John Lennon Park in Havana
John Lennon is a legend, I think we can all agree on that. Also, I am sure that I there is no need to explain who John Lennon is. But maybe there is a need to explain why John Lennon appears in a Blog about traveling to Cuba.
John Lennon was my neighbor for the last months, well not the real John Lennon, one made out of bronze. He is sitting in a park in the Vedado neighborhood of Havana, in Street 17, corner to 6. He is sitting there waiting for visitors and he gets a lot of visitors.
Well, the Park was named after him in 2000, as a tribute to him on the 20. anniversary of his death. John Lennon was never in Cuba by the way and the park eas there before. It is quite ironic that the park was named after the musician.
The Beatles and their music didn’t have a great reputation here in the first years of the Revolution. Although they had and still have a lot of fans on the island, rock in any kind of form was banned until just a decade ago.
To honor the revolutionary spirit of John Lennon Fidel Castro decided to build the statue of Lennon and name the park after him.
Lennon’s bronze replica also wears his famous glasses, well sometimes. Because in the past the glasses were robbed very often there is a person taking care of them and putting them on Lennon’s nose so can take pictures with his visitors.
There is also a club called the yellow submarine, or Submarino Amarillo. They have live music every day, mostly from rock, pop, and reggae groups. At John Lennon’s birthday, they have a huge party.
You should stop by and check it out. Besides John Lennon’s presence, it’s also a really nice park.
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