A mere ninety miles from Key West, across the Straits of Florida, lies an island nation — larger than all the other islands of the Caribbean combined — with a story that would seem inconceivable were it not true. To experience Havana and see, firsthand, remnants of what it was before the Cuban Revolution, what it is today, and to catch a glimpse of the gradual changes the entire country is undergoing is breathtaking, enchanting and, at the same time, haunting.
Today, Cuba is at once frozen in time, while also, increasingly, crossing paths with the digital age of the Western world. As relations between the United States and Cuba continue to thaw, one can only hope that the collective wisdom of six decades will prevail in protecting and preserving the country’s many architectural treasures. If the energy, effort and resources invested in Havana’s boom era are even fractionally invested in its restoration, the city will most assuredly reclaim its 20th century moniker – the Paris of the Caribbean.