Photographer's Note

The last two days of my journey, Saturday and Sunday, I spent in Havana. I saw all the 'musts" at the beginning, so I just walked around rather lazy, visiting without plan the side streets and places. I "reserved" time on Sunday for the dances in Callejon de Hamel and on Saturday I decided to go to La Cabana and El Morro.
Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabaña (Fort of Saint Charles), colloquially known as La Cabaña, is an 18th-century fortress complex, the third-largest in the Americas, located on the elevated eastern side of the harbor entrance in Havana, Cuba. The fort rises above the 60 m hilltop, along with Morro Castle (fortress).
I wanted to see the fortress and also marvelous panoramas of Havana from there. The easiest way was to take a ferry to Casa Blanca. From there there was a nice walk. On the ferry and later on the path to the fortress there were not many people. But when I came close to the gate, I stood stupefied. There were thousands of people everywhere in the fortress.
What was going on??? They told me it was Book Fair.

Each February, Havana’s International Book Fair transforms the old Spanish fortification San Carlos de La Cabana that overlooks the Havana harbour into one of the biggest book parties in the world. It takes place in Havana City for 10 days before continuing on to the other cities for two more weeks. The book fair ends in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba.

The festival consists of book vendors, poetry readings, children’s activities, art exhibitions, and concerts in the evenings. It is considered Cuba’s premier cultural event, as well as the event with the highest attendance in Cuba: the XX International Book Fair drew over 2.3 million people to the Capital City!

where literary, artistic and academic events will take place.

Along with the public, the book fair is attended by Cuban and international authors, publishers, and political officials. Over 100 publishing houses present catalogues of books, including Casa de las Américas. Each book fair is dedicated to a genre, issue, or author, and also a guest of honour. Since 2000, each book fair has been dedicated to Cuban authors and intellectuals.

It was a big surprise and a new adventure for a crazy traveller:). There were dances, musics, endless opportunities for nice pictures. Here I want to show the people and the panorama of Havana in the background.
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