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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Key West – Day 3 (Hemingway’s Home)

On Friday, Mark and Sue said that they had seen enough of Key West and wanted to just stay around the campground.  Patsy and I still want to tour Ernest Hemingway’s Home, so we went for one more trip.

I wasn’t sure that it was for me, but it turned out to be a good tour.  After paying your tour fee, you are free to walk through the house and grounds, or wait a few minutes for a guide.  We (Patsy!!) chose to wait for a guide, and we ended up with an entertaining one.  HIs picture is on the web page under the “tour guides” tab.  He is “Boston” Bob Smith!! 

There are 42 cats roaming the grounds and they are all descendents from a “six-toed” cat that Hemingway brought back from Paris.  They are allowed all over the house and grounds………. so, you will see some in the pictures.

Here are pictures of the house and rooms:

The house as you enter the gate……

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The living room and a painting of the house that was hanging in the living room…….

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Another painting in the Living Room.  It is of Hemingway and a close friend from Cuba, who was his inspiration for the book, “The Old Man and The Sea”…….

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The Master Bedroom with cats laying on the bed……

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Our tour guide in the Master Bedroom……

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In the back of the house, Hemingway converted an old carriage house into his writing studio.  Here are a couple of inside shots, and the outside with Patsy walking toward it………….

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Here are some ‘outside and ground’ shots, beginning with a view of a lighthouse across the street from the Master Bedroom…………….

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The pool………….

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A fountain made from a urinal torn out of ‘Sloppy Joe’s Saloon”……..

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A restful area in the garden………

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Part of the upstairs porch around the house……

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After we returned to the campground, we just relaxed.  We used the pool and hot tub, sat on the beach, and laid around the rigs.

Tomorrow, we check out and head north!!

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