H is for Havana

In 1999, we made our only trip (so far) to South America, and stayed a few nights in Havana on the way. It’s a beautiful, if run down, city with very friendly people – for example, the guy with the lorry load of fruit who spotted us drinking tea on a balcony above, and the nice young driver of one of the classic 50s taxis we rode in. As you can see, it broke down – but we got to our destination in the end!

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26 thoughts on “H is for Havana

  1. Sukanya Ramanujan April 9, 2014 / 15:56

    wow! nice pictures

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  2. jenny@atasteoftravel April 9, 2014 / 16:05

    Havana seems to be a very popular city. I haven’t me t anyone who hasn’t enjoyed it. Love your pics!

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    • Anabel Marsh April 9, 2014 / 16:40

      Thank you! The infrastructure wasn’t very sound (the water kept going off) but that might have improved since we were there – or not, as the case may be!

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  3. Lori L MacLaughlin April 9, 2014 / 19:04

    Great photos! A cruise I went on stopped in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, but not in Cuba. Looks like an interesting place to visit.

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    • Anabel Marsh April 9, 2014 / 20:00

      It was very interesting – would love to go back some day. I might skip the pink taxi next time though!

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  4. Travelling Book Junkie April 9, 2014 / 19:51

    This brings back memories. We went to Cuba for our honeymoon ten years ago and loved every minute including our trip to Havana. We had a wonderful evening at club tropicana 🙂

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  5. Birgit April 9, 2014 / 19:54

    I would love to see havana. I love it that times stopped by late 50’s and that style of decay of the homes I love it. Alot of places don’t take life as seriously as we do and we could learn from that-smell the roses…and you are doign that!!! Great for you-I love it

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    • Anabel Marsh April 9, 2014 / 20:02

      Thank you! 50s doesn’t always work though, hence the broken down taxi. But it adds to life’s little adventures!

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  6. Calli April 9, 2014 / 20:00

    Oh I want to go to Cuba so badly! Especially before it changes – run down and 50s taxis sound perfect 🙂

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  7. cvail April 9, 2014 / 20:14

    Anabel, I have not been to Havana, but certainly would love to go!

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  8. TuiSnider April 9, 2014 / 20:35

    Sounds like you had a good time there. As an American, I don’t think it’s that easy for me to visit Havana, alas. Anyway, I’m always up for some good armchair travel, and your photo essay here did not disappoint! 😀

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    • Anabel Marsh April 9, 2014 / 20:44

      I guess not. We have no restrictions from the UK. Glad you liked the photos anyway, enjoy it second-hand! Thanks for commenting.

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  9. Eli April 10, 2014 / 03:56

    Oh wow. Thanks for taking me back there! I have visited Havana and always wanted to go back. We also traveled around a bit. A very fascinating country..Something completely different.

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    • Anabel Marsh April 10, 2014 / 07:35

      We only went to Havana because it was a stop over on a larger tour, but I’d love to see more of Cuba.

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  10. Sarah April 10, 2014 / 04:24

    Wow, what a mountain of oranges! I love the photo of the man throwing one. Beautiful old buildings!

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    • Anabel Marsh April 10, 2014 / 07:36

      Thank you – we did end up with a table full of oranges!

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  11. Anne Mackle April 10, 2014 / 11:42

    I love the photo of the guy throwing an orange it’s those kind of things that make a holiday.

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    • Anabel Marsh April 10, 2014 / 13:04

      It was a very lucky shot! And we made some lucky catches too.

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  12. hilarymb February 20, 2016 / 10:18

    Hi Anabel – lots of people are going to Havanna now .. back then you must have had a special time as it was so unusual … and then those experiences .. cheers Hilary

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    • Anabel Marsh February 20, 2016 / 10:30

      Yes, I wish we could have spent longer there. It was just a couple of nights either side of the main trip.

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