Ernest Hemingway: Madrid, Spain

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Ernest Hemingway: Madrid, Spain

Ernest Hemingway: Madrid, Spain

What Shaped Him: Hemingway had a well-known love affair with the city of Madrid. Born in Oak Park, Illinois -- a place he described as having "wide lawns and narrow minds" -- Hemingway first traveled to Madrid in 1932 to research bullfighting, which plays a significant role in his novel "The Sun Also Rises." Madrid was also where he wrote his nonfiction work "Death in the Afternoon."

Relive the Story: Travelers can wander in Hemingway's footsteps through a maze of cafes, bars and bullrings in Madrid. Start with a visit to Plaza de Los Toros de Las Ventas, considered to be the home of bullfighting in Spain. Afterward, you might need a drink from Botin, a restaurant that dates back to 1725 and another frequent Hemingway haunt.

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