Monday, November 12, 2012

Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum..Key West Florida

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 We will investigate the Hemingway Home &

General admission is $13.00 for the tour. When I asked,is there was a senior citizen discount I was told, “no discounts we have to feed the cats.” Click on CATS to learn about “Snowball” and polydactyl cats. “One cat just leads to another.” ERNEST HEMINGWAY



Asa F. Tift                     Ernest Hemingway


Asa built the house but he didn’t have four wives like Mr. Hemingway nor did he win the Nobel prize in literature.

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“Being against evil doesn't make you good.” E.H.




There are “A Lot” of pictures/photos on the walls



“No, that is the great fallacy: the wisdom of old men. They do not grow wise. They grow careful.” E.H. (I like this one)



“You can't get away from yourself by moving from one place to another.” E.H.


Probably pretty modern for it’s time




These two photos are not from the house/museum but from a favorite “Hang Out”


“Don't you drink? I notice you speak slightingly of the bottle. I have drunk since I was fifteen and few things have given me more pleasure. When you work hard all day with your head and know you must work again the next day what else can change your ideas and make them run on a different plane like whisky? When you are cold and wet what else can warm you? Before an attack who can say anything that gives you the momentary well-being that rum does?... The only time it isn't good for you is when you write or when you fight. You have to do that cold. But it always helps my shooting. Modern life, too, is often a mechanical oppression and liquor is the only mechanical relief.” ERNEST HEMINGWAY



Mr. Hemingway being a large man need a large bed (not made at the time) This bed was specially built by joining to single beds


Next photo is a view (thru the trees) of the Key West Light House as seen from the veranda.


Mr. Hemingway did his writing from an old converted carriage house. The studio is where Papa Hemingway wrote some of his famous novels such as To Have and Have Not and For Whom the Bell Tolls.



See the desk Zane Grey wrote his novels from CLICK.. or the table Louis L’Amour  wrote his famous westerns ..CLICK



The photo below shows the ‘expensive” for the time ($20,000—remember the house only cost $8000) pool Pauline wife #? had built while Mr. Hemingway was covering the Spanish Civil War probably with an “associate”.

DSC_0157 Papa Hemingway returned saw the pool and undertook a DIY project.Papa saw an old urinal waiting to be hauled away as trash in front of Sloppy Joe's ( his favorite neighborhood bar), he decided to take it home with him, proclaiming "Enough of my money went down that urinal!" He hauled it home, plopped it in the grass and topped it with a giant Spanish olive jar he found in Cuba.


Loren our tour guide (above photo) said, “Pauline decided to prettify the fixture with decorative tiles. Rigged with a pump, water has since cascaded down the jar and into the reservoir (urinal), providing a perfect (and now world-famous) drinking fountain for the cats.”

DSC_0122 Now it is time for a “CAT NAP” hope you enjoyed the post.


Sylvia K said...

What a wonderful place and such a terrific tour you've taken us on, Joe!! Hemingway has always been a favorite of mine!! Thanks for sharing this!!

EG CameraGirl said...

Ernest Hemmingway sure was a character, wasn't he? :))

Linda Gross said...

Very nice tour in photos and words.

Valerie said...

Thank you, Joe, for sharing this visual journey and background of a fascinating character. Enjoy your week.

eileeninmd said...

Thanks for the neat tour of the Hemingway home and museum. I have been wanting to visit Key West. Thanks for sharing, have a great week!

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Absolutely wonderful post and great photos ~ Hemingway was quite the guy and writer it would seem ~ (A Creative Harbor) ^_^

Rajesh said...

Beautiful museum with such nice items on display.

Genie said...

The minute I saw your first picture of the house, I remembered it. What a great place to visit. You series of photos is lovely and covers your visit beautifully. genie

Louis la Vache said...

Fascinating post!

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Arija said...

What a great look at the Hemingway legacy. Beautifully done.

TONY LETTS said...

Ernest who? Just joking :)

ladyfi said...

What a lovely place!

Jenn Jilks said...

That was much fun!

Cheers from Cottage Country!

Buster said...

Good one, Joe. I was there many years ago and your photos took me back again. Thanks.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Fun tour -- we hope to go back to the Key West and tour the rest of the Keys this season.