MIX & MATCH—While many of the vintage cars in Cuba appear to be in original condition a greater number of them have been cannibalized for parts. For example, a cabbie revealed that his 1959 Ford Fairlane convertible had replacement parts from Cuba’s trading partners: tires made in Venezuela, brakes from the Czech Republic, and its new jerry-rigged tractor engine was made in North Korea. Pictured here outside of Sloppy Joe’s, one of Havana’s best restaurants, an icon of the cold war, where parts of the Brit spy spoof “Our Man in Havana” were filmed.
SKYLINE—Havana is 500 years old and certainly parts of this capitol city are in dire need of rehab. In this photo by San Diegan Gary Payne the Havana skyline shows the government capitol dome being repaired while one newer refurbished building can be seen on the right side. Photo was taken from the ancient Spanish fort (Castillo) across the estuary. Inside the old fort is one of the best cigar stores in Havana. We bought several and retreated back to our hotel, the National to light up in the 24-hour Winston Churchill pub with a glass of fine Caribbean port.
RATIONS—Citizens are given ration cards enabling them to purchase life’s necessities from government licensed stores such as this family run neighborhood store in Santa Clara.
RICE-A-ROADY--Because the roads belong to the people, Cuban rice farmers don’t think twice about drying their crop on highways such as this one between Santa Clara and Cienfuegos.
|Paladar San Cristobal, where the Obamas dined.|
|Traditional lunch at Il Divino Paladar on a farm on the outskirts of Havana|
|Paladar El Dorado is in Trinidad, Cuba, a World Heritage City along the southcoast of Cuba|