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North America » United States » Florida » Keys » Key West March 23rd 2018

Today we have arrived at Key West, the last stop of our seven day cruise through the Western Caribbean. There are two other ships in port with us, the Carnival Sensation and a Royal Caribbean ship docked at the main harbor in town so we must use the facilities at the adjacent naval station. Although it's just an extension of the commercial pier, it's on an active military base and access is restricted. Once off the ship passengers will be escorted off the base and no photos are allowed while on the facility. Our alarm sounds at 7:30am and minutes later the immigration instructions start. Although we will be docking in Ft Lauderdale tomorrow, Key West is the first US port we are arriving at after visiting foreign ports so that is where immigration officials will ... read more
Bird's Eye View of the Island
Trains & Trolleys Taking Us to Town
Typical Breakfast

North America » United States » Florida » Keys » Key West August 17th 2017

Jeudi dix-sept Août, on se réveille vers huit heures, nous devons être au port de Key West pour neuf heures trente. Ici, le petit déjeuner se prend au bord de la piscine. Il fait très beau ce matin, pas un seul nuage en vue. Il y a déjà des gens dans la piscine, c'est vrai que ça donne bien envie d'un petit plongeon pour se mettre en appétit. Le petit déjeuner est très simple, mais ça tombe plutôt bien parce qu'il faut se dépêcher, nous ne devons pas rater le départ du bateau et il faut remonter tout Duval Street. Key West est calme ce matin, les gens arrivent à leur travail,ouvrent les boutiques. Après une demi-heure de marche, on arrive au port. Il y a déjà du monde qui attend au bord du ponton. Devant ... read more
Le port de Key West
Un bateau de croisière qui quitte Key West
Toute voile dehors

North America » United States » Florida » Keys August 16th 2017

Mercredi seize Août, on entame notre dernière semaine en Floride et nous sommes bien décidés d'en profiter jusqu'au bout. On a un peu de temps aujourd'hui, alors on en profite pour prendre un petit déjeuner copieux avant de partir vers les Keys. Les Keys sont un archipel à l’extrême Sud de la Floride. Il est composé de plus de mille cinq cent îles, dont les plus importantes sont Key Largo, la première des îles, et Key West, petit paradis, à deux cent kilomètres de Miami et seulement à cent quarante kilomètres de Cuba. Une route, l'Overseas Highway, constituée de ponts posés sur l'océan relie les différentes îles. On a l'impression de rouler sur l'eau qui offre des reflets turquoises magnifiques. Vers midi, nous arrivons sur l’île de Marathon, à un peu plus de la moitié de ... read more
Key West - Duval Street
Phare de Key West
Key West - Whitehead Street

North America » United States » Florida » Keys » Key West June 9th 2017

We are safe and sound but are having technical difficulties. Hopefully this will be figured out soon.... read more

North America » United States » Florida » Keys » Key West June 9th 2017

Hello! For some reason our blog site was blocked as they suspected us to be spammers. After an email back and forth, the site has now been restored. Below are posts from our first two days pasted from Word. --- June 8, 2016 This morning, we began with a pick-up at 5:30 a.m. Though traffic was heavy, we made it to the airport with plenty of time to spare and enjoyed a sit down breakfast at an Italian restaurant. Our flight didn’t take off quite on time. When the pilot said we would be taking off within the next two minutes, there were still 20 people in the aisle waiting to get to their seats. After the “flight attendants, please prepare for takeoff” announcement we sat for roughly half an hour listening to a 14 month ... read more

North America » United States » Florida » Keys » Key West May 2nd 2017

One day sail out of Tampa dropped us on the white sand beaches of Key West. As classical as we believed it was. Nothing like fresh Key Lime Pie! Another day sail and we're on South Beach with it's historic Art Deco buildings on Ocean Drive. Back on the ship for our 5 days at sea.....lots of naps and massages!... read more
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North America » United States » Florida » Keys » Key West April 13th 2017

Old Town, Key West, Florida I'm normally very good about directions and can retrace my steps easily and quickly. I also don't tend to forget things. But yesterday morning was a bit challenging and, although we joked about it all day, I must admit I am wondering if all this traveling is mixing my mind up. Or maybe I'm just getting old and can't rely on old habits as much. You see, yesterday I forgot both my phone and my car. My head? Well, its still attached, but... Here's the story: We had taken the bus into Key West Tuesday, mostly because we didn't want to have to park the car (it isn't cheap), and because we were pretty much headed to just one spot - Duval Street and Mallory Square. But yesterday, our destinations were ... read more

North America » United States » Florida » Keys » Key West April 12th 2017

Duval Street and Mallory Square, Key West, Florida There's a guy on one end with a sort-of show involving sort-of acrobatic cats. He laughs at his own jokes with an exaggerated cackle that is more ridiculous than funny. We move on to the black dude with dreadlocks and sunglasses playing a pretty good steel drum. And all around you are several thousand people, all packed shoulder to shoulder, jostling for space, laughing, taking selfies, many drinking alcoholic beverages out of plastic cups. New Year's Eve at Times Square? Nope. This is every single night at Mallory Square in Key West. The party starts building an hour or so before sunset as there is a notable swell of folks heading North on Duval Street until they get to the Northern End or maybe Greene Street where they ... read more

North America » United States » Florida » Keys April 11th 2017

Stock Island, Florida Keys, Florida What do you do when you suddenly have an extra day somewhere that was totally unanticipated? We still don't know how we managed to do that, but we are down at Boyd's campground with nothing planned for the day. But one of the most common activities for us on down days are naps and so we managed to get a couple of them in - we were tired but also needed to rest up for Monday's planned outing - which was a biggie. We did explore Boyd's a bit - this is glamping at its best. The number of huge motor homes is amazing and it seems that each one is also towing a boat. (If they don't have a boat, then it's a car (Smart cars are popular with these ... read more

North America » United States » Florida » Keys April 11th 2017

Garden Key, Florida Dry Tortugas is one of the gems of the National Park System and is a highlight of our trip so far. For those who think Key West is the westernmost end of the keys, you have to rethink your geography. The park originally encompassed eleven small keys, although only seven of them are now above water. They are at the westernmost end of the coral reef that starts just south of Miami and runs south and west from there almost 200 miles - the third largest coral reef in the world. Known as one of the most difficult parks to get to, there are no roads here and your only means of transportation is by boat or seaplane. The park is a full 70 miles west of Key West. There are charter seaplanes ... read more

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