The Ritz-Carlton Magazine, 2009
Hemingway moved into this Spanish Colonial house with his second wife,
Pauline, in 1931. Two sons were raised here, even after his 1939 divorce and
journey to Cuba. Today, nearly five decades after his death, the home
remains chock full of his furniture and other possessions, offering vibrant
insight into the great American author who penned such classics here as For
Whom the Bell Tolls and The Snows of Kilimanjaro. Some 60 cats roam the
lushly landscaped gardens, and Papa’s Royal typewriter and Cuban cigarmaker's chair still sit in his studio.
One of the few wooden buildings to survive the invasion of Napoleon, Tolstoy’s
16-room winter retreat is filled with accoutrements of an active family with 13
children. Purchased by the legendary author in 1882 on the outskirts of the
city center, the house has a country feel. Visitors will see a dining table set
for soup, a full closet of party dresses, black boots Tolstoy cobbled himself and
the writing desk where Tolstoy worked even as his eyesight was failing him.
The Brontë sisters resided in this charming Yorkshire village several
hours north of London. Their home, a rent-free church parsonage, was where
Charlotte penned Jane Eyre, Emily wrote Wuthering Heights and Anne
completed Agnes Grey — all in the mid-1840s. The carefully restored Haworth
Parsonage, a museum since 1928, is a mecca for both Brontë lovers and other
anglophiles hungry to steep themselves in all things British. Just the spot for a
garden stroll and a fine cup of tea.
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