A Place for the Living and the Dead

Cementaries are popular sights sometimes in cities like Paris, they are also used for a Sunday picnic or just a walk.
In Havana the cemetery is also tourist attraction and that’s more than justified. Although it doesn’t have Jim Morrisons grave it is a really interesting place to visit.
The Cementerio Colon is located in the Vedado neighborhood and was built in 1870 and still is one of the biggest cemeteries in the world. After the population of Havana grew fast in the 19th century and cooler spread among the city  the existing churches and cemeteries had not enough space for all the bodies. So they built a new one wich now is about 56 ha big and counts about 800.000 graves. The thumbs are decorated with ornaments and statues made by famous artists and there are several mausoleums telling their own stories.
Famous Cubans are buried here and as the place is so huge is has its own system of streets like a small city.
You have the chance to visit the graves of famous people from Cuban history and culture like Ibrahim Ferrer.
It’s worth to plan a lot of time for the visit and discover the artistic thumbs and stories behind them.
Be aware that for tourists the cemetery is considered a museum and the entrance is 5CUC, residents and Cubans do not have to pay.
Plan your visit in the morning or in the late afternoon as the sun can get tricky and there is not much shade to hide from it.
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February 14th

Everybody knows that day, some love it, some fear it and some people hate it. All around the world this day is conected to a lot of pressure and money spending for your loved ones.

As in other countries in Cuba people also celebrate Valentines day, but it’s called differently. Februray 14th in Cuba is the “día de los enamorados”or also the “día de la amistad”, so it’s the day for loved ones and also the day of friendship. And believe me people take this celebration seriously!

So here are some tips for Valentines Day in Cuba:

If you want to eat out that day, make a reservation or eat early. Streets, especiallly in Havana are packed that day!  Everybody goes out with their partner, date or just a group of friends. Outside of restaurants and cafeterías there are queues and every place has their own special offer for that day.

check some of them out at A la Mesa.

If you hate Valentines Day, stay in or get a bottle of Rum and make new friends at the Malecón.

If you want to take somebody out to impress him or her, here are some ideas for:

Dinner 

Drinks 

or Dancing or Music

Also you can just go out wandering the streets and watch what the others do!

It’s going to be a unique februray 14th that’s for sure! IMG_0024.JPG