Cosmopolitan Tour by Vedado and Playa

ByPhilipe Torres Cobas

Cosmopolitan Tour by Vedado and Playa

After several days in the warm and rhythm of Havana, I decided to visit two of the most cosmopolitan neighborhoods of the capital: Vedado and Playa.  I woke up with the desire to expect the unexpected and that’s how I discovered. The contradictory curiosities that exist in these “residential neighborhoods” of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.

Behind the shabby facades habaneras there is an exhilarating world

Most notable in the landscape of both places is the beauty and elegance of its avenues, with trees, parks and stately buildings with eclectic style. Many of these buildings keep their splendor while others are in ruins and serve as hostel for poorer families. In others remains the Soviet style of the 80s, a bit of everything you can find in Vedado.

Paseo and Presidents Avenues are perfect to breathe fresh air and feel the salty aroma of the Caribbean Sea. But I wanted to mix with the passers-by so I walked 23rd Street, as Cubans say: “Rampa up and Rampa down”. My hosts told me later that at night this street is more diverse and a large crowd of people come with different styles and ages.

I had enough time and I decided to visit the Colon Cemetery. A marvel of the urban architecture with beautiful sculptures. My next stop was in the Parque Metropolitano, a magical, unique trail with an excellent cool breeze. I would have liked to visit Miramar, but I only saw it in passing. To finish my day in Fusterlandia and the Artistic Laboratory of San Agustín (LASA).  I have no words to describe the beauty and originality in both places. Without doubt an artistic experience that I pride myself on having lived. For the joyful and unequaled of both proposals and the human and aesthetic value behind the works. I recommend them.

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