Cuba - Day 2 Continued
When we left the cemetery, we stopped at the Plaza de la Revolución. There we saw these iconic images.
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Statue of and memorial tower to José Martí.
We had a delicious lunch at Prado 115. Then, we headed back to Old Havana for a hotel inspection. We passed some interesting photo opportunities near the hotel, so I skipped the inspection.
Remains of the old City-wall of Havana – The construction of the City-wall began during the second half of the 17th century and was finished in the 18th century. Its purpose was the defense from pirate attacks. It had moats, gates, sentry boxes, and bastions. Before the triumph of the Revolution, it witnessed the political struggle against the successive governments, including the denunciations made by young student Fidel Castro against the government of Ramon Grau San Martin. (Text from nearby plague.)
SAU-100 auto-propelled cannon, 100 mm caliber, from which Commander in Chief Fidel Castro shot US vessel Houston during the mercenary invasion at Bay of Pigs in April 1961. (Text from nearby plague.)
The yacht behind the glass was used by 82 fighters (including Fidel Castro) to return to Cuba from Mexico in November 1956. This was the Cuban Revolution to overthrow President Batista. The yacht was called Granma, an affectionate name for grandmother.
Sloppy Joe’s reopened in 2013 after a 6 year restoration. This was a famous bar in the 30’s frequented by famous American tourists. Nat King Cole is one of many celebrities whose photo is on the wall.
And, the day was not over.