Photography of Roy Thoman

Cruising to Havana: Plaza Vieja

Our next stop was Plaza Vieja. At one time this plaza was the main square of the city. It’s surrounded by beautiful buildings centuries old. In the past they were mostly residences or apartments. Today most of them are museums, restaurants, or hotels. In the past decade or so, many of the buildings have been restored after falling into a state of disrepair. They have been painted in bright colors. Their colorful stained glass windows have been restored to their original glory. Plaza Vieja was really beautiful.

On our way there we passed through a building with a beautiful open courtyard in the center. There are a lot of these open courtyards in old town. They all have lots of plants and trees, giving you the feeling of being inside and outside. I really liked these courtyards.

Plaza Vieja also has a unique statue that seems to get a lot of attention. It’s a bronze statue of a naked woman, riding a huge rooster, holding a huge fork. The artist apparently gave no explanation of his artwork; he left it up for interpretation. There have been many interpretations. The most probable one says that the woman is a prostitute, the rooster represents the men who pay her and the fork represents the food that she puts on the table for her family with the money. It’s a most interesting statue for sure.

On our way to the next plaza we passed one of many little parks. They provide a nice green space that locals seem to enjoy. We also passed an interesting fountain. The water for the fountain ran through a trough down the middle of the street.

4 responses

  1. Wowza…beautiful images! What a great trip! Good for ;you and yours…Glad you documented everything! These images are historical..

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    June 22, 2019 at 10:33 pm

    • Thank you Dorothy! It was a really nice trip. We really liked Havana.

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      June 23, 2019 at 12:55 pm

  2. Beautiful photos.
    Trump, as of today, won’t let you go here anymore. It is a super dangerous place. It provides cutting edge medical care to all at not cost, and doesn’t have young despairing males shooting children in schools.
    Home is always safer.
    Unless of course, you’ve been to other places.

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    June 23, 2019 at 1:16 am

    • Thank you Cindy! No, we are no longer able to travel to Cuba. it’s very sad, we were looking forward to seeing more of Cuba. We don’t like it, but for us it’s just a place we can’t visit. For the Cuban people it has meant even more rationing and more hardships. Just when they were starting to see some improvements. Traveling is a real mind opener. You see the ways other countries are different, most importantly you see the similarities. Unfortunately not everyone who travels gets it.

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      June 23, 2019 at 1:32 pm

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