we saw so much that our heads were swimming by the time we got back.

After a day of walking, we just relaxed for the evening. We got on line for a short while to check email, etc. But it wasn’t long before the slow internet stopped working entirely, probably because there were too many people using it on a Saturday night. Internet is a luxury in Cuba. You have to have all the equipment, and then you have to pay by the minute for something that is painfully slow if it works at all. It feels strange not to have our constant internet connection, but it’s not so bad to take a break. I’ve been able to post to Facebook so family knows we are fine and everything else can wait.

So, that’s what I wrote that night about our day. Here are all the photos!

Whew!! That was a crazy lot of photos!

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We live in David, Chiriqui Provence, Republic of Panama! This blog is about some of our experiences in our new country.
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27 Responses to Cuba Day 2, Old Havana

  1. oldsalt1942 says:

    Wonderful, thanks.

    I know what you mean about wondering who has trodden on the cobblestones. I remember visiting the Grimaldi Castle in Antibes, France, now the Picasso Museum. In 1608 it became a stronghold of the Grimaldi family and has borne their name ever since. As I wandered through it I was constantly aware that it had once been somebody’s HOME and as I went up and down the stone stair cases I wondered how many young children had fallen down, RIGHT THERE, skinned their knees and ran off to be comforted by momma?

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    • The Roman Forum, now THERE is someplace I thought about who also walked on those stones. And yes, your Grimaldi Castle, and who knows how many other places where people lived their lives in those same places where we can now visit.

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  2. Anonymous says:

    What a Treat! It was like traveling from my arm chair. Thanks!

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  3. Great photos, Kris. I love the pink Cadillac! I am amazed at how many tourists there are. Where did you stay? Was it near the malacon? How were the prices for food? Did you use the internet in the park? Was it free? So many questions.

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    • we stayed at an AirBnb just outside Old Havana. It was only a couple blocks from the Malacon, Consulado between Colon and Trocadero if you want to try and find it, just west of Paseo de Marti and Museo de la Revolucion. We ate out a few times, less than $20 for both of us with beer. The most expensive place we saw was less than $20/plate, very fancy looking hotel restaurant. Our hostess made us such great breakfasts though that we had leftovers for dinner and only bought lunch out. They also had internet and invited us to use it when the family logged on. They said it’s $1.50/hr but of course tourists get charged $3/hr. Internet can also be found in some parks and most hotels, but you have to buy time anywhere you go.
      The most useful tips I got from others – change your money to euros before you leave for Cuba. Ask a taxi if they will take euros to avoid standing in the huge money changing line at the airport, or try the money changing place on the upper level. That didn’t work for us but it did for others. Take a map and any info you need for walking around. Don’t expect to look up anything on line. Bring comfortable walking shoes and sunscreen.

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      • Excellent, Kris. We got an AirBnB for Havana. The nice thing is that we could pay online, reducing the amount of Euros we have to take with us. That’s the thing that I don’t like, taking a lot of cash, but it is unavoidable. We tried to book the tourist bus online for our trips to Viñales and Cienfuegos, but they were full. And we couldn’t book Airbnb’s so we are staying in Casa Paticulares. I have a map printed and I downloaded a bunch of stuff so I don’t have to use the internet to get it. This is the most unusual trip we have ever planned for and I really appreciate all your tips.

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        • I know, it’s different traveling to a place where you can’t access your money. We were told to take a lot more than we thought we would need. But you are experienced travelers and I’m sure you’ll be fine.

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  4. Joyce says:

    You know how much I have been wanting to go to Cuba….you have just revved it up a few notches!
    By the way, if you love doors, entrances and beautiful old architecture, I highly suggest Buenos Aires.

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  5. Sunni Morris says:

    I think a photographer could go crazy there taking pictures. I bet there are shots everywhere you look. Thanks for sharing with all of us.

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  6. Ha, I know what you mean about figuring out which pictures to post. It really is a photographer’s dream! You really captured Havana Vieja and it looks like you covered a lot of the same ground we did. Love this post!

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  7. These are awesome photos, Kris! Thank you, for these Cuba posts, I really enjoyed them 🙂

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  8. Great photos!! Cuba is on my bucket list (this year is Berlin)….I am surprised at the number of tourists in your pictures (although I shouldn’t be!). And the cars!!! Love the old Chevy’s… Thank you for posting!

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    • Oh yes, go to Cuba is you can. I was surprised at all the tourists too, but I can see why it’s a popular destination especially in the winter. You won’t believe how many beautiful old cars there are too!

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  9. Carole says:

    Loved all the photos, you were real busy downloading them all. Thanks for sharing them, loved all the different areas you visited. Makes me want to go to Cuba.

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  10. I think you’ve captured the spirit of Havana as it lives and breathes today. History is present in both the buildings and the people. Glad to see so much tourism, which probably did not stop but more recently has expanded to include Americans.

    I am taking your “tour” backwards” so this next post should be my last (your first) and I have much appreciated and enjoyed seeing Havana through your eyes. Blessings, alia

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    • I don’t think the tour has to be taken in any particular order. It’s all different parts of Havana. I didn’t think about it being such a huge tourist destination because it hasn’t been for us, but apparently is has been for Europeans and others for quite some time. It has to be bringing in much needed money to the economy. Some of those really nice hotels are very expensive, $200-300 a night! And, there’s food, tours, and everything else tourists buy when they visit.

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  11. Beautiful photos! Really enjoyed them! I am going to have to book my trip to cuba!

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