Cuba Book Fair 2013 (First Impressions)

Yesterday morning, Cuba’s 2013 International Book Fair opened its doors to the public. Although this is the twenty-second such event held here since 1959, one can argue that book fairs are a tradition in Havana. Writer Jose Lezama Lima described them in the pages of the Diario de la Marina newspaper as far back as 1949. (37 photos)

Old Havana on Valentine’s Day 2013

February 14 is a day of transformation for the city. Old Havana is taken by storm with couples and families seeking to relax in the main plazas and side streets. Although the change doesn’t affect the characteristic aspects of the area — with its book sellers, cartoonists or the stall selling oranges in Cathedral Square — this area of the city looks different on Valentine’s Day. (25 photos)