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TOP OF THE MUST SEE — VEDADO
Established in 1871, Cementerio (Necropolis) Colon spreads over 56 hectares (140 acres) contains 500 tombs, chapels, vaults and family plots. The Habaneros wanting to make a wish come to pray at the grave of Amelia Milagrosa (Amelia the Miraculous). Corner Zapata and 12. Photos here. Detailed map by Moon here.
Museo de Artes Decorativas, with Eastern European art from the sixteenth to the twentieth century. Absolutely sublime, unparalleled in taste. (The lady was filthy rich !) Calle 17, corner of E.
Galeria Haydee Santamaria, is now Cuban HQ of Brown University which started a program in 2007, along with Princeton, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Northwestern, Pennsylvania and Vanderbilt. (Source) Calle G, between (e/) Quinta y 3ra.
Casa de la Amistad
, fabulous building with bar, cafe, boutique, terrace, restaurant, musical evenings. Paseo 406, between 17 and 19.
Casa de ICAP (Cuban Institute for Friendship among Peoples), another nice building with bar, cafe, boutique, terrace, restaurant, musical evenings. Calle 17, e / H y Y
Museo Napoleonico re-opened in 2011, the collection of "Sugar Baron" Julio Lobo. Calle San Miguel, corner Ronda.
Plaza de la Revolucion its tower, its museum, its vistas and its two larger-than-life revolutionaries.
The Universidad de la Habana and its calm campus with stunning buildings and busy campus.
Hotel Nacional : its lobby, inviting swimming pool (25cuc for the day including a burger) and its neighborhood turistica (Coppelia, Habana Libre, Yara cinema).
Café Cantante mi Habana, avenida Paseo, corner 39 (7) 878-4275 Live shows, meals and bar 16h-21h and 23h-06h
The area of the intersection of Calles 23 y 12 with the Cinemateca, truly affordable restaurants, the arts center, galleries and cinemas.

Quinta de los Molinos open after 7 years restauration
George Martin (1926-2016) visits John Lennon (1940-1980)
in the Vedado park dedicated to the most famous of the Beatles. You may say they were dreamers but they were not the only ones. © Cristobal Herrera/AP/SIPA


Los Tres y El Futuro - Kids celebrating Dia Marti in Plaza de la Revolucion, January 27, 2015 © Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times
José, Fidel, Ernesto y El Futuro - Celebrating Dia Marti in Plaza de la Revolucion, January 27, 2015 © Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times


Get high at Parque Lenin over some of its 1800 hectares of green spaces, theme park, golf course, train ride, lake, restaurants, bars and galleries © felixmenard.com


A casa particular in Vedado in 1960 : "Celia Sanchez and Fidel Castro, just after they had their breakfast and coffee at Celia's modest 11th Street apartment." "Celia made all the decisions for Cuba, the big ones and the small ones." After Celia died of cancer in 1980, Fidel ruled Cuba as he believed Celia would want him to rule it. They were never lovers.(BBC) Castro is married to the mother of five of his children and people who knew and worked with Celia Sanchez say she was not the former president's lover — contrary to what would have you believe some old machos who cannot fathom that a woman can be as much of a revolutionary as a man. © roberto salas (Fidel's photographer) as used by cubaninsider.blogspot.ca


GET OUTTA TOWN ! 16 x DAY
Viazul bus terminal is in front of City Zoo but each of the 16 daily departures stops at closer "Inter-Provincial" terminal near Plaza de la Revolucion, also in Vedado.

Cuba Libro is Havana's first English-language bookstore (and coffee house and literary café) "supporting Cuban youth through skill-sharing, job opportunities, active consultation on decision-making and continuing education to help younger Cubans envision a future in Cuba, rather than on foreign shores". Click photo for more. Calle 24 corner calle 19 Open Mon-Sat 11h-20h
KMilo 100Fuegos (Camilo Cienfuegos) s'affiche lui aussi plus grand que nature
Probably the busiest intersection in Cuba : the Rampa (23), corner of L where some famous landmarks meet : the old Hilton, more aptly named Habana Libre, the park where Coppelia staff serve tons of ice cream each week and the 2000-seat Yara cinema where most movies of the yearly Festival are shown — as are World Cup Futbol games © robin thom photography ]• KMilo 100Fuegos (Camilo Cienfuegos) who now appears larger than nature like the Che with Camilo's famous words of support for Fidel's 1959 speech in the same plaza : « You are doing fine, Fidel » The two revolutionaries reliving side by side since october 2009

