On day three we rode the bus out to Ernest Hemingway's house. He's a big deal in Cuba. In 1940 with his wife Martha, he purchased a home outside Havana, Cuba and lived there for the next twenty years. The Hemingways named the site Finca Vigia, or “lookout farm.” And true to its name, the views are magnificent. As is the property, and the lush gardens and exotic trees and plants that surround this spacious, comfortable home.
Hemingway wrote seven books in Cuba, including The Old Man and the Sea, A Movable Feast and Islands in the Stream. He left Cuba following the Revolution in 1959 and committed suicide within a year of leaving. This site, Cuba Journal has some interesting facts about the man and his connections to Cuba.
Following a sketching session with Jane, we enjoyed lunch together at a nearby restaurant, sampling Cuban specialties and drinking mojitos. Eating meals together is one of my favorite memories as we began to feel like old friends, sharing a very special experience.
|Hemingway's Home in Cuba|
|The Tower where his writing studio was located|
|After seeing where he ate, slept, wrote etc, the joke was "Hemingway pooped here."|
|These trees reminded me of Palermo's Orto Botanico, called Moreton Bay fig (Ficus macrophylla|
|Tower writing desk and typewriter|
|The famous Pilar, his fishing boat|
|Our lunch spot "Ajaco"|
|We stopped to visit this Fortress along the route|
|Color and Texture!|