Port au Prince Panoramas

city-under-clouds-1 early-monrning-montagne-noir-2So it’s 2017, and I’m approaching two years working here in Port au Prince. One of the things I’ve always loved about this city is the views from the mountains out over the plain which is the core of the city; also, the views of the mountains, from when you’re on a rooftop in the city. This post is lots of individual shots I’ve taken over the past couple months – walking to work on a weekend morning, hanging out on the terrace of the Olofson Hotel, which is the grand old victorian-style institution in the heart of old town where it’s fun to have a relaxed breakfast every now and then. The earthquake affected the city itself — heart of town, where Olofson is — more than most of the other parts of town, and afterwards many businesses, NGO’s and other offices moved higher up into Petion-Ville and surrounding areas. Slowly the old city is rebuilding, and that’s great because more of the beautiful old houses are there, and that’s where the city’s historic core is — see some of my earlier posts , such as the about numbers in Haiti, with a few photos of the monuments to the first constitution and some of the early heroes of Haitian independence. (For example, https://somuchworldsolittletime.com/2016/10/09/41-26-23-and-other-numbers-from-haitis-history/)

I think all these photos are labeled well enough that you can figure out what they are. Hope you enjoy!from-olofson-terrace-1



4 responses

  1. Jeff Gordon

    Paul, thanks again for your amazing images of Haiti where so many of us have never been. I was going to say it’s startling that it’s been two years, but in many ways it’s not. So much has happened in the world in this time, and it’s about to get worse. But we have to stay active , engaged and creative! Jeff

    January 15, 2017 at 11:46

  2. Stephen Brockmann

    Hi Paul, these are lovely photos. The Olofson hotel looks great, and their art work is really interesting. Thanks for sharing these! We’re looking forward to having you back stateside in the not too distant future!

    January 15, 2017 at 13:02

  3. Gary Thompson

    The series from the Olofson inspired me to look it up. Terrific Graham Green quote on their home page: ”With its towers and balconies and wooden fretwork decorations it had the air at night of a Charles Addams house in a number of The New Yorker. You expected a witch to open the door to you or a maniac butler, with a bat dangling from the chandelier behind him.” But I suppose that quote says more about Mr. Green than Haiti. Thanks Paul.

    January 15, 2017 at 21:05

    • They say the hotel which is central to his novel The Comedians was inspired by Olofson. Good book, btw. Great quote…and you’re probably right it says more about him than Haiti 🙂

      January 16, 2017 at 05:56

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