The Universidad and its quiet campus. © sogestour •]• Centro de Estudios Che Guevara opened in 2006 near the zoo and Viazul bus terminal © sogestour
Centro de Estudios Che Guevara opened in 2006 near the zoo and Viazul bus terminal - dedicated to "the most important man of the 20th century", according to philosopher and author Jean-Paul Sartre © sogestour ]The Universidad and its quiet campus. © sogestour

The Minint (Ministry of the Interior) with the Che's face — made with railway tracks donated by the French Government © Floating Rabbit on flickr•]• Plaza de la Revolucion, its tower, Jose Marti Museum, its vistas : here on April 16 2011 during the March of the People © roberto suarez, cubaenfotos.blogcip.cu
The Minint (Ministry of the Interior) with the Che's face — made with railway tracks donated by the French Government © Floating Rabbit on flickr]• Plaza de la Revolucion, its tower, Jose Marti Museum, its vistas : here on April 16 2011 during the March of the People © roberto suarez, cubaenfotos.blogcip.cu

Sketched by JR from Texas, a building along one of many lovely Vedado avenidas © James Richards •±• Hotel Nacional in its very turistica neighbourhood © sogestour
Un edificio de dos pisos along a lovely Vedado avenida © James Richards ]• Hotel Nacional in its very turistica neighbourhood © sogestour


CASA DE LA AMISTAD of the ICAP (Cuban institute of Friendship), bar, cafeteria, boutique, musical events.

Son and salsa music 6 nights a week in a lovely Italian Renaissance-style garden.

Paseo 406, between 17 and 19.

Casa de las Americas where Art and Literature are promoted
CASA DE LAS AMERICAS
Art and Literature at their best. Calle 3ra (tercera), corner G


MUSEO NAPOLEONICO
Must-see, reopened Spring 2011 with 7400 unique pieces.

World-renowned personal collection of sugar baron Julio Lobo.

Calle San Miguel, corner Ronda — by the university campus.

MUSEO DE ARTES DECORATIVAS, European and oriental art of 16th to 20th century. Extraordinary casa of hugely rich Countess of Revilla Camargo, née Mella.

Calle 17, corner E.

AGROPECUARIO
21 y J

Open-air market, 8am-4:40pm Mon-Sat, 8am-noon Sun >
Calle 21, corner J(oh-ta)
AGROPECUARIO 21 y J
Cementerio de Colon, built in 1871
CEMENTERIO COLON
Built in 1871, spread over 56 hectares (140 acres) with 500 vaults, mausoleums, chapels and family plots.

Like Cubans, make a wish on the tomb of
Amelia la Milagrosa (the Miraculous).

Corner Zapata and 12.


WRINKLES OF THE CITY : best & most touching video we have seen about La Habana : 27 mins. of felicidad and admiration. © jr-art.net

VERY AFFORDABLE VEDADO RESTAURANTS — MOSTLY ALL NEIGHBOURS
El Carmelo calle 23, corner H : all main courses for less than 5 cuc El Cochinito calle 23, e/ H y I : pork meals in MN (Moneda Nacional or cup), for 60cup (less than $2cad), your belly will be full, service faster around 20h Buona Sera calle 23, corner I : state-run in MN, spaghetti for 10cup or 50 cents cad (!), beer for 20cup (!) and it's full of estudiantes, como no Cinecitta calle 23, corner 12 : Italien like Buena Sera but a step higher, also in MN, like a lasagna or canneloni for 25cup (!) and ice cream sccop for 3cup per (!). Full crowds and unending lineups on weekends ; ( Artechef calle 3, angle A : state-run with full service with more than afordable meals for 3 and 4 cuc source havanacheap 18.11.14

TOP PALADARES [PRIVATE RESTAURANTS]
Starbien 9, e/ B y C, Vedado Tel. 7.830.0711 El Litoral Malecón, e/ K y L, Vedado El Cocinero 26, e/ 9 y 11 Tel. 7.832.2355 Leyendhabana Santa Rosa, e/ Infanta y Cruz del Padre Tel. 7.874.1421 Madrigal 17, e/ 2 y 4 Tel. 7.831.2433 Motivos F, e/ 3ra. y 5ta. Tel. 7.832.8732 Topoly 23, Esquina D Tel. 832.3224 La Pachanga Calle 28, e/ 21 y 23 Tel. 7.830.2507 El Carmelo 23, e/ G y H Tel. 7.836.3220 Razones F, e/ 3ra y 5ta Tel. 7.830.6055 La Chucheria 1ra, e/ C y D Tel. 7.830.0708 Mediterraneo Havana 13, e/ F y G Tel. 7.832.4894 [cubapaladar.org]

Half of that say the anticubanistas & usual facistas
One whole million say we - Lotsa peaceful gentes attended the PAZ SIN FRONTERAS concert, on September 20, 2009 at Plaza de la Revolucion © ISMAEL FRANCISCO/AFP/Getty Images on www.boston.com web site. Page > here <

