One of the most exciting parts of our Cuban adventure was the visit to Hemingway’s plantation, Finca Vigca (tranlastion: Lookout Farm). OMG. It was a goosebump experience for me.
Located ten miles from Havana, in the village of San Francisco de Paula, Finca Vicga is where Hemingway wrote A Moveable Feast and Old Man and the Sea (inspired by a Cuban fisherman, I might add). I mean, Really. Does it get cooler than this?
Papa Hemingway (as he was so lovingly named) lived in Cuba for a longer period than he lived anywhere, from 1939 until 1960. When he left Cuba, he donated his house to the Cuban people. Finca Vigca is exactly as he left it. Seriously. Not one thing out of place. There are between 5000 & 6000 books here. I nearly had convulsions (the good kind!).
The Living Room
Books everywhere, even in the bathroom!
Papa’s Typewriter. Because of a leg injury, he wrote standing up. The book under the typewriter perfected the typing position for him. More goosebumps!
The Dining Room was the only place in the house where there were no books.
One of his shirts hanging in his closet, just as he left it.
Pilar, Hemingway’s beloved boat.
Back in Havana, El Floridita was a favorite haunt of Hemingway’s. It turned into a favorite haunt of ours whilst we were there as well. Somethin’ ’bout those Daiquiri’s. I’m just sayin’….
Our trip to Cuba was certainly a life-changing one that I will always remember. I’m so grateful for this phenomenal trip put together by the oh so special Indagare. Wow. Wow. Wow.
You can’t get away from yourself by moving from one place to another.
– Ernest Hemingway