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Want the real Cuba? Try Havana Vieja
Tourist areas in Cuba tend to be located far away from the rhythms of everyday life. But visitors who wander through Old Havana — Habana Vieja, as locals call it — can't help but get a sense of how ordinary Cubans live.
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In this June 1, 2015 photo, a vendor, wearing a muscle shirt with a Cuban national flag motif, stands next to a souvenir T-shirt featuring Che Guevara, in the shop's doorway, in Old Havana, Cuba. Visitors who wander through Old Havana or Habana Vieja, as locals call it, will find that every street seems to have a sign attesting to something of cultural or historic significance. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan)

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Traffic moves beside a building in need of repair, on the Malecon in Old Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, June 2, 2015. In some destinations, tourist areas are located far from the rhythms of everyday life. But visitors who wander through Old Havana or Habana Vieja, as locals call it, cant help but get a sense of how ordinary Cubans live. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan)

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In this May 17, 2015 photo, pedestrians walk on a narrow street in Old Havana, Cuba. It's not unusual to see the sky through a roofless stone facade or piles of rubble in the street. But other sites have been beautifully restored, especially around the squares in the eastern half of the neighborhood bordering the water. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz)

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In this May 18, 2015 photo, a dog curls up on a stone street in Old Havana. The neighborhood is filled with tourist attractions and historic sites but it's also a place where visitors can observe the rhythms of daily life. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz)

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In this May 24, 2015 photo, a vegetable vendor cycles through Cathedral Square in Old Havana, Cuba. In some destinations, tourist areas are located far from the rhythms of everyday life. But visitors who wander through Old Havana or Habana Vieja as locals call it, canít help but get a sense of how ordinary Cubans live. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan)

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FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 1, 2014 file photo, students wave representations of their national flag and sing rumba music at a ceremony marking the start of the new school year, outside the Angela Landa Elementary School in Old Havana, Cuba. In some destinations, tourist areas are located far from the rhythms of everyday life. But But visitors who wander through Old Havana will get a glimpse of uniformed school children walking past, street vendors selling colorful fruits and peppers from carts, clotheslines on patios, and small dogs sunning themselves on sidewalks. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa, File)

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A vendor sells Ernesto "Che" Guevara T-shirts and other souvenirs in Old Havana, Cuba, Monday, June 1, 2015. Travel experts and upscale magazines are urging travel to Cuba before it changes. But visitors envisioning salsa in the streets and glamorous vintage cars should also be prepared to manage without ATMs, credit cards, Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, seat belts or toilet paper. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan)

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FILE - In this Dec. 19, 2014 file photo - A street entertainer waits for tourists in Old Havana, Cuba. The thawing of U.S.-Cuba relations has inspired many Cubans to think big. Visits by Americans were up 36 percent between January and early May of 2015 compared to the same period a year ago, and up 14 percent among all international arrivals. That surge is likely to continue as interest in the destination grows and it gets easier for Americans to travel there. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan, File)

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In this May 24, 2015 photo, a message believed to have been written by late U.S. novelist Ernest Hemingway, hangs framed at the bar inside La Bodeguita del Medio in Old Havana, Cuba. The writing reads: "My mojito in La Bodeguita, my daiquiri in El Floridita." (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan)

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In this May 17, 2015 photo, air dried laundry hang from makeshift clotheslines on balconies in Old Havana, Cuba. In some destinations, tourist areas are located far from the rhythms of everyday life. But But visitors who wander through Old Havana will get a glimpse of uniformed school children walking past, street vendors selling colorful fruits and peppers from carts, clotheslines on patios, and small dogs sunning themselves on sidewalks. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz)

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Tourists eat at the paladar O'Reilly 304 in Old Havana, Cuba, Monday, June 1, 2015. When eating in Havana, stick to "paladares" - privately owned restaurants. You'll need reservations for the best. Prices are moderate but not cheap. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan)

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In this May 18, 2015 photo, visitors tour the Ambos Mundos Hotel where writer Ernest Hemingway stayed, in Old Havana, Cuba. The hotel is one of a number of attractions in the Havana neighborhood. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz)

Want the real Cuba? Try Havana Vieja

Tourist areas in Cuba tend to be located far away from the rhythms of everyday life. But visitors who wander through Old Havana — Habana Vieja, as locals call it — can't help but get a sense of how ordinary Cubans live.

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