Category Archives: Literary Tour

Literary Tour: Eat Your Way Through Paris’s Past


Memorable Meals in Montparnasse
This part of Paris was home to many Americans like Hemingway and Fitzgerald, as well as Joyce and a whole host of artists who frequented the bars and cafes… 

La Coupole
102 Boulevard du Montparnasse
Breakfast in La Coupole surrounded by 33 pillars. Hemingway was a regular

Le Dôme Café
108 Boulevard du Montparnasse
Lunch on seafood at Le Dôme, known as the Anglo-American café in its heyday

La Closerie des Lilas
171 Boulevard du Montparnasse
Spend the evening with food, wine and piano music like many literary luminaries

To discover literary eateries in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, keep reading

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Literary Tour: Hemingway’s Key West

The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum
907 Whitehead Street, Key West, Florida
Open 9am-5pm daily

A wonderful place to visit not least because of the resident six-toed cats! From the beautiful house, where you can view his studio, to the tropical gardens where you can feed the cats (there’s more than 60 of them), if the sun is shining you won’t get a much more relaxing, enjoyable experience.

What captured my imagination most when I visited in 2005 were the polydactyl felines.

A ship’s captain gave Hemingway a six-toed cat and there are descendants of that original puss living in the grounds. Magical.

If you see Archibald MacLeish (you’ll no doubt find him drinking from the water feature, like in the picture here) tell him I said hi.

To find out about more of Hemingway’s haunts, keep reading

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