Posted by: mattrenner | October 12, 2008

Day 32-Redfish Outlet Lake

On my last day I felt it was necessary to do what Hemingway often enjoyed doing, fishing. Although it was not deep sea fishing, I got some of the feel. I got up early and packed becuase I had a flight to catch at 1:38 p.m. I drove to Redfish Outlet Lake and started fishing. A couple hours passed and I didn’t catch anything. I was pretty mad. So I got in my car and drove to the airport. My flight arrived back in Indianapolis at 9:51 p.m. and cost me $207. I picked up my car from the parking lot and drove home. This was a pretty eventful (and expensive) trip, but I had the time of my life.

Final Cost of Trip: $28,425.98

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Posted by: mattrenner | October 12, 2008

Day 31-Hemingway Home in Ketchum

I took a venture today to the third and final Hemingway home in my trip. I went to the Hemingway home and asked the owners, Jack and Angela Hemingway, If they would give me a tour. They agreed and showed me around the house. There were many relics and pieces of history all over the house. There was even an original Picaso painting with a personal note to Hemingway from Picaso himself. I stood in the very spot where Hemingway sat typing out stories on his typewriter.

After the tour of the home I headed back to the hotel. I stopped at Subway on the way back for some good ole’ American fast food. I got a meal for $6. It was then back to the hotel for some sleep.

Running Total: $28,218. 98

Posted by: mattrenner | October 12, 2008

Day 30-Silver Creek Preserve

Today I got up and had a light breakfast from the hotel’s buffet. Since Hemingway seemed to be so close to nature so often, I wanted to go to a nature preserve, so I went to Silver Creek Preserve. I decided that I wanted to go on a hike on my own. I packed a small lunch (from Wendy’s, $10) and went on a 3 hour hike. Along the way I saw many forms of wildlife, the landscape was beautiful this time of year. I saw some dear, which I’m sure Hemingway hunted, and some wild turkey. After finding a quiet place to sit and have lunch I sat and reminisced about how Hemingway felt when he was in the wild. I hiked back to my car and drove back to my hotel. I got myself a cocktail at the bar for $10 and went upstairs and went to bed.

Running Total: $28,212. 98

Posted by: mattrenner | October 12, 2008

Day 29-Marina Hemingway

I got up late this morning, past noon. I have no idea what made me sleep that late, but it was OK, I had a light schedule today. I ate lunch in the Hotel’s cafe for $15. My last stop in Cuba is the Marina Hemingway. This is the Marina that Hemingway often used and his boat the Pilar can be seen here. I couldn’t go in the boat but I could see it from the outside. It was pretty neat

I had to catch my flight to Cancun and then from Cancun to Denver, then from Denver I would fly to Boise, Idaho. The trip lasted around 9 and a half hours and cost me $1133.

I get to Boise and pick up my rental car that cost me $180 and drive to Ketchum, where I check into my hotel, the Bald Mountain Lodge, which is $150 a night. I’m about to collapse so goodnight.

Running Total: $28,192.98

Posted by: mattrenner | October 12, 2008

Day 28-Cojimar & Floridita

Today I got up, had some breakfast, and was on my way. I took a bus, costing my $10, to Cojimar. Cojimar is a small fishing village that became well known thanks to Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea. After just reading the novel, I could see excellent comparisons between the town and lifestyle described in the book and the one before my eyes. It was a quaint little villiage with its heritage still intact. After the excursion there and back I had built up quite an appetite. I made it one of my top priorities to make it to Hemingway’s “favourite” restaurant, El Floridita. I have to say that this restaurant was the best one I’ve been to on my trip. The price was definitely do-able and there was even entertainment. I had the Churassco and a Daiquiri. The Churassco is a butterfly cut filet mignon grilled to perfection with himichuri sause. My bill came to around $45, but I didn’t care. The food was excellent and the entertainment was just as good. After this I returned to my hotel room and watched some TV, but now I’m going to bed.

