That's me on the front steps of Hemingway's house, Finca Viga. This house is the reason I came to Cuba. Years (and years) ago, I visited Hemingway's house in Key West, Florida. They mentioned he had a house in Cuba too, and that planted the seed for this trip.
Hemingway first visited Cuba in the early 1930s. He rented this house for a year, and then, in 1939, he bought the 40 acre place, with the incredible view for about $12,000. The money was from the advance on "For Whom the Bell Tolls." He wrote "Islands in the Stream," "The Old Man and the Sea" and To Have and Have Not" here. The house is about 20 minutes from downtown Havana.
He lived here for 20 years.
Hemingway left in 1960, some say at the urging of the US government, and he committed suicide in 1961, in Ketchum, Idaho, at 60 years old. His widow, Mary, came to the house once, after he died, to collect some personal stuff. Then she 'bequeathed' the house and its contents to the Cuban government. They and the Finca Vigia Foundation have worked to restore it and catalog his 9,000 books and letters and unfinished writings.
Hemingway only met Fidel Castro one time, at a fishing tournament in 1959 in Cuba.
The house is simply gorgeous. Below, is the bathroom wall, where he wrote his weight and the date every day! and his closet, with his shirts and shoes.
|Hemingway is revered in Cuba. This from an outdoor book store in Havana|
Above is our hotel lobby, at the Central Parque Hotel in Havana Vieja. And husb, buying his first Cuban cigar!
Here we are at El Foridita, one of the bars that Hemingway frequented.
Husb is very happy with a Cuban cigar & Daiquiri, just like Hemingway drank.
Our meals, in Cuba were all delicious, with fresh ingredients. However, we ate an inordinate about of black beans, rice, pork and chicken! It's a very limited menu. I had my first, second, third and fourth Mojito's while in Cuba. I'm now officially tired of them. Rum is the official beverage of Cuba and everywhere we went, we were greeted with a welcome cocktail of a Mojito or a Cuba Libre.
Tomorrow's post a tobacco farm in the beautiful Vinales Valley, Cuba
See yesterday's post on Interiors and cars of Havana.