Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Ernest Hemingway Home, Key West

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I have to admit I only started reading Hemingway in the last few years. And then, of course, once I started, I was hooked like a fisherman in The Old Man and the Sea. I loved learning about the bullfighting culture in Spain through The Sun Also Rises, and then my travel dream came true - I visited the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum in Key West, FL.

If you're a Hemingway fan, I highly recommend visiting his Key West home and learning about the history through one of the tours (included in the admission price). I spent hours wandering around the property taking in everything including the famous 6-toed cats and the in-ground pool, quite the feat considering workers had to dig a hole through solid coral and no doubt, a huge luxury at the time!
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This beautiful plantation-style home, built in 1851, was purchased by Hemingway and his wife Pauline in 1931 for $8,000. In 2017, this house remains as the largest single property on the island of Key West. 

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The home showcases original furnishings used by Hemingway and his family (including 2 sons, Patrick and Gregory) as well as personal photographs and artwork. Pauline shipped chandeliers for the home back from her many trips to Paris. Hemingway's writing room is located above the coach house at the back of the property.


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While you're visiting the Conch Republic, be sure to check out the bar where Hemingway used to imbibe. Well, check out 2 bars since they both lay claim to being the venue where Hemingway drank and wrote for hours on end: Sloppy Joe's Bar on Duval Street and Captain Tony's Saloon on Greene Street, both about a 14-minute walk away.

General admission to the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, including the 30-minute guided tour, is only $14. A rare bargain that gives a glimpse into the life of such a talented author, so well worth visiting! And before you get to the Ernest Hemingway home, download the Hemingway Home App so you can meander at your own pace before or after the tour while being provided details of his life, books and the time he spent on Key West (available in 5 languages).

For more information, visit Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum and be sure to check out my review of the Norwegian Getaway!



    

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