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A Few More Pictures

June 10, 2016

 

 

 

 

On our final day in Key West we bought tickets for a hop on hop off open-air trolley providing running commentary on points of interest. I was particularly interested in literary luminaries who found inspiration here—writers other than Ernest Hemingway.

 

Our guide pointed out that after a terrible fire in the late 1800s, a law was passed requiring all buildings to have metal roofs. Years later a writer holed up on the third floor of  the Crowne Plaza Key West La Concha Hotel on Duval Street, and while looking out the window at all the metal roofs he was hit with inspiration. The writer was Tennessee Williams, and the work was Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

 

 

 

Crowne Plaza Key West La Concha Hotel.

 

 

A few more sights that caught my eye:

 

 

 

Another view of Duval Street.

 

 

 

 

 

Key West is a party destination boasting enough bars to get drunk in a different one every day of the year. This bar claims to be the smallest one on the island. I could almost touch both walls with my outstretched hands.

 

 

 

I took this picture of an old truck for our car-loving son CJ. I don’t think it’s moved recently.

 

 

 

 

This bar is famous because after eight p.m. the top floor becomes nude-only. Even the bartenders and waitresses are nude. Our guide told us that he went there once, and most of the patrons were not people anyone would want to see naked.

 

 

 

A citizen of the Conch Republic showing off his pooch.

 

 

           

 

 

The end of US Highway #1. We learned this was the most photographed spot on the island, although you wouldn’t think so by this picture. We passed this sign several times and there was usually a line of tourists posing for pictures.

 

 

 

A statue of Marilyn graces the front of a Key West theater.

 

 

 

 

One of the many ships taking tourists out to sea to watch the sunset. Later that night we sailed on a different ship to enjoy the sunset.

 

 

Have a terrific weekend, everyone.

 

 

 

 

 

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Comments

19 Comments
Thanks for all the memories. I wonder if Crazy Daisy's Oyster Bar is still there. (Their tagline was something like, "Pluck me, shuck me, suck me out."
By: Mitchell is Moving on June 10, 2016
You look like you've slimmed down in the first photo. Bravo! That balcony doesn't appear to be something I'd sit at... looks flimsy.
By: Daniel LaFrance on June 10, 2016
i'll pass on the nude only bar. yikes!
By: TexWisGirl on June 10, 2016
An interesting place full of interesting characters. If you lose anymore weight you'll just be "The Chatterbox!"
By: cranky on June 10, 2016
it looks like you had such a terrific time. I would love to go to that smallest bar and then another...and another:) I'm sorry but that statue of Marilyn looks like she is taking a dumparoo.
By: Birgit on June 10, 2016
There is no way ever that I would sit on that balcony! HA HA Looks like a nice place to visit, but I am more wanting to head to the mountains than to the sea. I'm glad you had a good time! And x-nay on the nudie bars...EWWW gross.
By: Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines on June 10, 2016
Were those folks on the balcony waiting until 8:00 p.m.?
By: Val on June 10, 2016
When we first moved to Mexico I had a several week episode of Montezuma's Revenge. Couldn't keep anything down and lost about 30 to 40 pounds. After our first trip back to El Norte I learned that our friends were speculating behind our backs that I had contracted AIDS!
By: Catalyst on June 10, 2016
Looks like you had a wonderful trip. My only experience with Key West is seeing the shots from the show "Bloodline." I have heard some of stories about the place as well because our mayor got a little bit of trouble there a while ago. I think a younger Mr. Shife would have had some stories to tell if he visited.
By: Mr. Shife on June 10, 2016
Looks like a fun place. It's probably really crazy during spring break. It seems most people who want to run around nude are people no one else wants to see nude.
By: PT Dilloway on June 10, 2016
Now i want to go there even more, but no bars!
By: messymimi on June 10, 2016
Ha - I have a picture of myself at the sign that marks the end of Highway 1. My oldest son, on the other hand, has a picture of himself at the sign that marks the beginning of Highway 1 (his wife is from Maine).
By: Pixel Peeper on June 10, 2016
I like the trolleys where you hop on and off. Any commentator I've ridden with has been awesome.
By: red Kline on June 10, 2016
I feel like we've been back to the Keys. I loved this series.
By: Rick Watson on June 10, 2016
It seems like there were many things there that you enjoyed. (But not the Whistle Bar, I'm sure!) I was in FL once but it was too hot and humid for me. Now I have twice the heat but at least it's dry heat!
By: Lexa Cain on June 10, 2016
A slimmed down Chubby Chatterbox! That statue looks nothing like Marilyn! Only the pose not the face. I love the truck, I have a jacket like that. :D
By: LL Cool Joe on June 11, 2016
Great shots. Thanks for the tour. Great to see the Conch Republic again. It's a vibrant place as you know.
By: Tom Cochrun on June 11, 2016
Wonderful pics. Thanks for the tour. Greetings from London.
By: A Cuban In London on June 11, 2016
I love places associated with writers and presidents. Marilyn still looks good for someone who has been dead many years. Love, Janie
By: Janie Junebug on June 11, 2016

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