On Day Four we visited the Castillo del Morro de la Rocca across the channel into the Havana inner harbor. We took a small ferry over, walked up to the Christ statue and then through the military reservation. The outdoor Museo de Fortificaciones y Armas displayed historic military vehicles and some very big guns. The signs gave a history of the American Russian Cuban conflict. The Castillo itself guards the channel entrance (with the Castillo de San Salvador across the way. It's an enormous fort designed by Giovanni Battista Antonelli, one of a family of brilliant Milanese family of military engineers. They also designed the San Felipe Fort in Cartegena and the Castillo San Felipe in San Juan, Puerto Rico (and a huge number of other fortifications). There was a very comprehensive exhibit of their history and works in the fort in Spanish and in English.
That evening, after a very nice dinner with Carmen's family at the Casa, we attended the opening performance of Acosta Dance Company at the Gran Teatro de la Habana Alicia Alonso. It was fabulous, one of the best dance evenings Scott and I have seen for a long time. The company was uniformly brilliant and all six of the pieces were riveting. The theater itself is very beautiful and perfectly restored.
|The view as we approached the ferry landing.|
|The marble Christ Statue overlooking the harbor by sculptor|
|In the continued fortifications along the channel was the|
Museo de Fortificaciones y Armas with a variety of
missiles - one of which was labeled as (supposed to?)
containing nuclear missiles.
|View from the Castillo over to the Malecon in Vieja Havana|
|Fortifications on the land side of the Castillo|
|We have been walking an average of 23,000 steps a day and|
Scott is happy to sit down for a minute.
|There is a beauty contest here in Havana and this young|
woman was trying to have a photo shoot - too much wind
|It's a huge fort and we toured it all. Then|
returned to the city center by taxi.
|Artist Duvier Del Dago had a wonderful exhibit here of his|
works. We met the artist who was working on a new project
|The artist's statement in both Spanish and English|
|View over the channel into Old Havana. The Battery along the shore. There is a tunnel for cars under the channel and passenger ferries as well.|