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Here are the photos of my trips and an explanation under each photo.

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Historic Restoration
Historic Habana Vieja (Old Havana) is undergoing a marvelous restoration as can be seen here at Panaderia San José (San José Bakery) on Calle Obispo. Calle Obispo is a bustling thoroughfare linking Plaza Armas with Parque Central. Every visitor to Havana should walk its length, one of the most bohemian sections of Havana.

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Habana Vieja
The belltower of the Catedral de la Virgen Maria de la Concepcion Inmaculada as seen through the arche of the Casa de Lombillo (circa 1741) in Habana Vieja (Old Havana). Started by the Jesuits in 1748 and completed in 1777, the cathedral's baroque facade dominates this popular square in Havana Vieja

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Capitolio
This fabulous Havana building, one block south of Parque Central, dominates Havana's skyline. It was built between 1926 and 1929 as Cuba's Chamber of Representatives and Senate and was obsequiously designed after Washington's own Congress building, reflecting the United States' expanding influence in the early 1900s. The lofty cupola rises 61.75 meters and is topped by a replica of 16th-century Florentine sculptor Giambologna's famous bronze Mercury in the Palazzo de Bargello. The pristine recently restored building is constructed of local Capellania limestone. The row of antique cars parked in front is always a common sight and adds a unique sense of deja vue to the scene.

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Artisan Market
Havana's Artisan Market, located in Parque Céspedes between Avenida Del Puerto and Tacón, offers visitors a chance to purchase many different types of handicrafts. The harbourfront market is a chance for local Cubanos to convert their talents into hard currency as all prices are in U.S. dollars. No trip to Habana Vieja is complete without wandering the park and looking at the talent of the local artisans.