DixPix Photographs

     

CUBA

 
     
  HAVANA  

 

As the capital, Havana presents both the best and worst of Cuba.  It is not a place that the author spent much time, but here are a few impressions.

 

Dawn over Havana.  Nice, it hides a lot. Click to see big picture (589x373 pixels; 25 KB)
A reminder of the splendor of the Spanish occupation, not to mention of the suffocating power of the church in those bygone days.  The Catedral de la Havana was built by the Jesuits in the 18th century. Click to see big picture (546x417 pixels; 92 KB)
This Spanish fortress, dating from 1582, is another reminder of the historical priorities, as well as the power of slave labor to move giant stones.  The Spanish in Cuba didn't have to worry about native uprisings, they had killed them all. Click to see big picture (640x464 pixels; 83 KB)
This shows the absolute dilapidation of even the waterfront of Havana in the 1990's, although there are rumors that this has now been spruced up for the tourists. Click to see big picture (335x480 pixels; 45 KB)
The coast of Havana is rocky, not to mention polluted, but the local children still find places to swim. Click to see big picture (288x352 pixels; 35 KB)

Fishing from inner tubes off Havana.  Fish is actually a rare commodity away from the tourist track.  Most fishing boats have long headed for Florida, and there is the question of who owns any catch hauled in.

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