Hidden behind a brick wall on the largest hill
my cousin told me about her visit there
some years ago and I had always wanted to visit...
because I have
read about his relationships and marriages
and I found him a fascinating character...
and you know how intrigued I am about the complexities of relationship...
He was married 4 times..
and he lived in Key West with
The home is well cared for and was bought by a local
family, but so many people stopped by to see where
Hemingway had lived that normal life became impossible
and they decided to just make it a
we arrived early in the morning
but the place was already crowded and I took
precious few inside photos due to the tourists...
the home is filled with memorabilia, photos and personal mementos
as well as furnishings...
Pauline loved ceramic tiles
and had quite a fashion sense...
she was a writer for Vogue Magazine and had
been a "friend" of his first wife
The house is still home to the descendants of
the original Hemingway cats...
and they are everywhere ...
As you can see below...
I think they are fed on each tour...
and I do mean everywhere...
the house has the largest pool in Key West...
When Pauline found out that Hemingway was having an affair
with soon to be wife number 3
she had his boxing ring removed and put in the biggest pool
that she could..
The cost of the pool was 20 thousand dollars
and when he found out the price,
he took a penny out of his pocket
and threw it on the patio at her feet and shouted
she had taken his last
so Pauline had the penny embedded in the patio
so she could tell everyone that
she was the woman
who took his last
His studio was built above the garage, which is now the
and he had a cat walk built to go from
the second floor veranda of the house to his studio so he could
go to work each morning...
I am not fond of dead stuffed things, but it was fascinating to see the books on his shelves
and the furnishing...
the grounds were pretty spectacular...
It was truly worth the visit..
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Thanks for joining in on the travelogue...
I will have some new art for you next