Cuba - Day 4 (End)

I noticed each paladar meal got better and better and Café Ajiaco was no exception. The service and food were excellent. This restaurant was definitely one of my favorites. The soup and black beans were so good. But, the rolls were absolutely the best bread I tasted while in Cuba. Coffee Press The chefs came out for a well-deserved acknowledgement of appreciation. They were introduced by one of the managers (Pedro Torres). We headed to Varadero where we checked into the Meliá Varadero, an all-inclusive hotel. At this Meliá, our rooms were located on “The Level” where they provided concierge service, a lounge with food, and other amenities. My Room This snack was waiting for me: fruit plate,

Cuba - Day 4

We stayed in Varadero for the reminder of our time in Cuba. But, before getting there we made a few stops: Morro Castle, Muraleando Community Art Project, Ernest Hemingway’s home, and Café Ajiaco for lunch. Morro Castle sits at the entrance to the Bay of Havana, it was used to identify the approach of enemy vessels. There were some fabulous views of the Havana skyline from the location. Views of the Havana skyline from Morro Castle. The Muraleandro Community Art Project promotes the arts to the children of a Havana neighborhood. There was a slight similarity to Fusterlandia, the art was visible around the neighborhood. “Greetings from Snoopy for friends who make their dreams come true in thi

Cuba - Day 3 (End)

After lunch, we left Las Terrazas and headed back to Havana. The next stop was the one I was most interested in seeing, it was Fusterlandia. Jose Fuster is the called “The Picasso of the Caribbean” with some Gaudi influences. (A Side Note - I had the pleasure of discovering there was more to Picasso than just cubism at an exhibit in Paris. I fell in love with Antonio Gaudi when I saw his amazing architectural designs in Barcelona: La Sagrada Familia, Parc Güell, and La Pedrera.) Mr. Fuster work can be found on his properties and around his neighborhood. Needless to say, I took lots of photos. This is just a small sample. "Tribute to Gaudi", this is one of Jose Fuster's neighborhood creations

Cuba - Day 3

This day we headed to Las Terrazas, a beautiful community created by the government in 1968. We were entertained by Alabao, very good music. They, like most Cuban musicians we, had CDs for sale. The going price was 10 CUC. This community is located southwest of Havana. We covered quite a bit of territory while there. We had some good coffee at Café Maria. While at the café we were introduced to the community dentist for a Q&A session. We met with one of the artists, Ariel, he walked us through his process for making the paper used for his artwork. We purchased some of his art and other crafts created by the artisans of the community. This peacock was not camera shy, he gave me a 360 degree v

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