Cuatro Caminos, the capital city's largest produce market © sogestour

Alicia Leal, Estudio de Intimidad, 2009 •[• Alicia Leal Encuentro 2009
Aspuru family tomb door, Cementerio Colon © frederick, questier.com


Praying for a calm sea at Ricardo Martinez y Familia, Cementerio Colon © frederick, questier.com

EVENINGS y SHOWS
]Atelier, shows at 23h30, disco follows, calle 17, corner 6; on Sundays between 4 and 8 p.m. ] Discotemba for Habaneros (and tourists alike) who just wanna dance (to recorded music from the 70's and 80's) and have fun. A place where foreigners looking for chicks should not be welcome ] Barbaram, son the way we like, Trova type. Not dear but far, calle 26, e/45 y 47 ] Café TV, shows and karaoke, decor celebrates Cuban TV history, packed weekends, 17 edificio FOCSA, e/M y N ] Casa de las Americas, concerts early evening weekdays, 3ra (Tercera), between G y F ] Casa de la Amistad (see above), shows on the terrace, 5cuc ] Café Fresa y Chocolate, inner court of ICAIC, rock and marginal groups. Calle 23, e/10 y 12 ] El Gato Tuerto, famous with intelligentsia in 70's and 80'. Now filin, jazz and bolero music speak with their notes. Calle O #14, e/17 y 19 ] El Gran Palenque of the world-famous Conjunto Folclorico Nacional de Cuba. HQ of the rumba. Matinees on weekends. Calle 4 #103, e/Calzada y 5ta ] El Karachi, at midnight pop meets rap. Techno on Sundays, 16h-21h. Calle K, e/15 u 16 ] Huron Azul / UNEAC (Union of writers and artists of Cuba), 17h-2h, trova, son and rumba. Calle 17 #351, e/G y H ] Bar-Club Imagenes, traditional and bolero shows from 23h, bar and restaurant. Calle Calzada, corner C ] Jazz Café, HQ of Chucho Valdes, Irakere and the like, 20h and 23h. Disco follows. Galerias del Paseo, corner 1ra ] La Fuente, mini bar and garden on calle 13, corner of Los Presidentes (Calle G). Cheap ] Las Bulerias, español decor, dancing on musica cubana, Midnight to 4h, calle L e/23 y 25 ] Las Cañitas at the Habana Libre : salsa bands, disco, jazz. Muy popular. Calle 23 corner L ] Opus Bar, top floor of Amadeo Roldan, conversations with a view. Calzada, corner D ] Conjunto Folclórico - Patio de la Rumba Calle 4 e/Calzada y 5ta. Cuban dancing in its unique roots : Africa Tel. (7) 830-3939 Shows on Saturdays in the open air patio. Get there early, not a large venue.

MORE FOOD PLACES
Chansonnier
(International/Fusion); El Atelier (Signature); La Casa (Fusion/Sushi); Havana Chef (Spanish); Razones (International); 3D Bar (Snacks); Sancho Panza (International); El Beduino (Arabic); Fabio Ristorante e Pizzeria italiana, Pastas 5,25-6,50cuc; Pizzas 3,50-6,25cuc calle 17, corner of J; open 12 to 12 Ground level : bar (takeout) and dining room; upstairs is chic & pricey, a bit "tourist-trappy". Tel (7) 55-3716 La Torre, on top floor of Edificio Focsa, quite dear, calle 17 and M; Union Francesa, on the ground floor, first floor and roof (for grilled specialties) of a colonial casa, calle 17, corner 6, across "Parque John Lennon"

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LETICIA
Three-bedroom colonial, ensuites, two patios
Calle Valle 212, e/Mazon y Basarrate steps from Parque Aguirre three blocks from Universidad. Locate on this map. Tél. (7) 873-3470



MERCEDES
Two large bedrooms, each with ensuite
Calle 21, # 360 appartement 2-A upstairs, entre G and H, corner of avenida de Los Presidentes. Tel. (7) 832-5846 Locate on this map.

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MADELEINE
Two-bedroom apt : kitchen, living, dining ...
Calle J # 255, ground floor, entre Linea y 15 near a produce market, front of bakery, near Coppelia, UNEAC, Museo de Artes Decorativas. (7) 832-7480 or cell 52 92 23 91 Locate on this map.

MADELEINE SILVA

CASAHABANA V
Four br's, three baths, two floors + roof terrace
Calle D# 555, apto 3, entre 23 y 25, facing Parque Mariana Grajales. Locate on this map. Tel (7) 833-1438 cell 52 89 78 13


ELVIRA V
Upstairs bedroom with independent entry
Calle B, no 716, upstairs (Altos) entre 29 y Zapata, Plaza de la Revolucion some 15 mins. walk from the Malecon. Tel. (7) 830-4682 Locate on this map.

