Daily Archives: March 12, 2012

HEMINGWAY HOUSE IS THE CAT’S MEOW

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Any visit to Key West must include a visit to the Hemingway House. Unless you are allergic to cats, that is. This historic home is residence to 40+ cats descended from Ernest Hemingway’s original double-pawed pets. They have the run of the place and are not particularly shy of visitors.

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The tranquil pool has ceramic elephants on either side of it. Good feng shui guardians as they represent Ganeshe, remover of obstacles!

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This is the writing room that Hemingway did his work in. I would think that awesome swimming pool and the bars on Duval Street would be major distractions, though!

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The cat above literally came out from behind the books on the shelf in Hemingway’s writing studio! If you look closely you’ll notice the extra toes on his paw.

ImageI love the tile patterns throughout the property–not sure if these were always pastel or are simply faded from sun and wear of the constant flow of tourists in the gardens. The yellow and black Art Deco tiles shown below were used in his bathrooms.

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This cat condo was built to resemble a doll house replica of the famously shuttered Hemingway House.

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HANGING OUT IN SRI LANKA

One trend I’ve been following for awhile is eco-tourism and upscale sustainable design. Case in point: the Heritance Kandalama Hotel in Sri Lanka. The 3 pools at the resort were built with an ancient Sri Lankan filtration technology. The roof has a lush overhanging garden reminiscent of the fabled hanging gardens of Babylon.

A great destination for bird watchers and trekkers, too. Meanwhile the nearby Dambulla Cave Temple holds 150 Buddah statues that date back to the 19th Century. With this type of attraction, Sri Lanka seems poised to become the next Bali.

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