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Old Posted Jun 20, 2018, 12:13 PM
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hkskyline's 2018 in Havana, Cuba

I came looking for crumbling historic buildings and the Cuban resilience to the US embargo. But the Cuba I saw had plenty of tourists, spruced up buildings, and a party atmosphere. People were having a great time under the blue skies.

Havana flourished as the largest natural port in the Caribbean. It helped bridge between Spain and the New World's trade routes, with the Spanish fleet stopping here amassing their numbers before heading back to Europe. Its recent history is quite muted, suffering from the embargo and trying to rely on other friends for tourism dollars. Many Canadians and Europeans were in town, taking advantage of cheap package holidays for a winter escape.





































































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You didn't catch the most thing that uniques Havana ... the cars
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Nice pictures! I'm glad to see that there's some buildings that are being renovated.
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Several beautiful pharmacies dot the streets, with 2 on Obispo, the city's main shopping street. Drogueria Johnson was founded in 1886 and moved to the present location on Obispo in 1914. What we see today is a restoration after a devastating fire in 2006.







Not that far away is the next beautiful pharmacy in traditional decor. Farmacia Taquechel was founded in 1898 and was restored in 1996.







Museo de la Farmacia Habanera occupies the old Farmacia La Reunion, which was founded in 1853 but closed when the revolution came.

















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Plaza de la Revolucion was designed in the 1920s to impress, just like Paris' Place de l'Etoile, with avenues radiating out from here. Unfortunately, the grandeur is tarnished by the ugly 1950's style government buildings around it.







The Memorial a Jose Marti is the city's tallest structure. Standing at 138.5m tall, you first need to find an entrance to the ramp up, pay your way, then pay again for the observation deck elevator. Admission prices are very affordable, and it is definitely worth paying your way up for the view.





No need to climb a long flight of stairs, and the observation deck has some air conditioning. Looking east, the city actually is not that high-rise or dense.





The historic centre is to the northeast. You can make out Capitolio to the left.



To the north, the beautiful blue ocean awaits.









More residential areas followed from the other windows.







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