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ANGELA
Four bedrooms, ensuites, + rooftop apartment
Calle Concordia 965, e/ Infanta y Bazarrate, close to the Universidad and hotels Colina and Habana Libre and Coppelia park (ice cream place). Tél. (7) 879-6851 cell 52 93 04 10

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LOS FAROLES V
Two-bedroom apartment, private bathrooms
Calle San Juan Bautista # 74, entre 35 y 37, Nuevo Vedado, near the Plaza de la Revolucion, behind the must-see Cementerio. Locate on this map. Tel. (7) 833-4348



ELIA y MARY V
Two aircon bedrooms, private baths
Calle San Rafael 1217, entre Mason y Ronda (which goes round the Universidad). four blocks from the famous Cine Yara. Locate on this map. Tel. (7) 878-3604

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GEORGINA
Two bedrooms each with private ensuites
Calle San Rafael 1165, entre Mazon y Basarrate in neighbourhood of the Universidad. Locate on this map. Tel. (7) 878-3604



LUIS y MILY V
Ground floor one-bedroom apart, living room
Calle 15 # 305, entre H et I, close to Malecon and near hotels Nacional & Habana Libre. Locate on this map. Tel. (7) 836-3954



CALLE 13 V
Three ac bedrooms, two baths, patio, bbq, pool
Calle 13 # 1361, entre 24 y 26, 5 mins. on foot from Malecon, near hotels Riviera and Melia Cohiba. Locate on this map. Tél. (7) 860-0848 cell 52 73 28 77



CARMEN
Two ac br's, ensuites + upstairs apart w/terrace
Almendares 110, e/ Bruzón y Desagüe, close to Parque Quinta de los Molinos. Tel. (7) 870-0664 Locate on this map.

CARMEN SUAREZ FOSALBA

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ORALIA V
Upstairs two ac bedrooms, shared bath
Calle Bruzón 123, entre Luaces y Montoro about 5 mins. from Plaza de la Revolucion; one min. walk from Quinta de los Molinos on Carlos III. Tél. (7) 878-4574 Locate on this map.



JORGE V
Upstairs indep. two-bedroom apartment, kitchen
Calle Ronda 5, upstairs, e/ Neptuno (and San Lazaro) y San Miguel, about 20 m from the main entrance of the University. Locate on this map. Tel. (7) 641-6673



FLORA V
Two aircon bedrooms, private baths
Calle B No. 705, entre 29 y Zapata, Plaza de la Revolución, near the Teatro Nacional. Tel. (7) 833-9151 Locate on this map.

MARIBEL V
Two aircon bedrooms, private baths
Avenida 19 de Mayo #5, e/ Ayestaran y Amezaga, in the Plaza de la Revolución area, some 40 meters from main Omnibus terminal. Find on this map. Tel. (7) 879-3119 cel. 52 64 56 07



ZOE y VICTOR V
Upstairs, two aircon bedrooms, private baths
Avenida 20 de Mayo 426 (a 13-storey tower), esquina (corner) Amenidad in the Cerro area, overlooking the Latinoamericano stadium. Locate on this map. Tél. (7) 870-8809 cell 52 83 45 54



FABIOLA V
2nd floor, one ac br, ensuite
Calle N # 408 (Edificio America), apto. 201, e/ 27 y Jovellar, two blocks from Habana Libre and also two blocks the other way towards the entrance to the Universidad campus. Tél. (7) 878-1452, celular 52 90 29 85



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IVETTE V
Third floor apartment, kitchen, one ac bedroom
Calle 25, #164 apto 304 e/Infanta y O, overlooking the core of the tourist area. Locate on this map on right side, near Casa Museo Abel Santamaria. Tél. (7) 260-7397 cel. 54 36 30 98



MAGDA V
Ground floor, three ac br, terrace, modern
Calle 32, # 863 e/26 y 41 Nuevo Vedado, 200 m from the Zoo and the main Viazul bus terminal. Tél. (7) 882-0732, cel. 52 49 64 64



LA TERRAZA DE ELDA V
Upstairs, 2nd floor, two deluxe ac bedrooms patio
Calle 23, #759, e/B y C, right by parque Mariana Grajales and three blocks from avenida de los Presidentes.  Tel. (7) 833-8150 Cel. 52 82 22 99



LEYDIANA V
Two ac bedrooms, ensuites, terrace
Calle N, #203, e/19 y 21, in the middle of the tourist center (Hotels Capri and Nacional, Yara, Coppelia). Tel. (7) 835-4030




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