Havana abounds in public squares which in all my random strolls through the great town I found to be well watered, well tended, well planted, and full of many strange plants - strange even amid the exhaustless luxuriance of Cuba. These squares also contained fine marble statuary, and were furnished with seats in shade, and with paved walks. The streets of Havana are crooked and labyrinthic and exceeding narrow. The sidewalks are only about twelve inches wide. One feels delightful relief when, heated and wearied by raids throughout the breadth of the dingy yellow town, dodging his way through crowds of men and mules and lumbering carriages, he at length finds shelter in the spacious, undusty, cool, flowery squares, or emerging
Original journal dimensions: 10 x 16.5 cm.
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