With the recent passing of Castro and Cuba opening relations with the US, Havana’s landscape will inevitably change at a rapid pace. It is a destination that has long been on my shortlist which I have not yet crossed off. I can sense the clock ticking promising myself to visit Cuba before the first Starbucks or Avis open shop. This coffee table book called “Havana” by German photographer Bernhard Hartmann may well entice you to make that trip sooner rather than later. He has captured the beauty of Havana in its current time untouched state, before it inevitably changes. Taking the viewer through the streets, cafes, boxing clubs as well as behind the walls of mansions with the charming wear and cracks of time that so well define the city. While we cannot stop change this book captures the present beauty and former glory. Buy
Did you know: Havana was briefly British when it was captured back in June 1762. It was held for less than year in exchange for Spanish territory now known as Florida.