Michael Palin's Hemingway Adventure
is a 1999 BBC
presented by Michael Palin
. It records Palin's travels as he visited many sites where Ernest Hemingway
had been. The sites include Spain
, Key West
, and Idaho
After the trip was over Michael Palin wrote a book
about the journey and his experiences. This book contains both Palin's text and many pictures by Basil Pao
, the stills photographer who was on the team.
The programme consists of four 50-minute episodes, as follows:
The programme starts out with Palin sitting on a beach reading a novel of Hemingway. After being chased by a fake bull
he ends up in Pamplona
, Spain. There he watches the famous bull run
and then goes to interview a professional matador
. Hemingway loved the bull run, and Palin confides that it must be an age thing - he can't stand watching it.
Travelling to Africa
where Hemingway went on many safaris, Palin goes to a local Maasai
circumcision where the teenage boys are dressed up in finery. "Which of you is the most beautiful here?" he asked. "We are all beautiful," replies the boy, "except you!" Afterwards, he catches a view of Mount Kilimanjaro
, Africa's highest point.
, Palin spends a bit of time exploring the city before going to Hemingway's birthplace, Oak Park
. After strolling through Hemingway's first home and singing some of his childhood songs, he goes back to... Read More