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La Havana Cathedral, Up the bell tower

written by owen, Fri, 22nd Jul 2016 at 8:32 am

I only got to see 2 cathedrals while I was in Havana. The first time I went to this one it was closed to the public (mostly because it was Sunday). Knowing when exactly when and where things were happening was kind of a challenge for me but I just wondered around until I stumbled upon something.

As luck would have it I was on a half day tour and La Havana Cathedral was open (more blurry pics of inside later) and I glimpsed a woman taking pictures inside the bell tower and I was like WTF - I had to get up there!

I have never been in a bell tower before and since bell tours are usually off limits to regular folks and idiots who would be tempted to ring the gigantic bells I had to see about getting a closer look.

So as any tourist in a foreign country would do I poked someone in the side, slipped away from my small tour group and found my way up the bell tower, balls in hand for a unguided tour up the 4 stories of coral blocks, wooden stair cases and 8 bells. It only cost 1 CUC.

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Random Building, Cuba

written by owen, Thu, 21st Jul 2016 at 9:57 pm

They do have more interesting buildings in Havana. Compared to Jamaica. I am not sure why but according to wikipedia Havana itself is a 500 year old city the city boasts some of the most diverse styles of architecture in the world, from castles built in the late 16th century to modernist present-day high-rises.

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Calle De Los Mercaderes, Havana

written by owen, Thu, 26th May 2016 at 9:33 am

Walking around being a tourist

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Habana Libre, Cuba

written by owen, Mon, 09th May 2016 at 10:14 pm

Opened on March 22, 1958. The mural in front was by Amelia Peláez. You can see the big blue building from all around Havana.

I have come to the resolve that they just stopped building stuff in Cuba in the 60s after Castro took over but one thing is for certain they have some nice infrastructure.

The casinos and drug money really built a nice city that stood the test of time and the Cubans take very good care of their country.

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Walking around, buildings, Havana, Cuba

written by owen, Wed, 04th May 2016 at 8:59 pm

Half the buildings are unpainted. The other half are in bright colours. Everything is old apart from a few new department stores hidden about the place. I stumbled upon a Puma store in the ground floor of Habana Libre. Of course you don't go to Cuba to buy shoes and electronics - you go see Cuba. There are very few advertisements to obscure the view of the street. Everything is laid out and just fits together like the city was born big. Unlike the cities in Jamaica which kinda just spring up around main roads without any form of planning. In Cuba you have the old mixed in with the new.

There are parks and sitting areas EVERYWHERE! Its like the city was made for people to walk around and live in. There is a park or monument almost every 5 blocks. It is like the land before cars. Even though there are just enough cars in the city its not to a point where every street is clogged with cars like in Kingston Jamaica. And because I stayed in Havana for a whole week I got to see the city transition from the weekend to the busy work week without hesitation. Kids went to school, people went about their jobs.

As far as the buildings go Families live on the upper floors and small business are run on lower flours (apparently a recent occurrence) . If you get married chances are you'll have to live with your step relatives because home loans are not a thing.

I walked down a street and there was a Catholic church + monetary in the midst of the buildings right there on the road. As I said before, Havana is a city made for walking. Make sure you always bring a bottle of water with you! More pics of that later.

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Tami commented: These pops of colourful buildings are giving me life. If only Jamaica was like that and not so conventional. ... read 2 more

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