Photo feature by Ernesto Gonzalez Diaz

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HAVANA TIMES — Havana has seen an explosion in tourism over the past year. Many of us who live in the city do not recall having seen as many tourists on the street, in parks, squares and avenues as we do today. Coming from all corners of the globe, no doubts thanks to the winds of change blowing from Washington, countless tourists have arrived over recent months to get to know Cuba’s reality up close.

For this reason, I set out to capture some of the more photogenic and touristy squares and parks in Old Havana, doubtless one of the highlights of the Cuban capital.

The Plaza Vieja, with its exhibition of Mexican dogs, its fountain and well-known beer house, the Alameda de Paula, on the port avenue, with its floating dock, Plaza de Armas, with its old book stands, the San Francisco de Asis square, also known as “Pigeon Square,” Parque Central, Cathedral Square and others are places that make up one of the most beautiful and well-preserved areas of town.

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24 thoughts on “Parks and Squares in Old Havana

  • March 16, 2016 at 7:54 pm
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    Hahaha prof of economics? Hahaha. No. No we don’t believe it! Jajahaha

  • March 16, 2016 at 8:00 am
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    OK, now you are just being silly. You said that you are an economist? I doubt that. Your comments cast doubt on your even having a college degree. $200 trillion? Why lie to make your point? All Cuba lacks is international trade? What does Cuba have to trade? What’s stopping them from trading with China, Russia, Venezuela, Japan, South Africa, India and the other 180-odd countries now? Your anti-US panties are showing.

  • March 16, 2016 at 7:24 am
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    CUBA IS A BUG?
    Yes –I agree but you are forgetting that some bugs don’t just scratch BUT KILL.

  • March 16, 2016 at 7:18 am
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    THE USA has been bankrupt since the 60’s–they could not exist without the large deposits and bond purchases == first by the Arabs, than by Japan, than by China.
    But one can always start another war to generate some more business, snatch resources and distract the patriotic American citizens from the inner American problems /disasters.
    No doubt your choice for President will be Donald Trump- so the US has some continuity in its ‘imperialistic’ and racial policies.
    C.F.Mattner, Prof.Dr.hc economics

  • March 15, 2016 at 10:01 pm
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    I have no doubt that contingency plans have been made. That’s just prudent military planning. As to the success of an invasion were it to take place, the only question is whether it would take 3 or 4 days tops. Saddam Hussein said pretty much what you said. How did it work out for him? Like it or not, the US has the strongest and most advanced military in the history of the planet. Cuba is a bug.

  • March 15, 2016 at 12:07 pm
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    Ancient history. The cold war is over and Capitalism won. The Eastern block communists are now just part of the trash heap of history. No one is interested in “invading” Cuba. It’s just another country in the Caribbean. However, despite of your pithy little statement, were the US to actually invade Cuba there would be very little that Cuba could do to stop it. But at least you are correct in there there will be no invasion of Cuba….why would there when we could just buy it. In fact I can already imagine the first McDonalds on the Malecon. Just kidding. ….or not. 😉

  • March 15, 2016 at 10:58 am
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    If you are a professor of economics then I’m Queen Elizabeth!!

    The US has the largest economy in world. In 2014 it’s total economic output was somewhere in the region of $18 trillion dollars. Those are some crazy big numbers! …And you’re telling me that the cost of the embargo for tiny Cuba is $200 trillion dollars!!!??? Jejejeje.

  • March 15, 2016 at 10:00 am
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    YES INVADE–I have in my possession a copy of instructions –from chairman joint chiefs of staff–Lemnitzer
    to prepare plans for the cuban invasion–and other dirty schemes/ i.e. aircraft incidents ect.
    If you give me an email address where I can send scanned material I will send it. These instructions still stand to date and have NOT been recinded .
    I promise you however that there will be NO SUCCESSFUL invasion of Cuba–EVER!

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