Fiesta Cuba: living in the Pearl of the Antilles Described by Christopher Columbus as ?the loveliest land ever beheld by human eyes, ? Cuba's sumptuous landscapes are marked by sun-drenched tobacco and sugar cane fields and its cities ripe with music, dancing, and jubilation. Celebrating the relics of Cuba's revolutionary glory days, this book explores everything from the kinds of interiors seen in Buena Vista Social Club to top-notch luxury hotels and cultural heritage sites. Via a diverse selection of Cuban homes, hotels, gathering places, and more, Inside Cuba takes you on a colorful tour of Cuba's most archetypal interiors. Just mix up a Mojito, pop in a Compay Segundo CD, and fire up a cigar'you'll be in the perfect mood to savor these luscious Cuban gems. Highlights include: ? traditional time-worn homes bearing the patina of generations of habitation ? Modernist houses'including one by Richard Neutra'and artists? homes ? Cuba's best eclectic 20th century mansions ? a sugar baron's grandiose palacio ? Partag's cigar factory, one of Havana's oldest and finest ? the baroque building Palacio de los Capitanes Generales ? the spectacular and futuristic Mario Girona-designed ice cream haven that is Havana's most popular hangout ? a home with a Lalique-designed interior ? the bars Ernest Hemingway frequented, the hotel where he stayed between 1932 and 1939, and the estate near Havana he purchased in 1940, where he wrote The Old Man and the Sea ? Mafia casino hotels ? Don Diego Vel'zquez's Moorish-influenced home where gold was once processed before being shipped to Spain The photographer: Gianni Basso is specialized in travel photography, architecture, and interiors. In 1989, he foundedthe photography agency Vega MG. His work has been widely published in books and magazines. He lives in Milan.Taschen, Angelika is the author of 'Inside Cuba ', published 2006 under ISBN 9783822845974 and ISBN 3822845973.