Post card from Cuba: part 1

Havana, Cuba: the classic car tour edit.

havana cuba photographed by max delaney

This half term we took a quick flit to Havana in Cuba. It had been on our hit list for a while as one of those unspoilt kinds of places to experience. Then as soon as we’d spotted President Obama had popped over there to assuage old grievances we realised if we didn’t head there soon the tourist industry would be clogged with eager folk from across the pond heading down there for a little R&R.

havana cuba photographed by max delaney

Apparently, the usual plan of attack for a vacation to Cuba is to do a few days in Havana and then hot foot it to the coastline for the beaches. We were more interested in simply soaking up the city atmosphere, so we opted for a four-night stay in the Hotel Nacional de Cuba – a massive iconic building adjacent to the ocean and the famous Malecon where classic cars fly by carrying locals and tourists alike around the busy neighbourhoods.

havana cuba

On our first day, we took a 3-hour tour in one of those classic convertible cars and got a brilliant overview of the different sections of the city. Slightly akin to the hop on/hop off tour buses which most touristy destinations offer as a given, but with a little more gasoline infused fumey fun involved as your trusty steed coughs and splutters it’s way through the traffic.

havana cuba photographed by max delaney

It doesn’t take long to get classic car envy… after a morning spinning around with our guide Lazzaro in our twinkly blue one, we spotted a pile more to drool over parked up outside various posh hotels.

havana cuba photographed by max delaney

havana cuba photographed by max delaney

havana cuba photographed by max delaney

havana cuba photographed by max delaney

havana cuba photographed by fashion blogger and stylist sara delaney

Millie wears Levi cut-offs, Equipment silk blouse, Dior sunnies and Sophie Anderson bag (similar here)

havana cuba photographed by max delaney

The thing that struck me most about cruising around the busy streets was just how incredibly beautiful all this faded elegance was. Candy coloured tenements stood side by side with crumbling facades of buildings which people still inhabit or have switched up into funky bars and restaurants to welcome the tourists.

havana cuba photographed by max delaney

havana cuba photographed by max delaney

havana cuba photographed by max delaney

havana cuba photographed by max delaney

havana cuba photographed by max delaney

havana cuba photographed by max delaney

We headed out of town to check out the Fuster arts neighbourhood, where the artist has decorated his own home and vast swathes of the neighbourhood with his Gaudi style ceramic creations.

havana cuba photographed by max delaney

havana cuba photographed by max delaney

Saving this one for a possible Valentine Instagram post… obvs!

havana cuba photographed by max delaney

havana cuba photographed by max delaney

From there it was back to the hubbub of the city…

havana cuba photographed by max delaney

havana cuba photographed by max delaney

havana cuba photographed by max delaney

havana cuba photographed by max delaney

havana cuba photographed by max delaney

Before heading to our base and a refreshing Mojito or two. hotel nacional de cuba photographed by fashion stylist and blogger sara delaney

havana cuba photographed by max delaneyWatch by Daisy Dixon available at H.Samuel.

For more Cuba pics head on over to my Instagram @notesbyastylist. We did most of our research on where to stay and what to do via Trip Advisor which is always a great place to start when planning a trip.

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