25.07.2016 - 28.07.2016
Cuba--a place that seems to spark the imagination. A place where everyone wants to go, even those that have already been. Havana is stunning and really one of the most beautiful and different places. I spend 3 days exploring Havana, it's fabulous place, and I love it! Havana is amazing.
The first day by walking the couple of blocks to the seaside to the street called the Malecon that runs along it. The Malecon itself is a worthwhile attraction. The walk is quite stunning. It is fun to imagine what it would have look like in its heyday. The buildings lining it are big and grand, and they must have been gorgeous. Walking around Old Havana would have to top any list of things to do in Havana! This is has it's own post, so you can read more about Old Havana. Central Havana has nothing on Havana Vieja, but it is still a great place to check out. I start by heading up one of the main roads called Prado. The middle of the road has a wide leafy walkway with many trees and seats, and you can see the top of the National Capital Building at the end. I felt like I was back in Europe except for the very different vibe, the groups of kids playing games and the decaying buildings although some were resorted along this stretch. The mix of resorted and decaying buildings make it more interesting. It's quite photogenic seeing a gorgeous resorted buildings right next to a decayed falling down mess.
Another awesome thing to do in Havana on a budget is the Revolution Museum. It is housed in the former Palacio Presidential, a rather grand place. It details the Cuban Revolution from when they first started fighting the Spanish and onto the present and what is taking place today. Outside they have the entire boat that Fidel Castro and his comrades came back to Cuba on from Mexico in 1956. This is now a shrine to the Cuban Revolution. And The National Capital Building is massive and quite awe inspiring. I still get to see a lot of beautiful rooms, huge marbled walkways and the former chambers of the Senate and Deputies. It is still worthwhile. The area around the National Capital Building was lined with buildings which were beautifully restored.
Necropolis Cristobal Colon is the most important cemetery in Cuba. It's like a mini city of granite, marble and tomb stones. It's laid out like a mini city with street signs. It is home to about a million bodies from 1868. There are many impressive tombstones.
There's something called a coco taxi here which always made me laugh. They are a little three seater thing, driver in the front and two passengers behind. They look like a hallowed out coconut with the roof sort of combing over the top. They look hilarious and I just to catch one! It was great fun.
The old car in Cuba must be one of the things Cuba is most famous for. You just need to be on the street for this one. There're quite s few picturesque old car around, although they are not everywhere. The ones that have been well resorted and taken care are just beautiful and some of them are taxis too if you want to ride in one.