Havana’s Malecón

Havana's Malecón

Havana’s Malecón

Post of the Day: Adding a bit of light to the darkness as we get through the pandemic together.
This series features travel photos from my archives, shared with you while staying at home.

July 3rd, 2020

Today we’re in Havana strolling along the malecón ~ the wide boulevard separating the city from the ocean. The malecón stretches for five miles in a graceful arc along the north edge of Havana. It’s a wonderful walk to see the character of the city, which hasn’t changed that much in the past 95 years – even the streetlights are the same circular design. But Havana feels stuck in the middle between an opulent past – visible in the architecture and thought of this beautiful promenade – and the promise of the future in how cosmopolitan this oceanfront walk could be in the context of the world.

Havana's Malecón

Havana’s Malecón

Havana's Malecón

Havana’s Malecón

At the east end of the malecón we find Castillo San Salvador de la Punta, a fortress built to protect Havana, completed in the early 1600s.

Castillo de San Salvador de la Punta

Castillo de San Salvador de la Punta

Castillo de San Salvador de la Punta

Castillo de San Salvador de la Punta

Castillo de San Salvador de la Punta

Castillo de San Salvador de la Punta

Looking south while walking the malecón, we see views into old Havana with its street art and elegant decay.

Art along the Malecón

Art along the Malecón

Into the city streets from the Malecón

Into the city streets from the Malecón

Tomorrow I’ll repost my story from 2016 about first impressions and the spirit of this city suspended in time.

Until then,
Kelly

Sculpture along the Malecón

Sculpture along the Malecón

Havana's Malecón

Havana’s Malecón

Havana's Malecón

Havana’s Malecón

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