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Cuba TravelCine Yara, at the corner of L and 23rd streets, is considered the main theater for popular cinema in Havana. It opened in 1947 and hosts many film festivals and gala screenings but shows no American films. 
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Cuba TravelHavana streets are jammed with patched-up early-model American cars. Many serve as unlicensed taxicabs; patrons dicker over price and then typically ride with other passengers traveling along the same route.
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Cuba TravelA colorful mural  on a building in Havana where a collective of artists has filled a street with displays, from makeshift shrines to bathtubs embedded in concrete.
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Cuba TravelOld Havana, Cuba.
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Cuba TravelA woman in Havana solicits change from tourists by offering to pose with them while smoking an oversized cigar. 
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Cuba TravelA woman picks up a pet from an interior street in downtown Havana.
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Cuba TravelHavana streets are jammed with patched-up early-model American cars. Many serve as unlicensed taxicabs; patrons dicker over price and then typically ride with other passengers traveling along the same route. 
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Cuba TravelPedicabs, taxis and pedestrians all vie for the right of way along Havana’s congested streets.
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Cuba TravelHavana and its harbor, seen from the Habana Libre hotel, a former Hilton Fidel Castro famously used as a temporary headquarters after taking over the country in 1958. 
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Cuba TravelHavana is at once home to colorful facades and architectural blight.
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Cuba TravelProduce and meat are more available now in Havana than when the collapse of the Soviet Union in the 1992 caused grave shortages. The government gives families a “supplies booklet” that entitles them to minimums for rice, sugar, matches and oil, above their average wages of about $20 a month.
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Cuba TravelLaundry hung from upper-level balconies is  common  in Havana. Modern appliances are rare. 
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Cuba TravelA view of pedestrians through the window of one of Havana’s unlicensed taxicabs, a vintage American sedan. 
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Cuba TravelAn artist district in downtown Havana is seen through a wrought iron tunnel.
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Cuba TravelHLaundry hanging from the balconies of upper floor apartments is a common sight throughout Havana. Most Cubans do without common American appliances.
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Cuba TravelSmoked meats hang in a shop window in downtown Havana. 
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Cuba TravelParasols protect pastries on sale in the window of a downtown Havana building from flies and other insects. 
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Cuba TravelThough the government has worked recently to salvage some of its historic architecture, crumbling buildings embody a weak public infrastructure in Havana.
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Cuba TravelIn addition to the steady stream of vintage American sedans that serve as taxis, tourists to Havana can also take their chances with an open-air pedicab ride. 
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Cuba TravelShoppers cluster at an open-air market in downtown Havana. 
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Cuba TravelWorkers at a downtown open-air market in Havana.
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Cuba TravelRevolutionary slogans still adorn walls throughout Havana.
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Cuba TravelOld Havana’s central plaza, seen from the doorway of the Catedral de La Habana, which was consecrated in 1789. Tourists are allowed to walk through the interior – provided their shorts and skirts are of the required length. 
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Cuba TravelHavana residents fish along the harbor seawall known as the Malecon. In the distance is El Castillo de los Tres Reyes del Morro – the castle of the three kings of Morro – a 16th century fort at the mouth of the harbor built to ward off attacks by pirates and enemy fleets. It is now a tourist attraction.
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Cuba TravelThe Malecon, the seawall and boardwalk that runs along the harbor in Havana, is a popular place for residents to fish, gather or stroll.
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Cuba TravelHavana’s harbor as evening falls. To the right, a refinery smokestack belches a steady stream of black smoke, adding to Havana’s pollution problems. The Malecon, the boardwalk and seawall that runs the length of the harbor, is a popular social gathering spot in the evening hours. 
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