My absolute favorite architecture in Havana.
My absolute favorite architecture in Havana.

A proper blogger would provide commentary on each of the photos posted. She would tell you the names of the buildings, give some history, and discuss the interesting juxtapositions of buildings, cars, and people. Since I’m (not yet) a digital nomad, I have other duties which require my attention. You know, stuff like a job to finance my travels, a home which needs constant attention, and a family who thinks I’m goofing off when they see me at the computer for hours at a time. (Hey, it takes a very long time to curate 2.800 photos.)

Because cars are what everyone asks about when I mention my trip to Cuba, I’ll start with a few of my favorites. I’ve included both the beautifully maintained classic cars and the “ugly cars” that get the job done. Also included are various other forms of transportation that are popular in Cuba.

A random parking lot shot.
A random parking lot shot.

This is some serious detailing!!!

Purple beauty
Purple beauty
Punchbag blue!
Punchbag blue!

I read somewhere that queuing is a way of life in Cuba. I believe it. Here, we have people waiting for buses and other rides.

People waiting for rides while a classic car drives by.
People waiting for rides while a classic car drives by.

The interesting thing about cars like the one below is that behind the wheel of a car stripped down to an engine, some tires, and a steering wheel would be a fashionable driver texting on an iPhone. Having a car is a luxury.

A very typical sight. I am seriously impressed with how Cubans keep these cars running.
A very typical sight. I am seriously impressed with how Cubans keep these cars running.

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I was not expecting to see so many horses.
I was not expecting to see so many horses.

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Off the beaten path....
Off the beaten path….

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Convenient rides
Convenient rides
Pretty in pink (so cliche, but I couldn't resist)
Pretty in pink (so cliche, but I couldn’t resist)

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So many of these cars... After a few days, you start to take them for granted.
So many of these cars… After a few days, you start to take them for granted.

My all-time favorite car…..

A Cuban Classic in every way.
A Cuban Classic in every way.

Just a small sample of the beautiful and/or not-so-beautiful buildings of Havana:

St. Francis Square at Night
St. Francis Square at Night
St Francis of Assisi Cathedral
St Francis of Assisi Cathedral
A neighborhood outside of the touristy area
A neighborhood outside of the touristy area
Everywhere you look....laundry
Everywhere you look….laundry. I found these images to be beautiful in a suburban American not-in-my-backyard sort of way
Inside a cathedral
Inside a cathedral

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A view of the Capital
A view of the Capital

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A neighborhood in Old Havana
A neighborhood in Old Havana
Sights during our walking tour
Sights during our walking tour

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Cathedral entry
Cathedral entry

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So many buildings under repair
So many buildings under construction
A view inside the ruins of a once beautiful mansion
A view inside the ruins of a once beautiful mansion
Housing in one of the squares
Housing in one of the squares

DSCN3943 DSCN3936 DSCN3932Next up: Part 2B: food and art to be posted by the end of the first week of August. For the restaurant reviews I have done so far: http://www.tripadvisor.com/members-citypage/thesoulartist/g147271

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