Orientation Meeting at the Hotel Plaza
Our group drove from the airport to check into the Hotel Plaza in downtown Havana, centrally located near many interesting spots, including: the Malecon (paved section/walkway along the water); parks; museums; old squares; etc. From the top floor of the hotel, after an orientation meeting and before dinner downstairs, we enjoyed the open air roof garden area, where there was a good view of the old Bacardi building (shown) across the street; and, looking down, we got our first glimpse of the many window and balcony scenes of Havana (also shown).
And, yes, on the drive in we caught sight of the old cars, the pedicabs, the people, the fading colors and textured walls, and many other interesting sights in the old Havana (Habana Vieja) area. I can remember not wanting to appear like a photo-taking locust. I can see why local residents laugh at tourists snapping away. There was much to see that was visually interesting.