Nancy D. Brown, columnist, editor and host of the “What a Trip” blog, the Travel Bloggers’ Caravan site-of-the-day, tells us her favorite literary landmark is Cafe Iruna, a bar in Pamplona, Spain, that counted Ernest Hemingway among its clientele. “I’d just finished reading The Sun Also Rises and also visited the bull fighting ring where Hemingway hung out,” recalls Nancy of her visit to Papa’s former stomping grounds. “While I’m an avid equestrian and not a proponent of bull fighting, I set aside my prejudices and was open to experiencing all things Hemingway. From Pamplona, I moved on to San Sebastian, Spain, another Hemingway haunt. The guy got around!”
Hemingway attended his first bullfight during Pamplona’s legendary running of the bulls in July 1923, and he found the death-defying spectacle so enthralling that he returned nearly every year for the rest of the decade. He went on to immortalize his passion in The Sun Also Rises (which follows a dissolute band of expats who spend their days drinking brandy and abinsthe at Cafe Iruna) and a non-fiction work, Death in the Afternoon.
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