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Inside A Unique Cuban Casa
November 15, 2016
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Inside A Unique Cuban Casa | Duende by Madam ZoZo

If you’ve ever seen the first Sex and the City movie, you will know the scene where Carrie walks into a dreamy New York City apartment that’s for sale and imagines herself as the owner and resident. Striking a pose in a sun-drenched doorway she greets an imaginary guest – “Hello, I live here!” – she proudly declares. Well I had that moment – standing in a Casa in Vedado, Havana. It was as Carrie would say “real estate heaven.”

Casa particulares are the main form of accommodation for visitors to Cuba. They fall somewhere between a homestay and a bed and breakfast. As casas are private homes, each experience is unique to the owner and its occupants.

Vedado, is a suburb of Havana that in its hey-day was home to wealthy Cubans and foreigners. When the Revolution struck, many of the homes and contents were abandoned as their owners fled the country. The properties were distributed to remaining residents by the Cuban government.

This particular hacienda style property is lovely, but the home alone is nothing to write an entire blog post about. It is the contents of the home that had me awestruck and I just have to share the pictures with you.

Note – this isn’t a typical casa, it’s owner obviously has privileges that extend beyond most Cuban’s. You may have questions about the acquisition of the antiques and art… they will likely remain unanswered. For now let’s be grateful that this private home-cum-art gallery is open for visitors like us to enjoy.

My "I live here moment" at the ornamental iron gates leading into the enclosed courtyard
Casa Porteria outer corridor
Casa Porteria courtyard
This sunny, enclosed courtyard is where breakfast was served each morning with beautiful silverware and vintage tea sets
Inside a Unique Cuban Casa | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Inside A Unique Cuban Casa
The art filled interior of Casa Porteria
Casa Porteria ensuite details
Details from our ensuite - an antique towel rail
Inside A Unique Cuban Casa | Duende by Madam ZoZo
The leafy backyard features decorative iron furniture, a selection of pots and a stone water feature
Decorative pottery and bead necklace
A table of decorative pottery and a bead necklace that took my fancy
Inside A Unique Cuban Casa | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Inside A Unique Cuban Casa
Inside A Unique Cuban Casa | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Stalin, Churchill, Hitler, Mussolini and co. play dominoes in this interesting piece

I hope you enjoyed this peak inside a unique Cuban casa. You can find more duende from my Cuban adventure covering street art, classic cars and architecture.

Peace, love and art,

Madam ZoZo

Inside A Unique Cuban Casa | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Inside A Unique Cuban Casa | Duende by Madam ZoZo

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Madam ZoZo

Hi! I'm Madam ZoZo, aka Zoë, an Australian designer, creative consultant, blogger and digital nomad. I'm passionate about travel, design, dance and new experiences that fuel my creativity. I strive to travel in a style that is gentle on the earth and that contributes to the communities I visits, even if it is merely to take away a greater understanding of a different culture. Duende by Madam ZoZo, is where I share the stories of my travels and the duende (soul/inspiration) I find along the way.

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