It’s been a year since the U.S. and Cuba began normalizing relations. Tourism, business and cultural exchanges are booming. And there is another curious benefactor of those warmer ties — Ernest Hemingway, or at least, his legacy. The writer lived just outside of Havana for 20 years, and that house, called the Finca Vigia, has long been a national museum.
From the gentle heights behind the house, over the tops of tropical trees, you can see the modest skyline of Havana and the blue sea beyond, fading into sky.
That vista gave this homestead its name: Finca Vigía — Lookout Farm. This is where American author Ernest Hemingway lived and wrote from 1939 to 1960.
It’s a one-story, cream-colored, stucco villa built in the 1880s — not big, just comfortable, the kind of easygoing place that would suit a hillside in Italy’s Tuscany as well as it does this one in Cuba.