Guest Post: Cheryl Howard in Havana
Hello, dear readers!
In case you didn’t catch the announcement I made on Friday’s post (click HERE to read it), I’m here to remind you that I will be on the road for the next 6 weeks (maybe more if I can’t shake the travel bug in time!) trekking through Central America.
Since I won’t be bringing my computer with me, I have called upon some of my favourite bloggers to contribute a guest post. Usually, the guest posts will appear every Thursday, but today is an exception :) I wanted to start the blog-week off with a bang instead of keeping you waiting until Thursday. The very talented Cheryl Howard of CherylHoward.com was up for the challenge and has supplied us with a pant-load of gorgeous photography.
Are you ready for a bit of Cuban flavour? I thought so ;) Here’s Cheryl:
La Habana Vieja (Old Havana) is the city’s most stunning neighbourhood. Built in Baroque and Neoclassical fashions, the area is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Sadly this city, so full of beautiful architecture, is suffering from decay and neglect. As much as the government sets out to repair historical landmarks, Cuba is a poor nation and restoration is an expensive endeavor. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for locals to be injured or killed when balconies fall off the side of buildings.
As I walked around the streets of Old Havana (making sure not to walk under any balconies), I took in the glory of various sites. I checked out El Malecon, an 8 KM roadway and seawall, fell in love with the beauty of Plaza De San Francisco, home to a 16th century basilica and monastery and laughed at how El Capitolio looks strangely similar to the American Whitehouse.
While there were castles, churches and museums to go inside and visit, I never entered one single building. I put away my guidebook and maps and walked for hours, snapping photo after photo. When I was tired, I hired a “cowboy” (he had a hat) to take me around in a horse-drawn carriage. It’s another great way to see La Habana Vieja, not to mention very romantic.
My name is Cheryl Howard – I’m a Canadian girl conquering the world one country at a time and documenting my experiences on CherylHoward.com – all about travel and food, books & movies as it relates to travel.
Thank you so much for contributing this guest post, Cheryl. Your photographs are stunning – Old Havana truly is a gem, and it sounds like you had a wonderful time wandering around and stumbling upon some gorgeous vistas.
Dear readers: Please do check out Cheryl’s blog – CherylHoward.com. Her posts are jam-packed with entertaining stories and great photographs. I know you’ll want to keep in touch with Cheryl in every way possible, so be sure to follow her on twitter, @cdngrrleh, and join her Facebook fan page: www.facebook.com/cherylhowardblog
Stay tuned on Thursday for another fabulous guest post by the ever-so-sweet and bubbly Shannon, the brains behind What’s Up Whimsy!