Reflection On A Walking Tour Of Havana

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As I wandered through the streets of Havana, I was reminded of Hippocrates’ quote, “Life is short, the art long, opportunity fleeting, judgement difficult.
The Art Long.
Wandering the streets of Old Havana is like walking into a living museum. The art is manifested in many different ways. I joined a walking tour that started at the San Francisco de Assis plaza with the old basilica and monastery. While the colonial maybe the main centerpiece, the plaza was surrounded by other colorful buildings dressed in intricate details
Our walking tour was interrupted by a visit to Teatro Retazos to watch some dance performances. Teatro Retazo is home to one of city’s most avant-garde dance troupes. It included an art exhibit – paintings of local
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There are two famous venues for Cabaret show in Havana – the Tropicana and Parisienne. I opted for the Parisienne Cabaret at Hotel Nacional de Cuba because I wanted to see the beautiful hotel, another symbol of history and Cuban culture. The show featured lots of performers in very colorful costumes, lots of singing and dancing. Overall it was fine, but for me it was like the old vintage cars, another relic that belongs to a living museum that’s Havana.
Our walking tour continued the following morning, passing yet another plaza to admire how the morning light highlight the colonial church (name of the church). We visited a community art (what place) and bought some artwork as souvenirs as if it was our last chance to take a piece of souvenir.
I also had the chance to ride a vintage pink Chevrolet. My private taxi driver took me on another historical tour, passing (what building) and other historical sights, and along the Malecon and the view from that side of the bay was great. My driver spoke very good English and learned something about something that I never thought of at that point – about the Cubanos. He said that much of the people of Cuba come from a diverse
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