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Ernest Hemingway’s Key West Home

February 17th, 2011 · 1 Comment

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This morning I walked the three short blocks from my lodging in Key West to Ernest Hemingway’s home when he lived here from 1931 to 1939. As a writer myself — albeit not quite as famous yet as Papa Hemingway — I considered the visit mandatory.

In fact, I enjoyed it a lot. The Hemingway Home is right across the street from the Key West Lighthouse that I had climbed two days ago.

The Key West Lighthouse from the Hemingway Yard

The Key West Lighthouse from the Hemingway Yard

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Asa Tift built the house in 1851, and Papa bought it 80 years later. It sits on one beautiful tropically landscaped acre and is the largest private lot in Key West.

Papa Probably Planted this African Tulip Tree in His Front Yard

Papa Probably Planted this African Tulip Tree in His Front Yard

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Papa loved cats, and the ones I saw today are descendants of the cats that he kept when he lived here. Many of them have extra toes, which he particularly loved.

The Cat Slept on the Master Bed

The Cat Slept on the Master Bed

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Papa may have been a tough man. But he had a slow spot in his heart for cats.

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  • 1 bodybuilding // Mar 3, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    What a sweet cat, he looks like a lot like my cat.

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