One of our staffers recently traveled to Cuba on a people-to-people trip and brought back some of the sights of the island nation. President Barack Obama eased some of the travel restrictions to Cuba while he was in office, and the island is still a bit of a time capsule for visitors and businesses.
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A glimpse into Cuba in 2017Hospitality and Tourism
Click the arrows to advance the slideshow. Classic American cars — many of which were taxis — shared the roads with bike taxis, buses, horse carriages, and pedestrians. (Photo/Beverly Barfield)
The Plaza de San Francisco is one of four main squares situated around Old Havana. (Photo/Beverly Barfield)
The old Commerce Market stands across the square from the basilica and monastery of San Francisco de Asis in the Plaza de San Francisco in Old Havana. (Photo/Beverly Barfield)
La Imprenta, a restaurant on the site of a former printing house in Old Havana, was a popular spot each evening. (Photo/Beverly Barfield)
The stereotype of the classic car bore itself out everywhere, in various conditions and stages of remodel. (Photo/Beverly Barfield)
Cubans take advantage of the warm climate and island breezes and hang laundry to dry. (Photo/Beverly Barfield)
Sloppy Joe's Bar, where Ernest Hemingway was said to be a regular patron, was restored several years ago after being closed for decades. (Photo/Beverly Barfield)
The architecture of many buildings in Old Havana was both colorful and intricately designed. (Photo/Beverly Barfield)
Walls all over the old city are covered in street art. (Photo/Beverly Barfield)
Much of Old Havana is under construction, as restoration efforts are underway. (Photo/Beverly Barfield)
The Malecon, a five-mile walk reminiscent of the Battery, was popular for tourists to watch the waves and see a sprawling vista of Vedado, another part of Havana. (Photo/Beverly Barfield)
Morro Castle, designed by Italian engineer Juan Bautista Antonelli, is one of the most recognizable landmarks in Havana. It was built to guard the entrance to the city. (Photo/Beverly Barfield)
Though many buildings were under renovation, others, like this one along the Malecon, were in far worse shape after being battered by the sea spray for years. (Photo/Beverly Barfield)
Statues and sculptures dotted the city. (Photo/Beverly Barfield)
With little need for ads under a communist government, billboards showed propaganda. These read "This is a town of ideas and of combat" (top) and "Embargo: The largest genocide in history."
Seven- and 8-year-old boys play soccer in the street during physical education class. (Photo/Beverly Barfield)
Special forces officers watch the street as a man sits at the door to a cellphone company on Obispo, a pedestrian-only street in Old Havana. (Photo/Beverly Barfield)
The dome in the Museo de la Revolucion, in the former presidential palace. The museum housed artifacts of Che Guevara, Fidel and Raul Castro, Camilo Cienfuegos and many others from the revolution.
The Parque Nene Traviesa (literally, naughty babies park), included one of many busts of Jose Marti, considered a national hero, and mosaic tiles by Cuban artist Jose Fuster. (Photo/Beverly Barfield)
Because parts can be hard to come by, Cubans with cars must be excellent mechanics, and often creative. "La pobreza agudiza el ingenio," similar to "Necessity is the mother of invention."