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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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A RESTAURANT DECOR THAT IS SOOOO MONEY!

March is Travel & Helpful People month at Feng Shui By Fishgirl. One of the fun things about traveling for me is putting my feng shui eyes to good use to find unusual places to report about here. Tucked away on a back road off a back road in the already remote Big Pine Key, Florida is one such place. The No Name Pub is famous for being hard to find. Yet once you do, you’ll most certainly find it crowded with other people as this is a most popular destination about 30 miles from Key West. The food is really good pizza, local seafood, and pub fare. We recommend the Royal Pizza. However it’s the decor that caught my attention. Every square inch of ceiling and wall surface and columns has dollar bills stapled to it.

As you can see here, people write their names or other messages on the bills. Can you take a guess at how much money is attached to the No Name Pub’s interior? (By the way, there is an upstairs, too, but they only have half the space there covered with bills so far).

Hearts seem to be a big theme when deciding what message to draw on your dollar. That’s also sending a great feng shui message to the universe: Love and/or I Love Wealth.

Traditionally you will often find one dollar bill framed in restaurants to indicate the first dollar received by customers. Sometimes you’ll see a Ben Franklin framed. Even if they’ve never heard of feng shui, restaurant owners tend to have a sixth sense that honoring the first dollar is good for their luck. It is a symbolic ritual that enhances the ch’i energy—money attracts money—and that’s good feng shui.

We asked the waitress how much money there was stapled all about. She said that the last time someone counted it there was roughly $130,000 in dollar bills fluttering down from the ceiling and walls. There is often a 20 minute wait time for indoor seating which proves that the decor is attracting a lot of business to the No Name Pub. This is one instance where “clutter” is great feng shui!

By the way, one of the most fun things about Big Pine Key is that it is home to an endangered species of miniature Key Deer. They roam freely all over the place. You’re not allowed to feed them. But they are amazing to see because of their petite size.

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