Out and about in Habana Vieja

Out and about in Habana Vieja

I thought I was done with my Havana portfolio, but I'm not - at least not yet. I had planned, this morning, to pull up a final set of images of the Malecon for processing, but decided to go through the complete file, just in case - and came up with these photos instead, which [...]

Habana Vieja: street scenes

Habana Vieja: street scenes

There is more to Havana than just Habana Vieja: and there are a lot more images to process and - geez, if I were more pretentious than I like to think I am - 'curate.' But before I move on - to art deco suburban architecture, 50s cars and cinemas, the melancholy drama of the [...]

Habana Vieja: looking in

Habana Vieja: looking in

You visit Havana, you don't want to be just a nosy outsider, a tactless tourist, a peeping voyeur - and yet, the place is so different, both in the world that you see before you and in the things you can't see, but know or imagine are there, that your senses stand on tiptoe to [...]

Habana Vieja: two murals

Habana Vieja: two murals

Cuba's history, of course - by which I mean only its modern history, which we can date back to the first Spanish warships, sailing off the island in the late 1400s - long predates the Revolution. As Richard Gott explains, in his dry but absorbing Cuba, A New History (published in 2004) there has always been [...]

Dateline Havana: Hotel Inglaterra

Dateline Havana: Hotel Inglaterra

You stand in the grand lobby - gilded, ornate - waiting for the lift-doors to open. Off to your right, behind the wrought-iron grille, a pair of well-heeled diners sip at their coffee, eyeing the menu, while an unctuous waiter in starched shirt glides by. At any moment the lift will arrive and Bogart will step out, a laughing [...]