Thursday, August 6, 2009
Downtown Habana is quite spectacular with an array of beautiful old buildings, lots of public squares, boulevards, parks, gardens, theatres, museums and public buildings. The capitolio bld is the former parliament house used until the time of the revolution. It is similar in architecture and design to the capital bld in Washington. Today it is used for public meetings and as a museum. You can sit in the president's chair, as Fynn did, and roam around the spectacular foyer and the old Senate and Rep's chambers. The old parliamentary library has been turned into a free public library.
After losing our camera somewhere in Habana we went hunting for a new one and checked out lots of camera processing shops and Cuban versions of department stores. Eventually whilst in a film processing store asking if they knew where we could buy a camera a shady lookn bloke with a large black bag full of 'second hand' cameras waved us outside and we did a deal. This is the first photo we took with our new camera - the bloke who sold it to us was reluctant to be in the shot.. We did wonder if our camera was in the bottom of his bag.