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Published: June 11th 2017
June 9, 2017 - Continued
When we last wrote, we were preparing to begin our evening on a sunset cruise. By the time we got to the check-in station, it was raining cats and dogs... the six toed kind. It turned out our cruise had already been cancelled, but they called back to Lansing to let us know. So, it was time for plan B. We walked through some nearly flooded streets to a highly-recommended restaurant called "Two Friends." We had a great dinner including seafood and conch fritters and, because we were somewhat early, our drinks and appetizers were half price due to happy hour. So we took that as two for one. After dinner, we decided to check out Captain Tony's, the original site of Hemingway haunt Sloppy Joe's. The walls were covered with dollar bills, business cards, license plates, and bras. Once the live music began and we didn't recognize it, we started our walk home.
Distracted by the new Sloppy Joe's and Jake's desire for a very special souvenir, we entered the gift shop, which was like a portal into a different universe. Through that door, we bypassed the main entrance to Sloppy
Joe's and took in that sight. Just as we rounded the corner, a group offered up their table to us. We agreed. We were perfectly located to see and hear the live music but far enough away to hold a conversation. Service was also nearby, and we were served. Extensively. The second band was phenomenal and we chuckled that many of their covers are part of our favorite playlist. Our last night in Key West was a roaring success and we slept soundly.
June 10, 2017
This morning, we bid farewell to our friend Key West and it was back onto the Overseas Highway (U.S. 1). We ended up stopping for breakfast on Marathon Key and enjoyed our meal on the waterfront. Then it was on to Miami where we arrived at the Miami Airport Hilton. Checking in was a bit difficult as one of our rooms that was supposed to be ready "in just a few minutes" wasn't ready for over an hour. Once all checked in, we hopped back into the Escape bound for Bayside Market where we joined a cruise that highlighted the Biscayne Bay Area and "Millionaires' Row." The guild
told about the history of the area In both English and Spanish and was very thorough in both languages. We didn't realize how much of the area consisted of man made islands. A key developer in the area was named Fisher, but because he wanted to become the richest man on earth, lost it all after investing everything in the market in 1929. We were reminded of Lester and his wishes. Apparently the Banyan Tree Goblin got the best of Fisher, too. After the cruise, we sought out some local cuisine at Hofbrauhaus. The various schnitzels were absolutely delicious and enjoyed on a balcony overlooking the bay. Finally, we are back at the Hilton looking forward to a Little Havana culinary walking tour tomorrow, as well as meeting our Cuba guide, Ralph.
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