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Friday, July 05, 2013

I'm on vacation, so I feel obliged to blog ... now that I have the time. Usually I feel as if I have to be inspired before writing anything, but they say writers just put pen to paper or fingers to keys any old time, and see what comes out. Let's see what comes out today.

Our trip to Key West was slower paced than I'd have preferred, but maybe this was just as well, given that the first thing I did on it was fall down. Our male company has, like, four diseases, so he can't walk the distances we can, and when he tries, he complains the whole time. But, as I said, just as well, because this kept the pace down and let me heal up.

Our hotel/resort's rooms had their own porches, on a (fake, but still nice for toe-wriggling) sand beach overlooking a canal. The only negative about our location was being downwind of the jet ski dock and fumes from whatever fuel they use. Other than that, it couldn't have been more restful for sitting with your morning coffee.

We could walk from the room to our choice of four pools, one with a (very expensive) pool bar that we tended to avoid except for morning coffee, because it was refillable. If one of the pools happened to be full of kids, you had your choice of progressively more distant and less populated waters.

On trips downtown, we went twice to our favorite breakfast joint--Colombian Grace--and were glad we did, because the building is closing for good in a month. emoticon Native Colombian dishes, wonderful breakfasts, Colombian coffee and hot chocolate, and free sangria or mimosas, on the sidewalk in the Caribbean district, with fluffy-butted Angora chickens strolling by.

I'd show you a picture of the food, but that would be just wrong.

I will anyway. This South American delight is called The Delicious, and it was.

Of course we had to do the obligatory Southernmost Point photo. Cuba is out there behind us only 90 miles, but I don't think you can see 90 miles, can you?

We also happened upon the original location of Papa Hemingway's favorite bar--Capt Tony's. You'll be told that Sloppy Joe's is the real Hemingway hangout, but originally it was this little coalmine of a place, with brick columns and huge timbers festooned with bras (yes, bras--hey, this is KEY WEST). This was, in the mid-1800s, an ice house that also served as a morgue for Key West deaths both violent and normal. Probably more of the former because, in the middle of the bar, a tree grows up through the roof, purportedly the town "hanging tree" which counts among its victims a woman who murdered her husband and two children. She was nicknamed the "Lady in Blue" because of both the dress she wore to her hanging and the color she turned afterwards. I hoped to see her ghost but was disappointed. Below is the best photo I was able to find online that shows the inside of the bar, and you get to see Capt Tony as a bonus! He not only owned the saloon but also ran for mayor and won. His words of wisdom for posterity: “All you need in this life is a tremendous sex drive and a great ego, brains don’t mean a s**t.” Gotta love Key West. Check out the Capt Tony's website (link below photo) if YOU have the time, too.

One of our finest meals also treated us to the famous Key West sunset. Not far from our hotel was Thai Life Floating Restaurant, a fabulous Thai restaurant on what I guess you'd call a houseboat. You could feel it rocking gently, but not enough to cause seasickness, luckily. Are we having a good time yet?

If you look carefully, you'll see, in the background, the cones and muddy sidewalk that mark the road construction that took me down at the beginning of the trip. I'm obviously none the worse for it.

A last look at the glorious Key West sunset:

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    Thanks for sharing! Sounds like fun!
    1715 days ago
  • JOHAL52
    So how long as Capt Tony himself been around? Not since the 1800s, or else you did manage to capture a photo of a ghost :) The Thai food looked glorious! Yum!
    1716 days ago
    I'm zany today from too much work and dehydration so don't pay any attention to me.

    I have trouble going slow. Maybe what I really have trouble with is people that cause me to have to go slow. LOL. I don't mind going slow when it's for my own benefit though, like if I fell like you did and injured myself but not to accommodate someone else. Gosh, I'm really mean and selfish. I'm obviously an Id. LOL. But you were nice and went slow.

    I really love that front porch. I'm not opposed at all against sitting somewhere like that. I would be hard pressed not to want to steal the blue chair though, not that I need it. Love that color!