Running Total: $26, 414. 98

Posted by: mattrenner | October 12, 2008

Day 27-Stuff

I don’t know what I’m going to do when I get home, not having these breakfast buffets provided to me. After breakfast I headed to the Finca Vigia, which is a basically a Hemingway Museum. The home belonged to Hemingway’s third wife and was abandoned by Hemingway when Castro’s revolution started. The house has been preserved as is from when he left. The house contains his personal library of over 9,000 books. The rooms are open, but roped off. For only $8 I got to see lots of history. It seemed as if Hemingway was still there the way things were and there was an eerie feeling in the air as I walked around. I returned the central Havana to eat at a restaurant called La Guarida. It was a very elegant restaurant. Many famous people from all over the world have eaten there. I had the “Pargo to the Orange”. The pargo fish is grilled with a special orange sauce spread over it. This, along with a water, cost me about $70. After this, I’ve come back to my room for a good nights sleep. Good night.

Running Total: $26,349.98

Posted by: mattrenner | October 12, 2008

Day 26-Check-in at Havana

I use the rest of the remaing day to check into my room at the Hotel Park View ($159 a night) and be lazy. I’m pretty tired so I’m going to bed.

Running Total: $26, 271. 98

Posted by: mattrenner | October 12, 2008

Day 25-Venice Proper

Today I got up and took advantage of the breakfast buffet again and got going to see the day’s sights. I traveled to Venice Proper with a walk to the Piazza San Marco. I went to the Basilica de San Marco and then to the Campanile by way of elevator to see a birds eye view of Venice. After coming down from the bell tower and experiencing that fantastic view, I decided to take a gander at the Museo Correr. The museum showcases a lot of history on Venice. Museum entrance was free.

My travel agent recommended that I go Caffe Florian, Venice’s most literary and oldest cafe. I sat and had a tea ($8) in the well decorated cafe. Next it was time to hit up Harry’s Bar, a famous watering hole often frequented by Hemingway to get a Bellini. I had the drink the caffe is famous for, the Bellini, and the dish they are famous for, the Carpaccio dish. The Bellini is white peach juice mixed with prosecco. It was to die for. “The Carpaccio is a plate of trimmed sirloin sliced wafer thin beef – dressed with a Jackson Pollock spray of mayonnaise mixed with lemon juice,” (source). This meal did not come cheap, it ran be about $60.

It was now time for me to depart for Cuba, but before I could get there, I’d have to take a flight to Frankfurt, France, and then to Cancun, and from there I would be able to get a flight to Cuba. The whole trip lasted around 17 hours and cost me $1107.

Running Total: $25, 794.98

Posted by: mattrenner | October 11, 2008

Day 24-Hotel Gritti Palace and other locations

I got up around 10:30 (a little late) and went down to get some free breakfast. The choice was not as vast as the last hotel I was at but it would suffice. My travel agent has planned for me to go take a visit to the place where Hemingway read of his own demise in a newspaper, the Hotel Gritti Palace. In the hotel’s lounge Hemingway sat reading the days news. Hemingway had the rare opportunity of reading his own obituary on the front page. When Hemingway’s plane went down near the Nile River, rumor had spread that he had in fact died in the crash. I had no time to waste, so I headed off to my next destination, the Schio Country Club, located in the town of Schio. The Country Club is the name given to the headquarters of the Red Cross Ambulance Corps. in which Hemingway served. After this I visited the Fossalta do Piave, which is where Hemingway was wounded as an ambulance driver when he was just 18 years old. I went back to the Hotel Gritti Palace and ate out on the terrace at the Club del Doge restaurant. I had the liver wrapped fillet of beef encrusted in filo dough and a glass of wine. The meal was absolutely amazing. The service and views were excellent as well. Gondolas passed in front of the terrace every couple of minutes. The meal cost me $175 and afterwards I headed up to my room for some much needed rest.

Running Total: $24, 619.98

Posted by: mattrenner | October 11, 2008

Day 23- Arrival in Venice

The hotel my travel agent has booked is the Hotel Le Boulevard. It’s $453 a night, which makes it the most expensive room I’ve stayed at so far. The rooms are pretty nice with a rustic feel. They have small TVs but thats ok, I prbly won’t watch a lot it. I used the rest of the day to lounge around and catch some shut eye.

Running Total: $24,444.98

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