I have tried for several years to get to Havana as there has been work I needed to do there. But the Cuban government severely limits the number of official US government visitors each year. I first applied for a visa six years ago, but after my passport had been held at the Cuban Mission in Washington for more than 6 months I withdrew it. This past September I applied again, and with the help of a colleague in Havana, the visa was finally granted.
|US Interest Section|
Unfortunately I only had one day to see Havana's sights which I did from a double-decker tour bus. I also spent one evening having dinner and walking around in Old Havana which was the highlight of my week. Old Havana has deteriorated a lot since the Revolution but it has fabulous old buildings and homes on broad boulevards surrounded by very attractive tropical gardens. Havana is also known for the large number of vintage American cars that still drives through its streets. Most are from the 1940s and 50s with some even from the 30's. I saw Packards, Studebakers and DeSotos to name a few. Below are a few of my photos from Havana:
|Image of Che Guevara on government building|
|Cuban soldiers jogging past national cemetery|
|Old American cars in Havana|
|An old Chevy|
|The Havana Cathedral|
And here are also a couple of links on Havana's status as a UNESCO World Heritage City and on travel to Havana.
I don't plan to discuss US-Cuban relations in this post because they are well known and well documented on the Internet. Some readers may be interested in the following links: