Tuesday, January 29, 2013

The Hemingway House in Key West, Florida

Our visit to the Keys in Florida this year was my first time in the Keys, and a visit to the Hemingway House had been on my bucket list for a long time.  A visit to the House did not disappoint, and it was one of the favorite things about being in the Keys.  We ventured down to Key West to spend a day, and we went early to Hemingway's House before crowds had arrived.  It was delightful.  The gardens are beautiful, the cats amusing, and the house interesting, especially if you are a Hemingway fan.
Hemingway's wife replaced all the ceiling fans of the original house with chandeliers she had collected.

A painting of Hemingway and his friend a Cuban who was the inspiration for Santiago in The Old Man and The Sea.
Fats Waller, one of the Hemingway house cats.

Hemingway's bed.
Apparently the headboard of the bed was a gate that Hemingway had collected.  They placed twin beds together and made a king size bed (before king size beds were available).

We wandered around on our own, but eventually joined one of the guided tours where the tour guide told us a lot about the house and about Hemingway.  Among my favorite rooms were his studio above the old carriage house and the art deco bathroom in the upstairs of the house.  
The Hemingway study with the original typewriter where Hemingway wrote many of his famous works.
Art deco tile on the floor of an upstairs bathroom.  I love this tile.

Hemingway lived in this house with his second wife, Pauline, from 1931 to 1940 when he moved to Cuba and married Martha Gellhorn.  Pauline and the their two sons lived there until Pauline died in 1951.

Frankly, I wouldn't mind returning to the Hemingway House & Museum for another visit there was so much to absorb.

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