Article All Star Travel Group Photography David Odaka March 27, 2017| The best way to approach Cuba is to resist understanding it and just enjoy it. The most apparent contradiction is the juxtaposition of old and new. While most of the country has not changed in 60 years, half the buildings are in disrepair and seem uninhabitable. Yet, the grandeur of pre-Revolution Cuba is visible on the exteriors. Most of Havana’s buildings date from the 1800s, and their ornate facades recall 18th century Europe. Each building was once a vibrant color and featured grand marble staircases, intricate ironwork, high ceilings and plantation shutters. When driving through town in a mint condition crimson 1951 Buick convertible, it is easy to imagine Havana in its heyday.
The best way to approach Cuba is to resist understanding it and just enjoy it.
An ideal first day in Havana begins at the seaside Fort Morro Castle and continues walking through the cobblestone streets and charming plazas of Old Havana. Stop to enjoy coffee at Café El Escorial or a mojito at 304 O’Reilly and pop into the various galleries and shops. Explore the country’s rich history at the Museum of the City of Havana, the Museum of the Revolution and Museum of Fine Arts.