Friday, November 16, 2012

WalkAbout Key West Florida the Conch Republic

Walkabout Key West Florida the Conch Republic. A great place to spend some QUALITY TIME… I doubt the place ever sleeps LOL

MQTlogoa A WALKABOUT KEYWEST FLORIDA. We will start in Fort Myers Beach and take the Key West Express to our destination.DSC_0074For us this was a four hour trip each way and we all took seasick “pills”. The seas were rough and poor Linda really had a rough time.She swears she will NEVER EVER get on another boat. Anyway as we leave Fort Myers (might as well link to Sunday Bridges).






Arriving at Key West with about 4-5 hours to see the sights.Key West is an island in the Straits of Florida on the North American continent at the southernmost tip of the Florida Keys. The island is about 90 miles (140 km) from Cuba. More on Wikipedia…ARRIVAL…….



Realizing we can walk this self guided tour we set off to get something to eat. Linda having a really empty stomach and feeling better was really hungry.DSC_0075  

Map picture


Check out the Duval St.WEBCAM

There we are a favorite hang out of Ernest Hemingway. DSC_0078



Since 1933, Sloppy Joe's hospitable staff has welcomed patrons daily. Visiting the internationally known bar, guests are instantly enveloped by the history of Sloppy Joe's and Key West. READ MORE




After an original Sloppy Joe time for more walking though there are other ways to get around.Our next destination will be Ernest Hemingway's home.



So many interesting places.DSC_0096




More Walking Linda looks better after a good meal)






DSC_0108 For a tour of the house/grounds CLICK for a previous post.

HEMINGWAY Papa Hemingway


DSC_0164 We really didn’t have time to take the tour. The cost would have been $13.00 per person and no photos were allowed. With more time would probably have been interesting.


Key West Museum of Art & History, formerly known as the Old Post Office and Customs house.


DSC_0173 If I were to do it again I would spend the night and return the next day.



DSC_0183 A free and quick stop with some benches to sit on and a guitar player…

keywestbouy The Conch Republic… Conchs..

Many of the residents of Key West were immigrants from the Bahamas, known as Conchs (pronounced 'conks'), who arrived in increasing numbers after 1830. Many were descendants of Loyalists who fled to the nearest Crown colony during the American Revolution.(What is a Fresh Water Conch???) You will just have to look it up LOL

coolperson Hope you enjoyed the post..Stay COOL…………………….CLICK for famous Florida Sunsets

Note on the Key West Express:: If you have any tendency for seasickness and the seas are rough at all watch out. On the trip back you could not walk about the boat without going from one hand hold to another. Personally I was lucky when I wasn’t helping Linda I was able to sit at a table and watch a couple shows. The crew had ample “Barf Bags” to pass out.


Spare Parts and Pics said...

Great post, Joe, and appreciate the tour! Oh, and your header photo is fantastic!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I lost my battery in the middle of doing a comment; this might be a repeat. Loved the tour and the memories. Thanks. We actually did stay over 2 nights when we went...and still didn't have time for everything. The danger in doing that is that if the weather turns really bad and the boat can't leave from Ft M, then you are stuck until it gets there. We know some people who had to stay 4 nights. (Nothing like maxing out the old VISA in Key West I suppose.) We had an easy crossing to but a pretty rough one going home. You just never know with boats.

Unknown said...

What fun revisiting Key West with you and Linda! Great tour!

Julie Magers Soulen Photography

A Colorful World said...

So, you guys have been in Florida! Looks like a fun trip! But, I am so sorry Linda got sick. I'm not much of a sailor, either! :-)

nerima roberts said...

Joe I have finally caught up with your cool blog. Your blog is a great tribute to retirement! In 19 months I will finally retire and it will be great!

Nancy said...

Gorgeous photos and love the burger joint! So much neat history. Thank you for sharing at Your Sunday Best and nice to meet you. :)

Betsy Banks Adams said...

HI there, I just checked out the boat ride from Fort Myers to Key West. (Neither of us have trouble with seasickness.) We had 'sorta' planned a trip to Key West a few years ago--but didn't ever take it. We both want to see the keys sometime. Perhaps the boat ride will work for us. Thanks for telling us about it. I had no idea about this one...

Great pictures... But--I can see why you'd want to stay the night down there --to be able to see more of the area.

Happy Thanksgiving.

TONY LETTS said...

That is just such a great looking place :)

Anonymous said...

what an interesting tour! thank you for sharing. and the boat trip.. what an adventure! but I'm guessing by the amazing photos it was worth it. I'm glad I found you, you share so much!!

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Joe: Great photos from your trip, what a great place.