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Marina Hemingway, La Habana, Cuba
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If Gaudi did Habana... Havana  Cuba

If Gaudi did Habana...

He would have had stiff competition from José Rodríguez Fuster who's colorfully tiled museum home and community make samba-ing out of Habana for an afternoon, a must cab ride. World renowned in his own right (see his work at Centro de Estudios Cubanos in New York and Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de La Habana), Fuster not only transformed his house and garden into a fantastical collage of mosaic creatures real and imagined; but his little fishing town of Jaimanitas as well. His neighbors' homes (pictured) are brightened with ceramic scenes of fish, mermaids, lovers and all-seeing eyes, bringing the personality of the inhabitants alive. He gets accolades not only for making his neighborhood an imaginative palette, but helping rebuild it economically as well. While you are in the area, stop by Marina Hemingway where you can channel Ernest's fishing trips from the aging docks and grab a bite. (Note: All were under renovation when I was there, June 2012). kb