I like to walk. I like to take photos. Combining the two into a “photo walk” couldn’t make me any happier. It’s one of my favorite ways to explore new places whenever I travel.
While in Havana, Cuba in March 2011, I explored the city on foot without my usual map and trusty Lonely Planet guidebook. I didn’t go inside museums, churches or castles. Instead I walked for hours and hours, taking photos of the baroque and neoclassic architecture and seaside landscape.
I first found inspiration while walking along The Malecon. Next, I fell in love with “La Habana Vieja” or Old Havana. This UNESCO World Heritage Site full of approximately 3000 buildings, some in the process of being restored and others falling victim to decay and neglect, is a photographer’s dream.
While many opt stay on the main streets to take in Museo Nacional De Bellas Artes Cuba, Plaza De San Francisco or El Capitolio (all of which you certainly must see), it’s sometimes fun to walk away from the popular tourist areas, “get lost” and explore residential neighborhoods.
Explore I did and there was a delightful surprise awaiting me. While wandering down a cobble stoned street, I came across this alleyway full of pretty flowers, old pastel colored buildings, an art gallery and people going about their everyday business.
If I ever return to Old Havana, I doubt that I’d be able to find this street again. An unfortunate result of getting “lost“?!
A Cheap Way to Explore a City
Just remember to be safe and stay away from bad neighbourhoods and dangerous situations.
Have you ever gotten “lost“? Did you get a great photo opportunity or have an unexpected experience? Tell me (and my readers) about it by leaving a comment below.