Everyone has a dream of Cuba–the images of art, architecture, and glamorous lifestyle have been part of the collective consciousness for decades. Without western brands everywhere and filled with classic cars and art, the character of Havana is a unique tapestry of influences. After last week’s blog about traveling to Cuba, I started to think about the interaction of art, architecture and lifestyles. The houses reflect the colorful people that built and lived in them. The character of some of these homes continues to tell their story long after the original inhabitants are gone–imprinting their tastes and influences onto the city. French Parisian influences came together at the countess María Luisa Gómez-Mena’s home. The house was built in the mid-twenties by a sugar baron with his first wife, but…