Tuesday, April 26, 2016

#atozchallenge: V is for Cuidad Vieja

Here's to a great AtoZ!

Join in the 

This year I traveled to Cuba. You know, it's that little island that's spitting distance from Florida and should not be visited without special dispensation. I wanted to see it before MacDonald's arrived. I'm so glad I did. I learned a lot and I met some wonderful people. It seems they like us. Now there's a change!

I'll add a short T/F quiz to each post the same as I did last year about Burma, 
and I'll post the answers to the questions the following day. 

Answers to your T/F Quiz for U

TRUE 1. Having a military base on Guantanamo gave the U.S. a strategic                        location during the Cold War. Russia was a huge threat and very cozy                with Castro.

TRUE  2. Only 485 miles of water stand between Florida and Guantanamo.

V is for Cuidad Vieja

One of the most charming parts of Havana is Ciudad Vieja (Old City of Havana). The streets are mostly cobblestone, and one that runs in front of the old governor's house is wood. He didn't like the noise of wheels going over stone. Today most of the streets are reserved for pedestrians, so you can meander without fear of being run down by a bus or car. You do have to watch out at cross-streets because those are heavily trafficked. 

Colorful Cuban Women In Cuidad Vieja
The Wooden Street with Vendors

A Courtyard in Cuidad Vieja

Your T/F Quiz for V

1. The Old Havana, Cuidad Vieja, was founded in the early 1900s.
2. Some of Old Havana is still owned by private individuals, but the state own         most of it.

Answers tomorrow.


  1. Hi Lee - interesting about the Cuidad Vieja - it must have been lovely being there .. wonderful old wood road ... that's extraordinary. I'd say #1 is false, while #2 is true ... the site itself is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, so private individuals will need to adhere to those parameters ...

    Lovely -thanks .. cheers Hilary

  2. Wood streets. I bet those have to be fixed and replaced often.

  3. It will be interesting to see how much of Cuba's historical sites can be preserved now that more tourists will be headed their way. Wooden roads? Now that's something you don't see these days.

  4. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. A cobblewood street! Amazing. #1 has got to be false as I strongly believe Spaniards had something to do with Old Havana which makes it pretty old. #2 I'm not sure, I suppose some of the buildings could still be privately owned... so I'm passing.

  5. Beautiful pictures and good fro you for going before the island changes radically.

  6. Great photos - the old quarters in any city are almost without exception the most interesting areas to explore. I'd love to explore this one!

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  7. I would love to walk there because city centres closed off the traffic is often so pretty. I would think the square was founded long before the early 1900's so false to the first and false to the 2nd although that is a guess but it is communism which often means the person can't own their own..it belongs to the people...what a joke eh?

  8. Beautiful pictures. I love cobblestone roads. Although, not to drive on them. LOL

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  9. Wood streets wouldn't last long I suspect. False to both I'd say.

  10. What awesome photo's, most unusal to have wood streets.
    Wonderful post Lee.

  11. Well, here we go again. I will say number one is False. Old Havana was founded before then. For number 2 I would also say False. I think the Government is in control of all of old Havana.
    By the way, you've given me an appetite to see Cuba. My Pseudonym for writing and for concerts is Pat Garcia. The Garcia is my first husband's last name. He was half Cuban.

    Visiting from the A to Z Blog Challenge.

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  12. Oh my, those photos are just lovely. I love the costumes the women are wearing in the first one!!

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  13. Beautiful area! Wooden streets must be hard to maintain. For the quiz I think # 1 is false and # 2 is true.

  14. I can't image walking on wooden streets. Especially love the photo of the courtyard.

  15. The governor got the cobblestones replaced with wood? Amazing. I love quirky facts like that. Superb photos :)

  16. Lovely cobbled streets. I do love cobbled streets, as long as I'm not wearing heels :)

  17. I'm glad JFK had the gonads of steel to stand up to the Russians. And why wouldn't he. Incredible there were those who didn;t want to make that stand.

  18. Some great photos. I'm sure it was a great trip.

  19. Like Alex said: I bet those wooden streets have to be repaired often! I wish I could have joined in with this trip!

  20. Very interesting! I don't think I've ever seen a wooden road before.

  21. Beautiful photos! I like the colorful outfits. I can't imagine a wooden road in the modern day. I wonder how often they've had to replace it?

  22. I love seeing old parts of cities because they have so much history! Love these photos. What a courtyard!

  23. This is so cool, and I love your pictures!! :D Also, that bit about the streets is really interesting, that the actual streets are generally reserved for people.
    Hearing about other countries is so neat! :D


  24. Hey Lee,

    Yep, I finally arrive at your site! Oh, I notice you've been doing that alphabet thing! I also note that, what with you now being on the letter "V", that the alphabet thing shall soon conclude!

    I think I'd like to got to Cuba after sort of reading your post. Very interesting and here's a cigar.

    Of course, nothing else has changed, I'm still your starstuckest fan.


  25. What a lovely place! I feel as though I've been traveling too. Thanks for sharing! :)

  26. Pretty and quaint are words that come to mind when I think of Cuba. You've done a great job with showcasing the places you've visited.

  27. Interesting fact! I love the photos too, especially that last one. Very beautiful.


  28. Looks beautiful. However, a wooden road sounds a little impractical - doesn't it rot?
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  29. Lovely photographs. I always want to see the "old" parts of cities. The historical buildings and streets say so much about past times.

  30. So is the wooden street in constant repair? Doesn't seem all that practical But being the governor, money probably wasn't an issue. Interestkng.

  31. Those colors and that courtyard is lovely!
    Sorry, I'm catching up again! :)


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