Fw: Biden Pool Report 2

From: Weissenstein, Michael
Sent: Friday, October 7, 2016 1:20 PM
To: Justen A. Thomas; Yuliana Nogales; Gleeson, James M. EOP/OVP
Subject: Biden Pool Report 2

Biden’s motorcade traveled back to Old Havana, where she was taken on a walking tour of the restored colonial center. She was guided by Lesbia Mendez, the Director of the Office of the Historian, the agency responsible for the restoration. Biden  and her entourage walked from the Plaza de Armas, where she visited the 18th-century former residence of the Spanish colonial governors of Havana, to the Plaza Vieja, another of the neighborhood’s iconic squares, and finished in the basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi, where she listened to a two-song recital by members of the strings section of Camerata Romeu, an all-female chamber orchestra. She chatted with Mendez but the conversation was inaudible to the pool. She made a stop in a workshop run by the city’s historian’s office where stone- and brick-workers are trained, and she was briefed on the years-long efforts to restore the Capitol building, a near-twin of the U.S. Capitol.

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