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Along the Prado

Perhaps Havana’s most beloved streets is Paseo de Martí or simply known as the Prado, a beautiful, long promenade that divides Old Havana from Central Havana and is the place to see and be seen. Back in the days of Cuba’s glory before the revolution, the Prado was the place for Havana’s wealthy elite to take a stroll, have a cup of coffee or relax along this long tree-lined promenade.

Today, the Prado still continues to have her charm and is the place where the young enjoy skating, biking, hanging out or playing music. There are also lots of beautiful buildings and hotels around the Prado where you can sit out on a verandah and watch the world go by.

On a hot, sunny Saturday afternoon I took a walk down the Prado to take some photos. Here is what I found.

Paseo del Prado, Havana Cuba

Paseo del Prado, Havana Cuba

Beautiful marble benches and wrought-iron street lights line the promenade making it a lovely place to stroll.

Paseo del Prado, Havana Cuba

There is glorious architecture lining the Prado as well but sadly a lot of it is in various states of deterioration. Restoration has not fully hit this part of town like it has in Old Havana. But beautiful buildings still remain and are quite grand.

I enjoyed watching the street life and of course capturing the old cars streaming down the street. Saturday also meant wedding day and I saw lots of old convertibles cruising down the Prado with ecstatic newlyweds.

Paseo del Prado, Havana Cuba

Paseo del Prado, Havana Cuba

Paseo del Prado, Havana CubaPaseo del Prado, Havana CubaPaseo del Prado, Havana Cuba

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Paseo del Prado, Havana Cuba

Paseo del Prado, Havana Cuba

Paseo del Prado, Havana Cuba

Paseo del Prado, Havana Cuba

Paseo del Prado, Havana Cuba

It was fun to see all the families outside enjoying the afternoon together. There was music playing everywhere and I enjoyed the playful rhythm of the salsa and son.

Paseo del Prado, Havana Cuba

Paseo del Prado, Havana Cuba

Paseo del Prado, Havana Cuba

Paseo del Prado, Havana Cuba

Paseo del Prado, Havana Cuba

Paseo del Prado, Havana Cuba

They guys enjoyed playing for me, of course for a small tip.

As the afternoon passed by, the Prado became more alive with people, music and energy. Despite the challenges of living in a Communist state, Cubans have a way of enjoying life with passion and grace.

Paseo del Prado, Havana Cuba

Paseo del Prado, Havana Cuba

Paseo del Prado, Havana Cuba

I couldn’t help myself from taking lots of photos of the Prado. I found it a magical place.

Paseo del Prado, Havana Cuba

Paseo del Prado, Havana Cuba

Paseo del Prado, Havana Cuba

Paseo del Prado, Havana Cuba

Paseo del Prado, Havana Cuba

Paseo del Prado, Havana Cuba

Paseo del Prado, Havana Cuba

Paseo del Prado, Havana Cuba

Paseo del Prado, Havana Cuba

Paseo del Prado, Havana Cuba

Paseo del Prado, Havana Cuba

Paseo del Prado, Havana Cuba

Paseo del Prado, Havana Cuba

As I continued along further away from the Sea, the Prado was lined with fancy tourist hotels with outdoor cafes and bars. Oh how I wish I would have had time to stop and have a mojito on the verandah. But unfortunately my schedule was booked.

Paseo del Prado, Havana Cuba

Paseo del Prado, Havana Cuba

Paseo del Prado, Havana Cuba

Paseo del Prado, Havana Cuba

Paseo del Prado, Havana Cuba

Paseo del Prado, Havana Cuba

Paseo del Prado, Havana Cuba

Paseo del Prado, Havana Cuba

After an hour, it was time to hail a cab and head back to the hotel. We had more meetings scheduled for the afternoon on our “people to people” tour. Next stop would be a visit to a children’s dance theater. Then we would enjoy one last meal in Havana before heading south the next morning to the lovely UNESCO World Heritage town of Trinidad.

Paseo del Prado, Havana Cuba

Paseo del Prado, Havana Cuba

Stay tuned….Next posts will head south to visit Trinidad, Cienfuegos and the Bay of Pigs. I will then come back for a few final posts on Havana. 

29 comments

  1. The marble benches look beautiful. I imagien you sitting there capturing these wonderful images for us. But no time for a mojito? 🙁

    • Thanks Sue! Yes unfortunately being on a stick tour I had to follow all the rules and only had small blocks of free time! I used every bit of it doing like photo walks like this. But no worries as I had more than my share of mojitos!

  2. I try to imagine a day when enough money is coming in to Cuba to help the people earn a viable wage and restore some of these buildings to their former glory…what a sight that would be. I love those marble benches.

    • Yes so true Jo. I wonder what the future will be and if Cuba will open up. If tourism money got in there even more than now I bet it would help. It would change it too but hopefully for the better.

  3. Nicole, what fascinates through your street photography is the past in the present. There is so much to be said about the cars vs. clothes (1950s vs. 2000s). It speaks volumes about their culture and economy. Then there is the historical architecture vs, the neglected buildings and homes. But as you’ve pointed out, the people impress with their philosophy of life. Oh, an there fabulous music.

  4. I keep thinking we had to be in Cuba at the same or close to the same time. What group did you travel with? I’m enjoying seeing through your eyes.

  5. Amy

    These old buildings are so glorious… Really enjoy the tour. Thank you for these beautiful images, Nicole!

  6. Love the wedding car! Why didn’t I do it in that style 🙂 And that wonderful old building with the girl and child on the balcony, next to the falling apart one. All of life, Nicole! 🙂 Have a happy weekend!

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