on February 21, 2009
This was a fun tour and my husband and I really enjoyed looking at the house and gardens. The house and grounds are interesting for their history and uniqueness. There are many fun stories about Hemingway, his wives, and his life in and out of Key West. There are some artifacts, and furniture-his studio is just the way he left it. Hemingway only lived there for 9 years. The tour guide is well rehearsed, and is clearly favoring you (in his mind) with his performance, which he himself is clearly bored with. He then offers to answer questions if you are tipping, and does not have time if you don't. When only one of us tipped, he commented on how "I see only one of you gets it" and walked away shaking his head and muttering under his breathe.Had the tour been free or a token donation, I could understand this, but it was $24 to get in which would seem to be more than enough to pay for a 30 minute group tour with out needing to supplement his pay. I would not go on about this so much if it had not completely ruined what had been an enjoyable tour. If your tour guide is a short graying man with a salt and pepper beard, I would suggest you wait for the next tour.
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