“The world breaks everyone, and afterward, many are strong at the broken places.”
The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum is a National Historic Landmark and offers an educational tour and immersive experience of Hemingways Florida Keys home. Many iconic souls have sought solace and found inspiration to hone their crafts by escaping to the tropics. Ernest Hemingway is the author of famed literary works such as The Sun Also Rises, For Whom The Bell Tolls, The Old Man and the Sea, A Farewell to Arms, The Snows of Kilimanjaro and more. The Hemingway home preserves many of the beloved author’s iconic literary pieces.
“The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.”
Ernest Hemingway, born in 1899, is a Pulitzer and Nobel Prize-winning author. Touring the acclaimed author Ernest Hemingways home is a dream come true. The home, built in 1851, is completely inspiring. Hemingway has written some of his most brilliant works of literature in this home. The home is compelling- I just want to swing in a hammock and write.
And the rain won’t make any difference?
The Ernest Hemingway home was definitely on my bucket list of places I had to visit and was one of the main reasons I embarked on a trip to the Florida Keys. I was completely enamored the entire time I was at the home and museum. We arrived an hour before closing and began exploring the house. The home stayed open for more and more arrivals. We stumbled upon a tour that was beginning in the upstairs bedroom so we decided to go ahead and stick with the guide. Our tour was the last tour of the evening and our guide was very knowledgeable of all things that were classic Hemingway.
“All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.”
Interestingly, Hemingway’s Home is known for their 50 polydactyl cats. We did get to see many of the adorable six-toed cats lounging around. The cats also have the lineage that goes all the way back to Hemingway’s own house cats! These descendants of Hemingways’ own felines are cared for in the most respectable way. The many cats can be seen roaming throughout the home and grounds.
“Write hard and clear about what hurts.”
I enjoyed the retelling of the penny and pool story from our guide. Hemingway had gone away for some time with his mistress and when he returned home he believed his wife was on to him. He also thought up the idea that she had taken all his money and had a huge underground pool installed and had determined that she had left him penniless. In a state of despair, Hemingway dug in his pockets and threw his very last cent at her and stormed off to the local watering hole. The penny became stuck in the wet concrete and is still there to this day!
“We would be together and have our books and at night be warm in bed together with the windows open and the stars bright.”
“You are so brave and quiet I forget you are suffering.”
I loved going up to Hemingway’s upstairs outdoor writing room. This separate writing room is where Hemingway would go for inspiration and clarity to write some of his most beloved masterpieces. I loved seeing all of his books and his old typewriter laid out. Hemingway lived here some ten years or so and he wrote many of his greatest books right here. It was surreal to step inside the author’s sacred space and feel the magnitude of the presence of the room.
“There’s no one thing that’s true. It’s all true.”
“When you love you wish to do things for. You wish to sacrifice for. You wish to serve.”
We learned that Hemingway wrote several of his famous classic books and short stories here in this very space. Hemingway authored in his writing room at his Key West home many books during his ten-year stay here. Hemingway penned To Have And Have Not, Green Hills of Africa, Death in the Afternoon, For Whom The Bell Tolls, The Snows of Kilimanjaro, and The Short, Happy Life of Francis Macomber.
“No one you love is ever truly lost.”
I loved seeing all of the personal photographs of Hemingway, the rows of preserved bookcases and movie posters from his novels. There are so many marvelous Hemingway stories that I heard throughout our tour. I learned even more than I could have imagined about the brilliant novelist that is Ernest Hemingway. Hemingway was an exceptional soul who battled with depression for many years which led to his eventual demise. Through the passage of time, his words live on and will forever resonate in my heart.
“We are all broken—that’s how the light gets in.”
“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”
And my bucket list dreams just keep coming true!
With All My Love,
The Vintage Gypsy
“We could have had such a damn good time together.”
“Yes. Isn’t it pretty to think so?” –Ernest Hemingway/ The Sun Also Rises