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North America » United States » Florida » Keys » Key West January 12th 2007

We love Key West, from the moment we pulled into the Conch Harbor Marina and stepped off the boat and into the party. It certainly is a wild and crazy town. And we stayed at a great marina, with a big swimming pool and Monty’s bar and restaurant. Across the street was Pepe’s, one of the oldest and best restaurants in town with amazing food (which we enjoyed on many occasions). And it was a short walk along the docks, thru the historic seaport village, to get to the heart of town- Duval Street. Duval Street is amazing, what a concept. It is a mile long stretch with bars and restaurants and galleries and shops- and did I mention- bars. There is over 100 bars located on Duval, some as tiny as an alleyway and others ... read more
Conch Harbor Marina
Pepe's
Sloppy Joe's

North America » United States » Florida » Keys » Key West December 28th 2006

It's Christmas time here in Key West- like none other.... read more
The Bight Before Christmas
Rudoulph
Ho Ho Ho and a Bottle of Rum

North America » United States » Florida » Keys » Key West December 12th 2006

Key West Florida is the Southernmost City in the Continental United States. In this little tropical paradise a common man, tourist, can walk in the footsteps of some of most celebrated of celebrities this country has ever produced This little place was one of the favorite haunts of Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, Robert Frost and President Harry Truman. More about these celebrities in a later blog. It was also the hometown of George Mira, the great All American quarterback for the Miami University Hurricanes. Key West is closer to Havana Cuba than Miami. It is about a three-hour drive from Miami. It is 160 miles over one bridge after another. Havana Cuba is only 90 miles. It many Cuba historic connections. Many Cubans moved to Key West during Cuba’s unsuccessful war for independence from Spain in ... read more
Avalon our B & B
Avalon at night
Our bed in the B & B

North America » United States » Florida » Keys » Key West December 12th 2006

I think any high school student who had the privilege of taking the tour through Hemingway’s home and museum in Key West would surely take their studies of Hemingway’s literature more seriously. Here, through an outstanding guide, Hemingway comes alive. Here you hear the stories and see the articles of Hemingway’s life that inspired the stories he wrote. The house itself is an interesting story. Built in 1851 by Asa Tift, a marine architect and salvage wrecker. Tift found out what is true throughout Florida. When the topsoil is removed you hit shale or limestone. Tift also found out the lot was sixteen feet above sea level. So he quarried the stone for the house right from the sight. He not only got the stone for the house but also ended with the only basement ... read more
Our guide
Rod and Reel
Spanish Civil War Helmit

North America » United States » Florida » Keys » Key West December 12th 2006

President Harry S. Truman brought some notoriety to Key West when his doctor advised him to get some rest and sun. Truman was advised the Base Commanders house was empty at Key West Naval Base. Truman visited the base, like the climate and surrounding so much he made 11 visits totaling 175 days during his administration. It became known as Harry S. Truman Little White House. Franklin D. Roosevelt visited the base in 1939. Thomas Edison lived-in the house during World War I while donating his services to the Navy. In 1948-49 General Dwight D. Eisenhower held a series of meeting that resulted in the creation of the Department of Defense. In 1956 he returned to recoup from a heart attack. John Kennedy made a second visit in 1962 immediately following the Cuban Missile Crisis. Former ... read more
Truman's Little White House
Sign
Timeline

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North America » United States » Florida » Keys » Key West December 12th 2006

An old man met me at the door and asks what I wanted. “I want to see the Robert Frost house.” The old man said: “Robert Frost was a deadbeat, he lived free in a cottage in the back. This house belonged to Jessie Porter.” So I was straighten out on the ownership and told I could enter. “Just don’t lift anything and stick it in your pocket.” I was given a couple sheets of paper for my self-guided tour. Captain George Carey built the house, which dates from 1834. Jessie Porter saved it from destruction in 1934. She lived-in the house until her death in 1979. The house is just as she left it. The entry hall has a Venetian glass chandelier similar to one in the Hemingway House. Jessie and Pauline Hemingway were close ... read more
Robert Frost Little Cottage House
The Dinning Room
The Backyard

North America » United States » Florida » Keys » Key West October 11th 2006

After a good nights sleep at the Lemon Tree Inn, I checked out and headed of for Florida City and a night at the Everglades Hostel. The road was a lot more interesting this time as it went straight through the Everglades National Park. The first rest stop (cludgie) I stopped at was an interesting affair. After parking the Jeep and getting out I couldn't help but notice a pack of vultures started to circle overhead. I used the facilities, in a number 1 capacity thank God, but was surprised that it was purely a hole in the ground. Yes there was a seat, but it bottomed straight into the ground. Granted you were inside, bit the cludgie had no flush handle, no rinsing purifying water. It was a case of in you go, do your ... read more
Keys Road
Keys Road 2
Keys Road 3

North America » United States » Florida » Keys » Key West May 3rd 2006

We said a temporary goodbye to Key West this afternoon as we treked north to pick up "the mammas" (a.k.a. Linda and Elizabeth) at Orlando International Airport. They were to depart Providence at 7:50pm and arrive Orlando at 10:50pm. We could hardly wait. As a matter of fact we had continplated having them FedEx'd to us, but my mom would be upset at the cost, so we opted for budget friendly Southwest Airlines! :-) When we awoke in Key West it was another PERFECT DAY. One of the most uplifting feelings (to me) is opening a window (in this case a screen door to a private balcony) to see a brilliant sunny day, feel a cool breeze, and hear the rustling of tree palms blowing in the wind. I sat at the desk, did some work, ... read more
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North America » United States » Florida » Keys » Key West April 30th 2006

Where else can you see a bunch of drag queens racing down the street (in high heels no less) pushing people in beds? Where else can you find a bunch of locals and tourists from around the world aged INFANT to WAY TOO OLD TO BE IN THE SUN THIS LONG...cheer such a parade? Where can you walk by a pirate museum, key lime pie factory, seaplane tour booth, tattoo parlor, theatre, tropical grille, honkey tonk, gay dance club, insurance company, real estate company, and beach bar -- all on the SAME street? Where can you hear LIVE music from 10am-4am 365 days a year? See a dog bark out a tune to an Abba song being played on a flute? Have a kind (albeit drunk) man wrap his arms around you, give you a kiss ... read more
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North America » United States » Florida » Keys » Key West April 29th 2006

Hello from sunny, warm, beautiful, friendly Key West! Yes, I like it here quite a bit! :-) I can't believe April and I are actually here -- and that I am typing yet another blog. To say the journey back down to Key West was, um...INTERESTING would be an understatement. I always go into these things thinking (and hoping) I can write a nice, short, to-the-point blog -- but then I think of ALL THE STUFF that has happened and I am compelled to share it with you...lol! So get comfy....or drunk...your choice. I guess I should start from the last time I wrote. I was in the land of glitz, trump and taffy -- Atlantic City. I was there without my camera, with a cold and an overall feeling of unease. Luckily we decided to ... read more
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