THE FAMOUS BALCONY
The Hemingway House and Museum in Key West is a must-see if you come to town. I’ve uploaded a video at the bottom for anyone interested and made some notes that I’ll share with you now.
The Hemingway House is a very popular place to get married. Ironic really as Hemingway was married 4 times himself.
THE FAMOUS HEMINGWAY CATS
The Cats are very territorial. They chase non-Hemingway cats off the property. There are over 50 cats, each have the 6-toe gene, though not all have 6 toes.
These are called ‘polydactyl’ cats. They are very spoiled. They have their own vet that visits once a week and an endless buffet of food.
They have complete run of the place. They also have their own Instagram account.
Hemingway liked living by the lighthouse. Apparently it guided him home when drunk.
The rickety wall you’ll see that surrounds the house was built in the 60’s when Key West started to become a haven for hawkers and tourists.
It’s not straight. It does not have the plaque that you see in the film Licence to Kill.
Hemingway wrote 50% of his canon here. He would write from 6am to 12pm and spend the rest of the day fishing or drinking. Much like Ian Fleming.
A QUICK HEMINGWAY STORY
His swimming pool was installed by his wife (sorry forget the name) and Hemingway was reportedly furious as this used to be his boxing ring.
He thought his wife used his money, so he threw a penny from his pocket on the wet cement shouting, ‘here take my last penny’.
That penny is still there in the cement In fact the wife paid for the pool. Her uncle Gus paid for the house, $8,000 I was told.
The houses foundations is built from calcium Limestone and has survived every storm.
WHAT HAPPENED TO HEMINGWAY?
Hemingway himself was bi-poplar and in those days, the best remedy was considered shock therapy.
This eventually took its toll on Hemingway, who had survived 9 concussions, numerous car wrecks, 2 plane crashes and a war wound to the knee.
He eventually took his own life. But not in this house. The cats are buried in this house also.
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