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Owner interview: Casa Colonial la Paloma

At whose house?
Luis Enrique Perez Rivero and Kenia.

Where?
The house was built in 1875, in front of the central square José Martí, where the first telephone centre of the city was established.

Favourite place
The living room, as it has large windows overlooking the square and letting in the breeze.

Special features
If we had to give two characteristics that distinguish Casa Paloma, it would be its joie de vivre and its taste for sharing. This is how Luis and Kenia find themselves improvising a little cooking class when their customers, who have fallen under the spell of one of their sauces, ask them for the recipe.

In the footsteps of Luis and Kenia
When you leave the house, you will find the Nuestra Señora del buen viaje church, the Alejandro Garcia Caturla Music Museum, craftsmen, large hotels, shops, cafés, etc.

But what Luis and Kenia particularly recommend is the iglesia Parroquial Mayor San Juan Bautista – “one of the oldest churches in Cuba, it is sumptuous with its gold-plated altar” – and the Museo de las Parrandas Remedianas “where objects related to one of Cuba’s most recognised popular festivals called Las Parrandas are kept”.

To be continued
Our two hosts have just finished a new room. The next step is to install a small bat on the terrace.

Sabine Bouvet
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For Novela Cuba, this freelance journalist gives voice to those who receive you. She paints house portraits and serves up slices of Cuban life. In search of places near or far and inspiring encounters for travel, lifestyle, adventure, and publishing press; Sabine shows the beauty of the world and highlights those who protect it.

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