After more than an hour waiting for our luggage (longer than the flight itself), we were ready to see the country.
Advertising is not permitted in Cuba so any billboards like these we saw on the ride from the airport are government propaganda.
For an outsider, driving in Havana could be very frustrating. Street markers, this one in better shape than others, are hard to see while moving and many building have no numbers.
Rum is everywhere in Cuba, of course. At many of the paladars (private restaurants) in which we ate, they offered a drink as soon as we sat down. This, however, is a mojito sin rum.
A classic jukebox in one of the bars at Hotel Nacional in Havana.
Part of a performance space along the Malecón near the US Embassy.
My friend and travel buddy Kathy is always looking for a different angle on her pictures.
When the US Interest in Cuba added a scrolling display of news headlines to their building, the Cuban government erected these flag poles to block the view. Our challenge as photographers was to find a unique way to document the poles.
One of the more modern buildings we saw in Havana, this one still looks like it was built in the 90's.
Standing on the Malecón, the 8km sea wall near the older parts of Havana.
Of the Catedral de San Cristóbal in old Havana. Opened in 1777.
In the courtyard of a church, I was surprised to find this sculpture of a child with a game controller in her hand.
This character, working near Cathedral Square in old Havana, uses the costume and his dog to attract tourists, and tips, of course.
Interesting modern statue in Havana's Cathedral Square.
Sold by this nice man in Havana's Plaza Vieja.
Restoration in Progress
Not sure what it is or what it will become, but an example of an old buidling near Plaza Vieja being renovated.
One street in the historic area of Old Havana.
One of many petal cabs working in the streets of Havana and other Cuban cities. Notice the speaker below the seat.
Near Plaza Vieja in the Old Havana neighborhood.