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KEY WEST, FL - Part 1 of 2 (maybe 3)

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While the weather wasn't in the 30s with gray overcast skies, I had to make do with spending Christmas in Key West  :wink: Loved the place, don't know that I'd care to live there but we had a great time.

 

One of many "iconic" Key West spots:

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Conch tour train - these were everywhere:

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Key West definitely has a different flavor to it:

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Lots of great old homes:

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St. Paul's Episcopal church in the distance (yes, there will be photos of the interior):

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Amazing flora in Key West:

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Kelly's (as in Kelly McGillis):

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The Customs House (and museum of art and history)

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Zoe, an adorable French Bulldog - her owner was a transplant from Tuscarawas County!

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Pelicans were everywhere:

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On the southern end of Mallory Square, where cruise ships dock:

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Detail of the Customs House:

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Another "icon" of Key West - these roosters are traced back to the historic Cuban population; once cockfighting was banned, these guys were allowed to roam at will. And crow at the @sscrack of dawn. They never woke me up but it was a little jarring on the morning walk to hear them all crowing at once.

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Flora:

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A.M.E. church on Whitehead:

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Not sure what the deal was here - there were a few places that looked like this; some were abandoned after Hurricane Wilma, others - who knows?

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Over to Mallory Square to see the famous Key West sunset:

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Quite a few street performers:

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Yeah, I suppose this was nice - if you like that sort of thing  :wink:

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Walking down Duval Street - not the original Sloppy Joes location but still very much part of Key West history:

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Nice adaptive re-use of an old theatre. At night:

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And during the day:

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Lovely old building:

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The Porch (a great spot for drinks) is behind this tree - great spot since it's right on the main drag but the tree makes it feel very private and cozy:

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Over to Fort Zachary Taylor beach - gotta say I wasn't a fan of the beaches (not that Key West is known for them); lots of rocks under the water but ah well:

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It was a little jarring to be sitting there and just glancing and seeing this huge ship come from around the corner:

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And off to Sunset Pier for another sunset. Sunset Pier reminded me of Shooters; just a nice bar with a really mixed crowd and great boardwalk views of the water. An added plus was that it wasn't as crowded as Mallory Square:

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The next day (Christmas Eve) we took the Yankee Freedom II ferry to the Dry Tortugas National Park, 70 miles or 2.5 hours west of Key West:

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Fort Jefferson in the distance - http://www.nps.gov/drto/index.htm

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These frigate birds were amazing - wingspans around 6 to 7 feet, but they only weigh about 3 pounds. They didn't really 'soar', they floated like balloons!

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Moat at Fort Jefferson:

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Inside the Fort:

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Top level of the Fort:

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After a few hours of exploring and snorkeling, it was time for the trip back to Key West - the Customs House in the background; note the crowds lined up in Mallory Square for sunset:

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Next up, more sunsets and warm weather:

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Part 1 of 2??? Key West ain't THAT big!

 

I went there 12 years ago and I just remember a lot of cats.  Cats were everywhere.


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Part 1 of 2??? Key West ain't THAT big!

 

I went there 12 years ago and I just remember a lot of cats.  Cats were everywhere.

 

Don't forget "(maybe 3)" 

 

Looking forward to more photos!  Hope to see Ernest Hemingway's home!

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yikes our friends were down there at the same time and she got pneumonia and just got out of the hospital!

 

looks like you had a nice vacation for sure. i think hemingway's cats all have too many toes, is that true? ha.

 

i've been a few times. kw is ok, but you can really make the drive down into an adventure, there is just nothing like it. highly recommended.

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