Fusterlandia near Havana, Cuba

Near Havana, Cuba we were speechless at Fusterlandia.  This is the home of Jose Rodriguez Fuster,

Entrance to Fusterlandia

Entrance to Fusterlandia

affectionately referred to as Fuster.  Fuster, a Cuban from a small fishing village, is an artist.

About 30 years ago Fuster started remaking his home and his neighborhood.

First view entering Fusterlandia

First view entering Fusterlandia

He spent time in Europe and was inspired by Gaudi in Barcelona (La Familia Sagrada and Casa Batllo) and by Brancusi in Romania.  I want to share some photos of Fusterlandia with you.

Looking down at pool

Looking down at pool

Big guy

Big guy

What a clock

What a clock

All this artwork exhausts me.  I am just a little duck

All this artwork exhausts me. I am just a little duck

According to www.havana-cultura.com more than 80 neighbors have allowed Fuster to use their homes as his canvas.

He puts his art everywhere

He puts his art everywhere

This is an unforgettable neighborhood.

Mom and I saw some little boys with their moms.  We asked the moms if we could give them small high bounce balls and butterscotch candy.  Moms said yes and the boys were happy.  One of our friends had a baseball to give the boys.  Cuban people love baseball.  Making people happy  is fun!

Fuster sells much of his work and much of that money he puts back into the neighborhood.

Fuster's art throughout his neighborhood

Fuster’s art throughout his neighborhood

We were amazed and really liked Fusterlandia.  We hope you will visit Fusterlandia when you are in Havana.  It is really a place to see.

Las Terrazas in Cuba with Zeb Part II

There is so much to see here at Las Terrazas, that this duck needed more than one day to tell you about it  After our wonderful lunch, we met an artist.

We visited a man that recycles paper and creates beautiful cards and pictures.  Here he is in his store.

Artist recycles and uses the paper

Artist recycles and uses the paper

We bought cards and pictures.  This workshop is where he recycles used paper and creates his art.

His workshop

His workshop

No big machines here.  Just one very talented man.

Next to his workshop and store we liked these apartments.

Apartments

Apartments

They look so friendly and colorful.

I thought this old tractor was great.

Tractor

Tractor

I like old things.

Now we are visiting Café Maria.

Cafe Maria

Cafe Maria

This is Maria’s coffee shop.   It is the town’s only coffee shop

Inside Cafe Maria

Inside Cafe Maria

and they say that Maria is the oldest member of the community.  She lives above her coffee shop.

Near the coffee shop there is a clinic.  The young doctor talked to us.  She was very nice.  There were also some people selling jewelry and other items.  We saw the ration store.

Provides food rations

Provides food rations

People in Cuba receive some beans and other food and 5 pounds of rice for each person in their house every month.  This duck had never seen a food ration store before.  This lady is receiving rice that was weighed for her.

Receiving her monthly rice ration

Receiving her monthly rice ration

I liked the horse with a trailer.

Horse with cart

Horse with cart

Horse was patiently waiting.  Look at this trashcan.

Love the painted trashcan

Love the painted trashcan

Never in my duck life have I seen a beautifully painted trashcan.  This is so great.

United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) declared Terrazas a Biosphere Reserve in 1985.   This project combines sustainable development and tourism in the mountainous community in the San Juan Valley at the foot of Salon Hill.  Las Terrazas consists of 5,000 hectares or about 12,355 acres.  Swimming, hiking, zip line and other activities are available.  This is a necessary trip when you go to Cuba.

Las Terrazas in Sierra del Rosario mountains in Cuba

Las Terrazas in Sierra del Rosario mountains in Cuba

Alejandro said we are going to Fusterlandia next.  Hope you visit me again to see what Fusterlandia is.