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Hemingway's Route

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  • Transportation throughout excursion.
  • English/Spanish-speaking guide.
  • Entrance fee to Finca Vigia and Room 511 Hotel Ambos Mundos.
  • Visit to Cojímar, the fishing community where Hemingway celebrated his Pulitzer prize in 1953.
  • Visit to La Bodeguita del Medio and Floridita Bars
  • Lunch at La bodeguita del Medio / Rest Roof Garden at Hotel Ambos Mundos

9:00 am: Meet in hotel and travel by bus about 15 km to the Finca Vigia, the farm that Ernest Hemingway bought in 1940. The Museum there is in the four buildings: Hemingway’s house, a three-story tower, a guest bungalow and a garage. The exhibits attempt to communicate some of the flavor of Hemingway’s life, with furnishings, hunting trophies, paintings and books that suggest something of his personality. This farm is where Hemingway wrote several things, including The Old Man and The Sea, the novel for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize.

The tour continues to Cojimar, a tiny fishing village where Hemingway kept his yacht, the Pilar. Cojimar is best known as the setting for that award-winning novel.

Proceed to Old Havana, to the corner of Mercaderes and Obispo Streets to visit the Ambos Mundos Hotel, built in the 1920´s and recently reopened after a long restoration. Off and on throughout the 1930´s, Hemingway slept in room 511 -"a gloomy room, 16 meters square, with a double bed made of ordinary wood, two night tables and a writing table with a chair" translated from the words of Gabriel Garcia Marquez. A plaque on the exterior wall reads "The novelist Ernest Hemingway lived in this Hotel Ambos Mundos during the decade of the 1930´s".

Walking along Obispo Street you find El Floridita. "My daiquiri at El Floridita and my mojito at La Bodeguita" Hemingway used to say. Here you will find a mix of tradition and good cuisine. This has been Cuba’s most famous restaurant since that time. Hemingway, John Ringling and various Cuban presidents have been regulars here because of the excellent food well presented and well served. Our special recommendation is that you do not leave the Island without trying one of the daiquiris concocted in the Floridita Bar.

Lunch at La bodeguita del Medio or Rest Roof Garden at Hotel Ambos Mundos.

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