Usually I try to post about something literary on Tuesdays and with my recent trip, I figured a tour of Ernest Hemingway’s home in Key West was more than appropriate! (Plus, I didn’t want to inundate you with bajillions of travel photos all at once)
While Key West wasn’t the only place Hemingway lived in his lifetime, he spent 9 years in his Key West home with his wife, Pauline. The big, airy windows are to die for (though, I don’t know how even those windows would save you in the crazy heat down there).
The best part was seeing Hemingway’s own studio out back. What I wouldn’t give to have my own little writing space like that (though I doubt I’d be as diligent about going to “work” everyday like he was)! Like, Hemingway actually wrote things here – excuse me while I go giddily jump up and down in the corner…
Hemingway famously salvaged the urinal from his favorite bar during renovations, claiming that he “pissed away most of his money there” and thus should have it (or so the story goes). Needless to say, it’s now in Hemingway’s garden, even if his wife did attempt to disguise it with Mexican tile.
But really, the highlight is the cats…
Hemingway apparently owned 50-60 at the time, but now 40-50 descendants of his own polydactyl, six-toed cat live on the grounds and proceed to look adorable all the time.
I’ll be posting some more about Hemingway for tomorrow’s Smitten, but it was surreal to be on the grounds of not only a famous author’s home, but one whose writings I personally love!
Have you visited the Hemingway Home? I always get giddy when I get to visit an author landmark!