Long Key State Park Beach

IMG_0892Here’s yet another gem of an oceanfront State Park as you’ll find here in the Florida Keys! Ah yes, waves, picnic, canoes, surf, sand & sun… hmm, what else did I forget… I got it… You Are Missing! I said you not me, I was here taking photos and I’ll be back. Don’t forget your bathing suit!

Oh yeah, it’s named Long Key because it’s LONG and NARROW! :-)

You can find this relaxing day at the beach inside the Long Key State Park at Mile Marker 67.7 oceanside. There’s a fee schedule per car load to enter the park, $4.5o for one and $6 for two people.

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Key West At Its Best!

How cool! I found this on one of our bike rides around town and instantly stopped for a photo. It’s truly amazing what can be found when getting off the beaten path and traveling down the road less traveled. There are so many unexpected pleasurable treasures both astounding and just flat-out neat awaiting your arrival down these side streets.

To be honest, ‘Key West At Its Best’ is a year-round attitude my heart possesses on ANY visit… but then again “I absolutely LOVE this place!” Oh yeah, this makes a GREAT picture with you our your loved ones standing beside it for that scrapbook of cherished memories.

You can find the window ‘Key West At It’s Best’ that defines my year-round attitude at the corner of Julia & Whitehead Streets west of the more famous Duval Street.

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Rentals Anyone?

By far some of your best options for getting around town in Key West are scooters, bicycles or carts. Easy mobility on the narrow roads while the scooters and bicycles provide yet another huge benefit… PARKING!

I’d bet that there are close to 100 places around town to rent at least one of these modes of transportation ranging from specialized rental stores to the hotel you’re staying in. You don’t know till you ask, I’ve even heard of bikes being FREE if you’re staying at certain B&B’s or hotels. Of course prices range vastly as do all things in Key West with hamburgers & bikes alike almost always costing more on Duval Street which is the center of the tourist trade.

You can find this featured unnamed rental facility at 1910 North Roosevelt Blvd. here in SUNNY Key West.

         

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Dracula’s Transylvania Avenue

I think that it’s safe to say that nearly EVERYONE in the world has heard of Transylvania. I also think that some of you may be wondering right now if in fact Transylvania really exists or not. I’d bet that only a hand full of you would ever be able to point it out on a world map if it were! Well, sit back and relax, your blog tutor is here and I’ll be helping you out on all aspects of the above so listen up! :-)

Transylvania is indeed a real historical part of what is now central Romania and is best known world-wide as the inspiration of Bram Stoker’s novel ‘Dracula’. Though Stoker didn’t invent vampires, he enhanced, elaborated and stretched the truth in creating a fictitious person named Dracula based upon the real life horrors of Vlad Tepes. Vlad Tepes was the Prince of Wallachia (portrait provided below) who ruled with an iron hand and impaled his enemies as a deterrent to others earning him the name of Vlad The Impaler. This is a historically TRUE story. Vlad invited all of his enemies over for dinner one night for a peace conference… he ended up locking all of the exits and impaling EVERYONE of them displaying their bodies on stakes in front of his castle like popsicle sticks (as seen in the gruesome depiction below).

Now that you know the history of Transylvania, Dracula & Vlad The Impaler… I’m sad to tell you that it has ABSOLUTELY nothing to do with this blog other than the name of the street! OK, if truth be known, I truly love history and just wanted to pass it along to you! :-)

Transylvania Avenue can be found in Key Largo at Mile Marker 103.3 oceanside on US-1 and is absolutely FREE to stop and take your souvenir historically-filled photo. :-)

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Historic Cigar Alley

4489002683_1f8d00dce4_bKey West and cigars go hand-and-hand like bread and butter! Key West has always had plenty of cigar-friendly bars, restaurants, & shops for its residents and tourists alike to spend time shopping and enjoy their favorite stogie! At one time in Key West’s past it boasted some 100 cigar factories which was more cigar factories per capita than anyplace in the world! Cigar Alley is a mecca destination for dedicated and devoted cigar smokers.

You can find the Historic Cigar Alley at 1075 Duval Street here in Key West.

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Beatles’ Penny Lane Exists In Key West

IMG_4057Did you know that the Beatles ‘Penny Lane’ really exists and that there’s one in Key West? Well it’s 100% TRUE on both accounts!

Welcome to Key West’s Penny Lane! Though the Beatles did in fact visit Key West, I have no confirmation that they visited or walked on Penny Lane. Wouldn’t that be too cool if they had!

Here’s the most famous portion of the song that most recall words: Penny Lane is in my ears and in my eyes, There beneath the blue suburban skies I sit, and meanwhile back in Penny Lane. IMG_4058Here’s something that you probably didn’t know about the 1967 Beatles smash hit single from arguably Rock-N-Roll’s GREATEST band of all time! Their record label didn’t want the Beatles to release any more singles for a few months after the 45 RPM release of Strawberry Fields Forever so the Beatles turned around and put the song Penny Lane on its B-side (pictured below) and promoted it as their next single showing the record company who’s really the boss!

Oh yeah, by the way, the real Penny Lane referred to in the Beatles song actually exists in Liverpool, England! (photo below)

You can find Key West’s Penny Lane within the ritziest part of town known as Truman Annex Housing on the old U.S. Navy Base.

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Paddlewheel Riverboat

Reminiscent to days gone by from the Mighty Mississippi River with images of Mark Twain aboard fan through my mind as I laid my eyes upon the nostalgic ‘Lady Ann’ paddlewheel riverboat.

Did you know that the Florida Keys has a paddlewheel boat? Though I’ve never seen it in operation, I have seen it numerous times awaiting its next voyage as seen here. Either way, it’s a very unique sight for the Florida Keys and can be easily missed without knowing where to look.

You can find the elegant looking ‘Lady Ann’ paddlewheel riverboat anchored in the Gulf Of Mexico at Mile Marker 26.5 just off shore on Hwy. US-1.

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