After pick up at your hotel, the excursion starts with a drive to “La Finca Vigía”, the former residence of the prominent American writer. “I live in Cuba, because I love Cuba”, Hemingway said when he expressed his affection for Cuba. Hemingway made Havana his part-time home for 20 years. His house, “Finca Vigia”, was where he wrote (among others) his novel “The Old Man and the Sea”, for which he received the Pulitzer Prize in 1953.This work is considered one of the 20th century’s most outstanding fiction pieces and possibly his most famous work. When he won the Nobel Prize for his life’s work, Hemingway dedicated the award to Cuba. The statue can be seen at the Santuario del Cobre in Santiago de Cuba.
Next stop is Cojimar (14km from Havana), where Hemingway used to dock his yatch El Pilar. A walking tour takes you to Hemingway’s statue, made by sculptor Fernando Boada with from old anchors, props, and tools salvaged by local fishermen. Here, you’ll visit the restaurant Las Terrazas, the preferred Cojimar hangout of the author and the Captain of his boat (Pilar); Gregorio Fuentes (cocktail included).
From here, we return to the capital to follow Hemingway’s trail in Old Havana, having a peek at room 511 in Hotel Ambos Mundos – where Hemingway used to stay in the 1930s. Breathe the atmosphere of those days in the restaurant-bars “la Bodeguita del Medio” and “Floridita”, the former is famous for its superb mojitos, the latter for its Daiquiris. In “Floridita” you will find a life-size bronze statue of Hemingway sculpted by Cuban artist José Villa Soberón.
Cubans don’t just hold Hemingway’s literary work in high esteem, we also praise his regular contact with the people. Hemingway’s legacy continues to strengthen the cultural links between the two countries.
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