|Bodeguita del Medio - |
crowded even in the morning
|Tourists leave their mark|
|Inside La Bodeguita del Medio - as Cuban as you can imagine|
|Lobby of Hotel Ambos Mundos|
|A corner of the lobby dedicated to Hemingway with many photos and framed signature.|
|View from the roof top terrace at Hotel Ambos Mundos|
|Hotel Ambos Mundos|
When we arrived at the hotel we were a little dismayed to see a long queue at the elevator but tagged along anyway. The elevator takes guests to the roof top terrace bar and restaurant and we soon realised that that was where everyone was headed. We spent a few minutes admiring the view but then made our way to Room 511, now conserved as a museum to Ernest Hemingway with his belongings, furnishing and memorabilia still in place. It was somewhat of a surprise to find that there was only one other person waiting to see the large, airy corner room. Having it almost to ourselves was great because this meant a personal tour with the curator and plenty of time to hear about his life in Havana and examine the room's artifacts.
|Outside Room 511|
|Hemingway's bed at the Hotel|
|His typewriter under cover to protect it. His desk could be altered to be used either standing or sitting which he felt difficult after several serious back injuries|
|The bar staff prepare two dozen daiquiris at a time at El Floridita. Wonderful ambience.|
Far left of the photo a woman is embracing Hemingway's statue.
|Daiquiris at El Floridita - I'm in my happy place, and, no, it's not because of the drink!|
NOTE: Hemingway lived for 20 years at Finca la Vigia, 15km out of Havana. Visitors may explore the grounds but cannot enter the house which is much as he left it. You are, however, permitted to look through open windows and doors. We did not get to see this villa.