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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Cuba Travel Photo Essay - Part 2

On Sunday Part 1 of Cuba's Travel Essay was posted  

Havana, the capital city and largest city, offers a way back time machine view of 1950's vintage cars, historic architecture, museums and theaters.   

As of 2013 Cuba has 9 sites on the UNESCO World Heritage list

National Capital Building - Havana

All Cuba photo credits via Canadian Travelers Craig Searle & Carolyn Percy-Searle




Revolution Square - Havana

The Cuban revolution made the biggest impact on the future development of the islands culture.

Did you know in 1898 the U.S. helped Cuba win its independence from Spain during the Spanish-American War? After the war the U.S. gained temporary control of Cuba with the The Treaty of Paris, however in 1902 Cuba gained independence from the U.S.  



It's quite common to see Cuban women smoking big cigars 


The making of Cuban hand-crafted cigars are well known for being the finest cigars in the world.


Music can be heard throughout the streets of Havana, 
as well as other cities around the island

While you will hear a variety of music from jazz to salsa - the main musical form is called son, which is a combo of upbeat rhythms with classical guitar.


Havana Nightlife . . . 
Havana offers a variety of historic bars, jazz cafes and nightclubs


Steel sculpture of Che Guevara on the side of the Ministry of Interiors Headquarters


School in session



El Floridita" - one of the main attractions of the Cuban capital, 
and a favorite spot of American writer Ernest Hemingway. 

His novel "The Old Man and the Sea" was inspired by his fishing trips on the island, and the writer spent 20 years of his life  on the island.



The Hotel Ambos Mundos is a favorite tourist destination, and once home for seven years to Ernest Hemingway. From his room on the upper 5th floor he wrote the novel "For Whom the Bell Tolls"



National cartoon painted on primary school



Kids heading to school




Happy Travels,
Linda