Leaving the hotel for Central Havana the coach headed along the length of the Malecon past the Hotel Nacional which opened in 1930 and where Winston Churchill once stayed - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
The restored memorial on the Malecon to the crew of the USS MAINE blown up in Havana Harbour in 1902.  The US government blamed Spain.  The Capitol seen during a  morning rain storm - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
Pedal tricycles and vintage automobiles in torrential rain along the Prado in October - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
Vintage 1950 American automobiles mix with modern cars and yellow coco taxis near the Capitol - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
The Morro Lighthouse viewed from the Malecon.  The Memorial to the Medical Students is nearby at the junction of the Malecon and the Prado. Six first year medical students were executed by the Spanish in 1871 after being falsely accused of desecrating the tomb of a Spanish journalist - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
The Havana Bay Tunnel was built in1957-58 by a French company and crosses the the Bay's narrow entrance which has been guarded since 1589 by the Castillo de los Tres Reyes del Morro - the Castle of the Three Morro Kings - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
The City of Havana viewed from los Tres Reyes del Morro - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
Views taken from the Hop-on Hop-off Tour Bus as it heads west along the Malecon - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
The US Embassy behind a phalanx of bare flag standards;  at one time a Cuban flag was displayed on each.  Towering flats form a backdrop to the memorial to the USS MAINE - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
All secondary schools in Cuba require pupils to wear this uniform.  Secondhand US school buses, many imported from Canada, are a common sight throughout Cuba.  This one is parked outside the Museo de la Revolución - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
Formerly the Presidential Palace and now the Museo de la Revolución in front of which stands the Soviet S100 self propelled gun used by Fidel Castro - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
A portrait of Fidel Castro hangs on the wall near the marble main stair which leads up to the Hall of Mirrors - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
In what had been the Palace Gardens, an eternal flame burns in honour of the Heroes of the Revolution - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
A Soviet SA2 surface to air missile, the type brought down this USAF U2 spy plane on 14 October 1962 - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow 
Other exhibits include a British Hawker Sea Fury used at the Playa Giron - Bay of Pigs - where Government Forces repelled an attempted invasion in January 1961 - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
The glass pavilion houses the yacht GRANMA in which Fidel Castro returned to Cuba from exile in Mexico. Visitors cannot enter the pavilion and obtaining good pictures of GRANMA is virtually impossible.  The black and white photograph is displayed on the wall of the San Francisco Monastery - now a museum - in Trinidad - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
The Havana Bus Tour operates a fleet of hop-on hop-off modern Chinese double deckers.  Alternatively you could take one of the many horse drawn carriages - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
A tricycle taxi seen outside the restored Sloppy Joe's Bar which features briefly in the film "Our Man in Havana" starring Alec Guinness and made in 1959 - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
Another way of touring the city is by vintage taxi or hired limousine - a white licence plate indicates private ownership;  government owned vehicles have licence plates bearing a blue flash - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
Three wheeled Coco taxis are also popular, but if your Spanish is good enough you could try one of the Metrobuses that operate in the city - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
Havana's impressive railway station - Estacion Centrales - opened on 30 November 1912 but is in 2015 "cerrado por obras de restauración", closed for restoration.  A two-car diesel multiple unit of the Ferrocarriles de Cuba stands forlornly at a deserted platform - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
Flats overlooking the Parque de los Agrimensores - the Surveyors' Plaza - where several steam engines have been put on display - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
The engines were used on Cuba's sugar plantations, many of which had their own sophisticated and extensive railway systems - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
More locomotives can be seen at the Almacenes San Jose across from which stands the Iglesia de San Francisco de Paula - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
 The Almacenes San Jose is a large covered market on Desamparados across from the Iglesia de San Francisco de Paula - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
There are many government owned stalls nearly all of which tend to sell much the same sort of ware - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
Some of the narrow and standard gauge steam locomotives displayed outside the Almacenes San Jose - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
Coco taxi and vintage automobile on Desamparados at San Ignacio near the Almacenes San Jose - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
Heading up Calle San Ignacio, one of the maze of narrow streets that make up Habana Vieja - Old Havana - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
Calle Merced (above) and the  Iglesia de San Francisco de Paula at the head of Calle San Ignacio (right) - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
Not all carriages are as dilapidated as this one.  Parked strategically outside the  Almacenes San Jose its two man crew were only too pleased to stand in for the Hop-on Hop-off Tour Bus which failed to arrive to take passengers to the Capitol. El Capitolio was the seat of government until the Revolution in 1959 after which it became the home to the Cuban Academy of Sciences - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
And behind the Capitol which is cerrado por obras de restauración - closed for restoration - is yet another steam locomotive!  PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
The entrance to Havana's Chinatown which was once the largest in Latin America.  The art deco Bacardi Building, once the tallest in Havana, has been restored and is used as office accommodation for Cuban and overseas organisations - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
The luxury restored Hotel Saratoga on the Prada across from the Parque de la Fraternidad - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
El Templete (left)was erected in 1829 to commemorate the establishment of the town of St Christopher of Havana in 1519.  Opposite is the Palacio des les Capitanes Generales (right) - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
Calle Tacon, or Wooden Street (left), is the only street remaining that is paved with wooden blocks.  The wooden blocks reduced the noise of the carriages passing the Palacio de los Capitanes Generales.  Bookstalls on Calle del Obispo - Bishop's Street - by the Palace of the Captain Generals (right) - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
These ladies near el Templete are state employees who, for a fee, will pose for photographs - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
Calle del Obispo leads up from Wooden Street past canons and canon balls to the Hotel Amos Mundos and the Bodeguita del Medio, once patronised by Ernest Hemingway - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
The graffiti covered Bodeguita del Medio was also frequented by Nat King Cole.  It is reputed to have originated the mojito cocktail - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
The Hotel Ambos Mundos where Hemingway stayed in the 1930s.  It has retained the atmosphere of the period - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
Room 511 has been fitted out with period furniture and Hemingway's typewriter, enclosed in a glass case, takes pride of place in the centre of the typically tiled room - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
Christ of Havana statue viewed from the rooftop bar of the Hotel Ambos Mundos - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
Feral dogs like Cortico (above) are a common site throughout Cuba, but in Havana those owned and protected by the city wear collars with IDs that protect them from being lifted by the dog wardens - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow

Havana's Cathedral of The Virgin Mary of the Immaculate Conception (right) - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
Under restoration - the house of Marquis de Arcos:  across from it a faded mural is a mirror image of the house and depicts 67 figures of Havanan and Cuban history most coinciding with the period from 1844 to 1855 - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
Carmen Montilla Gallery - one of many restored building in Calle Oficios - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
The Hostel Balcones (left) in the labyrinth of calles making up Old Havana - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
A bar in a corner of the Plaza Vieja - Old Square - decorated with old radios, photographs of times gone by and other paraphernalia - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
Next to the Camara de Representantes - the former House of Representatives - is the Mambí Railway coach which was used as the Presidential Car - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
Hasta la victoria siempre - always until victory - the inscription below Che Guevara on the Ministry of the Interior Building in Revolution Square - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
The 18 metre high statue of José Marti in front of the massive tower in the Plaza de la Revolución - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow

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