They were all being overlooked and presumably blessed by St Francis!
....who was, in turn, being overlooked by the lady with a rose!
We had arranged to explore Havana Vieja with a tour guide in order to familiarise ourselves with the city.
This was quite an eye opener!
The Plaza Vieja looked like a bomb site before UNESCO stepped in!
Today most of the properties surrounding the square have been renovated,
We did not see any workers working on it, any time we went by!
The real eye opener was when our guide took us inside some of the very dilapidated buildings just off the square. Some of these buildings may have been affected by Hurricane Ike in 2008....but......lots seemed to be just decay over the years!
One building, where she had been acquainted with the family living there and was very concerned about their safety should it collapse in heavy rain, did indeed collapse. Fortunately the family had moved out 2 days prior to its actual collapse!
The entry showed an alarming array of electrical wires.....
...but the locals did not seem to be too busy!
We passed the old perfumery where people can still have their personal perfume made!
Recycled perfume bottles are on sale outside!
We also visited Plaza de Armas with its booksellers........
The food was also good....