the stark reality

Well Vacation is over, so here i sit..editing and reliving. the warmth of one of my favorite places…Key West,Florida. And…. even though  it is winter.. ill take 60’ish weather any day over ZERO or worse yet..the negative numbers. ive been gone almost 2 weeks, vacation was cut a few days short due to a few problems at home,  but thats life, at least i got away.

and heres a few facts about Key West

The original Key West settlement on the western part of the island is called “Old Town” and comprises the Key West Historic District. It includes the major tourist destinations of the island, including Mallory Square, Duval Street, the Truman Annex and Fort Zachary Taylor. It is where are found the classic bungalows and guest mansions.

Generally, the structures date from 1886 to 1912. The basic features that distinguish the local architecture include wood-frame construction of one- to two-and-a-half-story structures set on foundation piers about three feet (one meter) above the ground. Exterior characteristics of the buildings are peaked “metal” roofs, horizontal wood siding, gingerbread trim, pastel shades of paint, side-hinged louvered shutters, covered porches (or balconies, galleries, or verandas) along the fronts of the structures, and wood lattice screens covering the area elevated by the piers.

Old Town is comparable to the “New Town” section of the island, which was created when the island of Key West was more than doubled in size via landfill. New Town, on the eastern part of the island, contains shopping centers, retail malls, residential areas, schools, ball parks, and Key West International Airport.

so.. with our further adieu   im starting back wards:)

for a fee this guy will take you anywhere and everywhere u want to go on the island.  the island is to small for many cars. so when you arrive you park your car, and walk or rent, or ride the trolley, which is what i always do , its the cheapest, and you learn a little history.
the brown pelican, one reason i love going to Florida, we dont have these in Western New York.
another thing i love .. Key West natives seem to love animals. Cats, and Chickens, and roosters roam free. and dogs are allowed in most restaurants  (on a chain).
although its pretty cliche to take a picture at the southern most point of the USA… ya just cant help it. Cuba is 90 miles from that point.

in the back ground there’s a shrimp trawler waiting for the winds to die down.

no tourist would go in this place, thats right i learned early on where the “natives” go.

believe it or not, I’ve been going to this place for after hours food for over 20 years. …and lived to tell about it :).

this is the whole place…Bo’s
there is a huge population of transients , due to the warmer temps. ,they usally dont bother anyone, but you cant help but notice them.


i had an awesome time, ill be back with more beach time. and if you took time to look , i thank You, and have a wonderful day

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    1. Hmm, I’ve been every month on the calendar , this is the best time to go ..if you don’t like crowds, becuz it’s in the 60’s. Starting next month it will be packed….all rye way through till ,I’m gonna say mid summer, becuz of the heat. But I love it.
      Thanks for stopping Cindy, I’m glad you enjoyed what I posted, I love going to the keys ..because it’s like leaving the USA, but you don’t;).
      Have a great Sunday and rest of the week my friend

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      1. Oh very kool Mél. This trip we just took the ferry from Ft. Myers. Just for the day. But we should have known it wouldn’t be long enough . Last time my Hubby and I stayed at the Heron House. A block off of Duval st.


  1. Sounds like you had a great holiday. It’s nice to read about Key West as it’s one place in FL I really want to visit some day. I just came back from a two week holiday in FL and miss the sun and warmth so much. Here in Finland it’s freezing..

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    1. Wow, Finland…. You really went on vacation didn’t you;)!
      I use to know some folks from Finland , they came here to work in our big optic dept. at the university . So I do know how cold you are. Well hopefully you’ll make back . Thanks for stopping by.

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    1. Joe, I couldn’t find any cannoli. But I’m sure you and I could do just fine down there ;)…. 😎🍻 thanks for all if your help . I’m loving my new gear . I’ll be trading in my Nikon and lenses for at least 1 or 2 new lenses for my X-T10.
      Thanks for stopping by, and u should put KW on your list , it’s s photogs paradise .. Among other things 😎

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