Old town Havana

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Entrance to old Havana

We start the day trying to sort out the end of the holiday by trying to secure a return trip to Havana on a plane from the east end of the island. Usually this should be very easy but somehow we manage to mess everything up this morning. Like not being able to find the sales office of the airline - forgetting passport and credit card - so what should just be an easy task in the morning ends up taking a bit of time trying to find the office and then walking back and forth between the office and the casa finding the documents we keep forgetting.

But after a lot of trial and error we finally manage to get a plane ticket back to Havana - so now this is sorted and we can relax about this bit of the holiday and just plan the trip to the east before we will need to head back.

One of the major squares
Unfortunately the weather in Cuba is a bit annoying - in the morning the weather is very nice but during the afternoon there are lots of showers - so we end up hiding away for a few hours during a bit of a thunderstorm before we are finally actually ready to go out and explore the city. By now it has gotten a bit late in the day - but better late than never I guess.

We sort we had been down to old Havana exploring yesterday - but after re-examinating the map of Havana it turns out we did in fact not make it to the real old Havana yesterday. We had only made it to some of the outskirts of the old town. But even the outskirts of the old town is actually a pretty nice old colonial town so it didn’t really matter too much.

After finally making it to the old town I must admit - this part of town is more interesting than the rest of the city.

The old cobbled streets are pretty with the big squares surrounded by old buildings which in this part of the city are just more impressive than they are in the outskirts of the old town.

It’s also nice to go out and explore in streets with less traffic compared to what you may encounter in other parts of the city. After wondering for a bit it is time to find a place to have dinner - after a bit of searching we find a place which is located on a big square - it looks ok. But it turns out it is a bit of tourist trap serving overpriced food a rock bottom quality. When we went in to the place we didn’t really know where we were. Later we realized we were indeed on the old square in Havana - which is probably the most famous location in the old town. No wonder the places around this square are pure tourist trap - nothing to visit again when we go back to the city.

tj1777 says:
I think it was private restaurants - generally there was no problems getting a meal in Cuba.
Posted on: May 05, 2015
FoxyFauz says:
I have heard that Cuban cuisine is nothing to rave about probably due to the sanctions on food supply that was imposed. So these restaurants are not the state run restaurants?
Posted on: May 05, 2015
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Entrance to old Havana
Entrance to old Havana
One of the major squares
One of the major squares
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