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Hemingway Home and Museum

“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 you’ll always love me, won’t you?
Yes
And the rain won’t make any difference?
No”

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.

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“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

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Bucket List Dreams- Key West

When you are in Key West, you will notice how time slows down and you are now officially on island time. When I think of Key West, I think of The Ernest Hemingway Home, Mallory Square, Duval Street, perfect cotton-candy colored sunsets and of course, Key Lime pie! The Island community of Key West is filled with charming conch houses and is divided into two sections: Old Town and New Town. Key West has a rich historical significance, a vibrant art, and cultural scene, a multitude of kitschy and quirky places, entertainment venues and street performers and so much more.

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Old Town is located downtown and is the historic heart of Key West. I love all of the sights of the quaint Old Town area. The renovated and preserved hotels and bed and breakfasts in Old Town are quite distinctive. Old Town offers charming cottages, bungalows, and b&bs.

New Town offers more modern and beach-style lodging. New Town consists of shopping centers, restaurants, and hotels. Many of the hotels are all lined up which provides the ease of selecting accommodations for guests. Key West is extremely pricey, and on holidays those prices skyrocket. I saw 2-star budget motels going for 300+ a night during a holiday. Many folks will drive out of Key West and get a room at one of the other neighboring islands.

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Key Lime Square is a nice area to get lunch at one of the sidewalk cafes or enjoy eating curb-side. The Cuban Coffee Queen is a favorite spot to grab a coffee or a quick bite. Key Lime Square is great for people watching, spotting iguanas, and seeing chickens cross the road.

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Duvall Street is the entertainment district of Key West. On Duvall Street, you will find all of the storefronts, restaurants, and boutiques. Many off-the-wall stores are offering unique novelties and gaudy souvenirs. There is live music, street parties, and festivities. Duvall Street can be sensory overload, and that’s really what makes it so much fun.

Mallory Square offers the most stunning sunset views of Key West. The sky and the waters are multi-colored splashes of pink, blue, yellow, and orange. The scenic, panoramic views are breathtaking. Everyone gathers here as night falls to witness the splendor of the sunset. We watched the sailboats and cruise boats roll by with tours as the sun went down in the evening. You’ll definitely want to bring your camera because the backdrop is tremendous.

Mallory Square is primarily a lively shopping district with boutiques, restaurants, and hotels. They have clean facilities here and paid parking in the garage. We spent an embarrassing amount of time watching this hilarious cat man put on a crazy cat show!

If you are visiting Key West, you must catch the famous Key West sunset here at Mallory Square then have a slice of the famous Key Lime pie of course.

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The Cafe is a favorite vegetarian-friendly restaurant in Key West. The atmosphere here is really zen. We decided to get a slice of vegan Key Lime pie because you can’t go to Key West and not get a slice of their famous Key Lime pie. It was presented beautifully and tasted delicious. You’ve got to try their veggie burgers also.

The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum is famous to Key West! Hemingway’s Home holds tours throughout the day. A visit to the Hemingway Home and Museum was definitely on my bucket list and is a great attraction for all. Avid book lovers, emerging authors and novelists and all those who appreciate great literary works will love this place.

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Southernmost Point has a very iconic landmark, the giant red, black and yellow buoy. This massive marker signifies the southernmost point in the continental United States where the land and ocean meet. The land completely ends, and the Atlantic Ocean begins at this very marker. And we’re just 90 miles from Cuba!

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Hwy 1, Mile marker 0 is quite literally the end of the road! Or is the beginning? You will also find this marker near the Southernmost Point monument. Interestingly we are at the very end and even the very beginning at the same time! This actually made me feel very accomplished.

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And my bucket list dreams just keep coming true!

With All My Love,
The Vintage Gypsy

“She would be half a planet away, floating in a turquoise sea, dancing by moonlight to flamenco guitar.”

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Bucket List Dreams- Wynwood Walls

Miami's Infectious Art Scene-

Wynwood Walls

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Miami’s art scene, Wynwood Walls, is completely arresting. It proves to be difficult for one to fathom just how massive the Wynwood Walls are. Wynwood Walls is an entire art district encompassing the whole neighborhood! Wynwood Walls, located in the old industrial warehouse district, is an open-air urban concrete jungle, or graffiti park, with colorful, diverse walls which showcase tremendous displays of labor and love from some of the most talented artists far and wide.

 

Outdoor Museum

The art on the warehouse buildings in Wynwood Walls is splattered on just about every inch of the district. The artsy displays are vibrant and electrifying. You will soon discover that there are more and more art pieces as you explore deeper. This art district has to be one of the coolest spots in Miami! My time was splintered between the massive outdoor graffiti park and the eclectic indoor art museum featuring paintings and other art mediums.

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Indoor museum

I was here for the Fearless exhibit which featured new work from over ten artists. I fell in love with the Arabian art. My favorite pieces were the Arabian Nights and Japanese Geishas. The art pieces evoke emotion and are mesmerizing. There is a lot of canvas prints for purchase inside the art rooms.

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Street Art

It’s easy to spend the entire day at the walls, and I could have easily spent additional time exploring more of the incredible artistic creations. You can get some fascinating images here, and there are plenty of opportunities for photo-ops. There are also various art galleries, barrooms, and boutiques in the area. They have several spots to get a bite to eat, plus ice cream trucks and fruit stands. You should grab yourself a fresh cut pineapple or coconut and with a fancy umbrella straw in it and get to exploring.

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This place is definitely a sensory overload but in a good way. One of my favorite outdoor murals is the Asian wall art depicting the 10,000 Buddha’s. I love the art scene at Wynwood Walls, and in actuality, I  love all graffiti parks- check out my previous post on Hope Graffiti Park. 

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Almost every inch of the Wynwood area is covered in graffiti, wall murals, and street art. I saw the most fascinating pieces of art that genuinely evoked emotions-laughter, awe, joy, contemplation, compassion, sorrow, and understanding. This place makes you feel something! The walls completely surpassed my expectations. If you don’t visit the walls, you will do yourself a great disservice, because this place begs to be explored and enjoyed.

 

And my bucket list dreams just keep coming true!

With All My Love,
The Vintage Gypsy

She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn’t supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.”