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.