    Four pools sounds great too - especially the pool with the least kids. Not only am I selfish and a potential thief but now I appear to hate children. Sigh. I hate old people too so maybe it balances things out!! LOL.

    It really sucks that Colombian Grace is closing even before I made it to Key West to experience it. And my chances of getting anything Colombian here, other that pot, is practically nil. LOL

    The angora chickens are rather interesting. Around here they would probably end up on the dinner table of some redneck.

    So were the bras all donated on the spot? I would offer one of mine but I'm not sure that they have room for one my size. Capt Tony's might be a little too adult for me, though I do agree with him that being intelligent really hasn't done a darned thing for me.

    The Thai restaurant sounds great, though I am a Thai virgin actually. I've wanted to eat Thai but it ain't happening here. I love houseboats and have considered living on one.

    Can I guess one of the 4 diseases that you male company has? He's 9 months pregnant. Right? LOL. OMG. I'm so mean today. I really need to get some water in before I expire.
    1716 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/6/2013 5:16:17 PM
    Looks like fun!! That Columbian restaurant looked yummy! Glad you had a good time!
    1716 days ago
    We drove down to Key West once, when we lived in Miami, but I never got to do a touristy thing. We had a BIL, SIL our 5 children and their 2, the youngest who screamed the whole drive down and didn't stop till we stopped for a picnic lunch on the beach and when she passed out.
    I wanted to see some of Hemingway's hangouts...oh well maybe some other time. Sounds like you had a good, relaxing vacation with some interesting foods.
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    1716 days ago
    Except for the fall, it sounds like a fantastic vacation!
    1717 days ago
    It brings back memories for me as well. I hope you enjoyed Key West! emoticon
    1717 days ago
    So glad you got a restful vacation. I'm sure it was much well deserved as hard as you work all the time! It sounds lovely! Love the pics! It brings back memories when we use to go to the Keys once a year.
    1717 days ago
    Sounds wonderful and restful! Welcome back!
    1717 days ago
  • MAGGIE101857
    Glad you are okay!!!

    Love Key West; wish I had spent more time there when I lived in FL. Now I'll have to go back as a tourist! emoticon
    1717 days ago
    how fun, and great pictures, sorry about the fall, but the food looks wonderful and the sunset wow
    1717 days ago
    What beautiful pictures for a wonderful vacation. And so descriptive - it's like I'm there with you. Enjoy yourselves. You look so happy.
    1717 days ago
  • RD03875
    Sounds like a wonderful vacation, thank you for sharing!
    1717 days ago
    I am so glad, despite the fall, you and Bill and your companions had a good time. Wonderful pictures. You are a great story teller. Thanks for sharing.
    1717 days ago
  • GABY1948
    WOW! Great geography/History lesson! I am SOOOO glad you are having such a wonderful deserve it! Both of you look relaxed! Enjoy the rest of your trip...where are the doxies?

    1717 days ago
  • SCOOTER4263
    Glad you're having a wonderful time, but you forgot to pack something...ME! emoticon Looks like a lot of fun - enjoy every minute!
    1717 days ago
    What a great relaxing holiday Suz, sounds like you're making the most of it!
    Enjoy emoticon
    1717 days ago
    Beautiful, looks like you had a great trip. Something to be said for slower paced and restful, don't you think?
    I remember going to key west when I was 8. However, the only thing I really remember going to see George the worlds largest tortoise. Then dad had the bright idea to take us out for turtle weren't happening emoticon
    1717 days ago
    Thanks for sharing your vacation.... some of the pictures brought back fond memories.
    1717 days ago
  • _LINDA
    Nothing like a relaxing vacation! Sounds like you are getting around to all the must see sites! I love spicy food! The Thai place would be very interesting to go to.
    Thanks for reporting in and sharing the awesome pics!
    1717 days ago
    My hubby and I were there earlier this year. We had a great time! How laid back can you get?? LOL
    1717 days ago
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