No Place Like Key West

We spent a couple days strolling around Key West while we waited for the wind to die down. This is my favorite city. I drink it up like a frozen rumrunner. I swoon over gardens dripping with colorful flowers. Miles and miles of unique picket fences. Adorable conch houses faded by salt and sun. The coolest bikes. The street musicians and the performers on Mallory Square at sunset. I love it love it love it.
This time we hit it just right: mid-week, no cruise ship in port. Even Duval was passable without having a drink spilled on me. Where else do you find irreverent street names leading to a cemetery?A plane flying over Passover Lane.Of course bikes are welcome in the cemetery. And so are signs like this:Schooner Wharf Bar… at 9am.A dinghy at Garrison Bight.Tall palms, tiny cottage.Orchids everywhere.Made a friend named Bob at The Marquesa:A lush landscape by Raymond JunglesCreeping fig on the stairs and the haint blue porch ceiling. Never too much bougainvillea around here.A gnarly old frangipani trunk busting through the fence.Mangos hanging over the roof.
Weathered cypress.And check out this tiki bar boat:Only in Key West.

 

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14 Comments No Place Like Key West

  1. Freed Moore May 9, 2018 at 8:40 pm

    WOW ! I have only one word for how your photography has progressed. STELLAR. Wish I was there. Will be traveling soon. Love your blog Dan Dan. Tell Tobias hello. Love you guys. UF

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    1. suwanneerose May 10, 2018 at 8:15 am

      Thanks Uncle Freddy! See you in a couple weeks at the family reunion.

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    2. DeeDee May 15, 2018 at 10:24 pm

      Thank you for a quick realistic trip to the Keys🌴🌺🌴 Gorgeous pictures!!

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      1. suwanneerose May 16, 2018 at 10:55 am

        Thanks so much, DeeDee! Hope you get back there again soon.

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  2. Misti May 9, 2018 at 9:21 pm

    Mmm, your really tempting me to put my house up for sale and move back to Florida! Gah, I miss the Keys. They are the best!

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    1. suwanneerose May 10, 2018 at 8:15 am

      Maybe it’s time for a family road trip, Misti!

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  3. Herman Bips May 9, 2018 at 9:49 pm

    love key west also..
    thanks for the pics..

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    1. suwanneerose May 10, 2018 at 8:13 am

      Thanks, Herman! Hope we can have a drink with you in Key West again soon.

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  4. bt May 10, 2018 at 12:06 am

    I love it, too! I spent today there for work. Had happy hour and dinner with clients. So sad that 2¢ is gone. Still searching for a proper bar/restaurant to take its’ place. Nice post and photos of the finer things that get overlooked by most people when they visit.

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    1. suwanneerose May 10, 2018 at 8:12 am

      I’m glad to hear you’re on the quest to find our new happy hour spot in Key West. 2¢ was a gem. I had an interesting gin and ginger concoction at The Marquesa’s bar, but that place is too fancy for us. Lol. Might be good for your clients, though. Good luck in your search and enjoy the Keys!

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  5. Jan Loveland May 13, 2018 at 8:41 am

    Your photographs make me drool with envy! Love the perspective you use. You are truly an artist AND your writing is brilliant, too. I love your enthusiasm for nature,, beauty and even the more ordinary aspects of life. It’s contagious! Thank you!

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    1. suwanneerose May 13, 2018 at 9:20 am

      Thank you so much, Jan. What a lovely compliment. I saw a framed flamingo photograph at the gift shop on Big Pine with your signature on it. Stunning! I’d love to hear the story behind that one. I hope we can go birding together next trip. Enjoy the good life on Big Pine. See you in October.

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  6. Craig Hepworth May 18, 2018 at 9:44 am

    I love Key West. Your pictures capture its charm so well. I haven’t been there in a number of years; this reminds me I need to plan a return visit.

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    1. suwanneerose May 18, 2018 at 12:23 pm

      I go as often as I can. Next time you visit be sure to check out Grimal Grove’s fruit stand on Stock Island. I also highly recommend Flamingo Crossing for amazing homemade tropical fruit ice cream.

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