Cuba's flag flies in the courtyard of the Museum of the revolution. This building was once the presidential palace.
Cuba,  North America

Memories of Havana – photos from Cuba’s capital

Having recently returned from a two week holiday in Cuba, I’ve been looking through my photos at the images I managed to capture of Havana, a city full of contradictions. It’s a hard place to get your head around sometimes, and I can’t wait to share my experiences with you (so expect several Cuba related blog posts in the upcoming weeks), but to start I wanted to share with you some of my favourite photos that capture my thoughts and favourite moments from my time in this ageing time capsule, where flaking colonial buildings haven’t lost any of their original beauty.

Memories of Havana – photos from Cuba’s capital

Cuba's flag flies in the courtyard of the Museum of the revolution. This building was once the presidential palace.
Cuba’s flag flies in the courtyard of the Museum of the revolution. This building was once the presidential palace.

 

You can't talk about Havana without showing images of classic cars, but can you spot the odd one out here?
You can’t talk about Havana without showing images of classic cars, but can you spot the odd one out here?

 

Old Havana (La Habana Vieja) is a maze of side streets that are a joy to explore. Making the most of the resources they have, I loved how they turned cannons & cannon balls into street furniture!
Old Havana (La Habana Vieja) is a maze of side streets that are a joy to explore. Making the most of the resources they have, I loved how they turned cannons & cannon balls into street furniture!

 

The old and the new come together in one of Havana's main squares, Plaza Vieja. In the past this site was used for public processions, bull fights and even executions! Gruesome.
The old and the new come together in one of Havana’s main squares, Plaza Vieja. In the past this site was used for public processions, bull fights and even executions! Gruesome.

 

monks making mohitos in La Habana Vieja,
Monks making mohitos in La Habana Vieja. Just a normal day in Cuba!

 

Havana's Grand Theatre lit up at night.
Havana’s Grand Theatre lit up at night.

 

train downtown havana
In downtown Havana, on the outskirts of China town I came across an abandoned train. A local street seller appeared and padlocked his stall to the train to stop it from being stolen!

 

La Guarida
La Guarida, one of Havana’s most famous paladars is an adventure to get to. Found on the third floor of a derelict building this is the staircase that welcomes you when you walk through the front door…

 

In the middle of the city lies a secret green getaway, Havana Forest. Here locals leave gifts for the vultures to come enjoy.
In the middle of the city lies a secret green getaway, Havana Forest. Many locals come here at weekends for family picnics. They also come to leave offerings, which the vultures later come to eat up!

 

So, is this the Havana you expected or have any of these images surprised you? Do these photos make you want to visit or have you been before? I’d love to hear your thoughts, so please share in the comments below!

It was so hard to pick just a few of my favourite images of Havana, but if you enjoyed this post and would like to see more, be sure to follow Ladies what travel on Instagram, as I’m regularly sharing more photos from my time in Cuba.

 

Memories of Havana

By day Co-Editor Keri is a freelance journalist and copywriter, but spends most of her free time either travelling or planning her next trip!  A complete travel fanatic, she has a love of tropical climates, wildlife and afternoon tea (hence the creation of her Global Afternoon Tea Challenge!)

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