Che Guevera was an Argentinian Marxist revolutionary and a major figure of the Cuban Revolution. Since his death in 1967, Guevara's stylized visage has become a countercultural symbol. You see his image everywhere in Cuba.
Looking from the rooftop or our hotel, one can see the "Capitolio Nacional" with its magnificent dome. Next is the "Teatro de La Habana" which like many buildings in Havana is in a state of disrepair although not as bad as many and is still in use. The other buildings are recently updated hotels.
While in Havana, we stayed at the beautiful "Hotel Parque Central" which is across the street from Central Park in old Havana.
Rooftop pool of our hotel. As you can see, we had some threatening skies although fortunately very little rain.
Havana Central as seen from our hotel rooftop. It looks grand from a distance but once you see it up close, it is mostly in a very bad state of repair.
The new Modern Art Gallery just down the street from our hotel. One of the few completely new buildings in Old Havana.
When the old buildings have been repaired and modernized, they are grand indeed. Sadly, very few have been.
Example of an old building resorted to its original splendor.
But sadly, decay in the streets and buildings is seen almost everywhere.
Remarkably, people live in these old buildings, even if the ground floor is totally uninhabitable. Often the balconies have to be propped up to keep from collapsing.
The balcony is precariously propped up.
Some street have very little sign of any life, where others are bustling with life.
The pipes supplying water to many building have long since stopped functioning and are never fixed. Thus, for many buildings, the only water supply is via trucks which pump the water to storage tanks on the roof.
We were warned not to eat the "street food" which always was kept unrefrigerated, and often not even covered.
This is one of the very few fruit and vegetable stores we saw in all of Old Havana. We did not see anything resembling a supermarket.
Some courtyards were magnificent, mostly in modernized hotels.
A colourful mural in one of the few squares which has been repaired and modernized.
Wonderful art deco ceiling in a restored 1920's building.
Other courtyards showed the ravages of time and no repairs.