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Getting About in Key West

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Whether you arrive by cruise ship, jet or car or whether you live on Key West, getting around is fun.  

For the tourist in us all the Conch Train was a great way to get about. Hearing the history and seeing all the important places was primary on our list. Brian was our guide.  If you go, be sure and stop and say hi for me.


One thing we noticed many people decorated their vehicles.  It's not surprising as there are many artists who reside in Key West.

I barely caught this photo as we drove by on the Conch Train.  It is just like the special little sculpture we have at home.
It was just missing a spare tire and the little black Labrador in the bed of the truck, like our black Lab, Gracie.  
Boy...this one is perfect for zooming about.

And...no.  This wasn't parked...it was on display!

This was also on display...but in someones front yard. I'm not judging. 

I had to include this little gem further up in the line of keys.  

Many of the cruise ship tourists rented scooters an…

Sculptures in Key West

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These kinds of sculptures always fascinate me.  I always do a double take as they are usually life size.  This first one was not, however.  It's quite a landmark!



But then, here and there we ran across quite a few life size ones.
The coat was a bit odd, even for November as many were wearing shorts and flip flops.
Grandma shopping
The Fisherman
Near the train station

When we arrived, quite a crowd was around this one.   Note the people on the bench...or should I say person?
I did my double take as I zeroed in and realized they were naked. I didn't find pink flamingos but Key West wasn't lacking in pink bodies.

Again the heavy jackets showed these were part of a traveling display.  When we lived in Dayton there was a traveling show that stayed for about six months with figures everywhere downtown.
This one was by the water, so it was well placed.

They are fun to run across.  Have you seen these in your city?


Sharing here: Treasure Hunt Thursday
Ivy and Elephants

Key West Just Us and the Chickens

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I was astounded when I saw the first one.  
There were many things I was looking forward to seeing in Key West, Florida but...
for heavens sake, we stopped for gas and there was this magnificent rooster crowing like crazy!
It was a gas station not a farm! 

As we drove around we saw them everywhere It was like they owned the city

Even in the dining area of the restaurant where we had lunch!

Just Strolling about, not one but several in different colors.  No one paid any attention. ( I would have loved to have gotten a picture of the huge  green iguana that ran across the patio just after I snapped this.  It was much bigger than our Tampa area lizards. )
Anyway, I had to be quick as we did much of our touring by car and tour train (find the hidden hen)  so some are quite obscure. So many shots were blurred.  One I missed completely was of the proverbial chicken crossing the road.  He was in the crosswalk, mind you.  In a busy intersection, crossing with the light! 

The locals love them …

Shadow Shot Sunday

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An Outdoor Cafe in Key West

"Squawk, said the chicken I can go where I want Go ahead and shoo." 

Shadow Shot Sunday

Thanksgiving 2012

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This year we stayed in town and celebrated Thanksgiving with Mom and my Uncle Bob, my dad's brother.  

We enjoyed Roast Turkey & Cranberry Sauce Mashed Potatoes and gravy Sweet Potatoes Stuffing Buttered Corn Deviled Eggs Olives Stuffed Celery
Dinner Rolls White wine and Soft Drinks
Later: Pumpkin Pie Apple Pie a la Mode Fruitcake Coffee

Football was enjoyed in between dinner and dessert by the men.

Mom and I leafed through my Southern Living Cookbooks and discussed recipes, remembered our family members who were celebrating elsewhere, and talked over past Thanksgiving celebrations.
And we had a very enjoyable and quite perfect day of  thanks

Driving to Key West

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Amid all the Thanksgiving posts I offer you a tropical paradise!  Travel Tip #1 Vsit Key West in November.  The weather was ideal.  
 The scenery was spectacular while driving down through the keys.  This one and the one below are straight our of the camera.

We got out between islands to drink in the view and while everyone was on the bridge I clambered down a steep hill on a well worn pathway to capture this shot.
Travel Tip #2 Look for unusual angles for your photos



There were cruise ships peeking out from in between ancient buildings.


The taxi's were flamingo pink and they were everywhere!
Travel Tip #3 Pay attention to the unusual.  It's surprising how many travelers notice and respond to something familiar rather than unique.



Everywhere you looked it was a postcard


There were no end to the extraordinary places you could visit.
Travel Tip #4 Always stop and read Historical Markers!  They are a wealth of information and you don't have to pay admission to get it!

Every…