As Florida celebrates ‘Hemingway Days’ festival, we take a look at the many wonderful places the well-travelled author left his mark, and how you can follow in his footsteps on your own Hemingway-inspired adventure.
The Hemingway connection: In 1918 Hemingway was awarded the Silver Medal of Military Valor for dragging an Italian soldier to safety during a battle in which he was badly wounded. Recovering in a Milanese hospital, Hemingway fell for an American nurse. The romance came to an end a year later, leaving Hemingway heartbroken and inspiring the relationship in A Farewell to Arms.
On the Hemingway trail: On a luxury holiday in Italy, visit Rome and Sardinia before spending a few nights at the Villa d'Este, a luxurious getaway set within 25 acres of ornate gardens on the banks of Lake Como, just outside Milan.
The Hemingway connection: In 1921, Hemingway travelled to Paris with his first wife, Elizabeth Hadley Richardson. Working as a foreign correspondent, he became involved with a circle of writers and so began the first chapter of his literary career. In 1925 he returned to Paris, where a long and turbulent friendship with F. Scott Fitzgerald was born.
On the Hemingway Trail: For a touch of luxury, spend a few nights at La Reserve Paris, which boasts wonderful views over the Eiffel Tower.
The Hemingway connection: In the hope that it would toughen up their unborn son, Hemingway brought his pregnant wife to a bullfight in Pamplona in 1923. In 1937, he returned to Spain to report on the Civil War and narrated the anti-fascist propaganda film ‘The Spanish Earth’.
On the Hemingway Trail: On our itinerary, Luxury Holiday in Spain: Oranges and Olive Groves, visit the elegant Andalucían cities of Cordoba, Grenada and Seville (staying at the Hacienda de San Rafael, above), before unwinding on the pristine beaches of Marbella.
The Hemingway connection: Now on wife number two, Hemingway visited Kenya with Pauline Pfeiffer, whom he married in 1927. Hemingway fell in love with Africa on a ten week safari, and his African travels inspired Green Hills of Africa, The Snows of Kilimanjaro and The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber.
On the Hemingway Trail: Kenya is all about wildlife. Whether you’re after a safari with the family, looking to combine it with a trip to Zanzibar or the Seychelles, or simply want to spend your whole holiday animal-spotting, Exsus can tailor make pretty much any luxury safari in Kenya.
The Hemingway connection: In 1934 Hemingway set sail in the Caribbean, where he developed his famous passion for fishing. During this period he also penned To Have and Have Not.
On the Hemingway Trail: Want to relax on golden sand shores lined with palm trees while looking out over turquoise seas? Take some time out on the beaches of the Grenadines and Barbados on our luxury holiday in the Caribbean.
The Hemingway connection: Hemingway lived in Cuba for two decades after settling there in 1940 with wife three of four, journalist Martha Gellhorn. For Whom the Bell Tolls was published in the same year.
On the Hemingway Trail: Cuba’s only five star hotel, Saratoga, is the perfect base from which to explore Havana, the city that captivated Hemingway so much. End each day in the fabulous rooftop pool.
The Hemingway connection: In the 1958, Hemingway caught a 700 pound marlin in Peru while filming the movie based on The Old Man and The Sea.
On the Hemingway Trail: Explore Peru’s jungle lowlands, its vibrant colonial city of Cuzco and, of course, the Incan ruin of Machu Picchu by rail and river on our luxury holiday in Peru.
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