The rest of the sites can be visited incombination with the visit to Mundaka, depending on their likes, interests andavailability. We consider that the whole tour takes about one and a half days.
In this brief explanation we have placed thevisit sites in an ideal order to go by car, with no go-backs.
The succession of visit places as outlined herewould be perfect for those who want to do the complete H'sM tour.
* Meeting point: depending on the itinerary
(Possible: Astei - Kanala, vía Laga)
Introduction of the tour guide, Basque writerEdorta Jimenez, who has written two books about Hemingway, one in Basque andanother in Spanish: “Hemingway eta euskaldunak Zerbitzu Sekretuetan”(Susa, 2003; Basque) – meaning literally: 'Hemingway and the Basques in theSecret Services' – and “San Fermingway y otras historias de ErnestHemingway” (Txalaparta, 2005; Spanish) – 'San Fermingway and otherstories of Ernest Hemingway”. Brief explanation of the tour, which has beendesigned by Edorta himself as member of the Culture and Leisure Services'Cooperative Urdaibai On, which is the author of the project.
* Kanala. Andres Untzain.
Who was Andres Untzain?
Kanala, one of the most secret corners inUrdaibai, with stunning views over Urdaibai estuary, which is a Biospherereserve. This is where priest Andres Untzain, who Hemingway referred to as his“spiritual manager” in Cuba, spent some years of his life. An ideal place tointroduce the relationship between Ernest Hemingway and what himself called“Basque Country” and his friends “the Basques”.
Visit at the life-size pottery-madereproduction mural of Pablo Picasso's Guernica. Brief interpretation ofthe artwork. Reading of the poem “The Victory at Guernica” (1938) by Frenchpoet Paul Eluard, who was a good friend of Picasso. What was the relationbetween Ernest Hemingway and “the Basques' spiritual capital”, as called byjournalist George L. Steer? Texts written by Hemingway about Gernika. Afterthis, there is option to visit the closest air-raid shelter to Gernika Tree,which is a symbol of the Basque Country.
* Busturia – Altamira. Txirapozu's Manor.
Who was Jose María Ucelay?
Short introduction of Ucelay. His relationshipwith Ernest Hemingway and Juan Duñabeitia, the great sinksy, as thewriter called him. Who was this man with whom the writer built up such a strongfriendship, which lasted like just a few of them throughout his life, until hisdeath? What kind of relationship did he have with Pablo Picasso and how didthis influence the future of Guernica?
- Santa Catalina
In front of the sea, another special corner inUrdaibai. A perfect place to explain the context of the Basques in Cuba and inparticular how they met Hemingway and became friends with him. What happenedthere during the WWII years? What about what Ernest Hemingway tells in hisposthumous work “Islands in the Stream”?
- Walking Mundaka
The Old Man and the Sea in the Basque tradition: IndalexioTribisarrospe.
Hemingway's visit to Mundaka during whathimself called “the Dangerous Summer”.
- The Casino
When Ernest Hemingway arrived at this place hisgreat friend and spiritual manager, Andres Untzain “Don Black”, had alreadydied. Precisely at this very place. Or almost. A good place to recover, fromHemingway's own testimonies, some of his culinary likes.
- Mundaka's cemetery, The grave of AndresUntzain.
This is where the writer's great friend lies.Before this grave he bowed and prayed in that last visit to Mundaka, to thiscemetery, which had been a battle field back in 1937, during the battle ofMount Sollube, about which Ernest Hemingway wrote his war columns from Madrid.What might Ernest Hemingway think at this place, accompanied by his lastsecretary – who would soon become Valery Hemingway – and some of his Basquefriends, Sinsky among others?
Visit to J. M. Ucelay's home, next to currentFishing Museum, where his most important work is exhibited: The Port of Bermeo,painted between 1931 and 1934 (the size of the mural is 15.8m x 2m). ErnestHemingway visited Bermeo during the Dangerous Summer. This visit must havereminded him of, not just Ucelay, but another good friend of his, Robert Capa,who was one of the founders of Magnum News Agency and took some of his mostfamous photographs at the battle of Mount Sollube. Another founder of Magnum,and doubtlessly an acquaintance of the writer during his Paris years, was DavidSeymour Chim. He also visited Bermeo during the first winter of the Civil War,1936-1937 and there, he took some of the best pictures of his entire career.The itinerary includes, at least, a visit to the port where Valerie Hemingwayphotographed Ernest Hemingway and the Fishing Museum.
Depending on the likes and availability of thecustomers, the tour could finish at the Casino of Mundaka, tasting a pintxo anda glass of wine. Also, there is the possibility of having lunch or dinner atthe restaurant of the Casino. In order to do so a previous table reservation isrequired.
Every stop on the itinerary is accompanied bypictures and written material, including readings of various testimonies andselected texts by Hemingway himself. All of the materials are taken from the tour guide Edorta's private collection,and the reading of texts is carried out by using his own books, all of themlegally edited, either in Spanish, English or any other language.
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