CVS Children’s Tile Mosaic

This unique brightly colored tile mosaic measures close to 11′ tall by 18′ wide. It depicts children enjoying playing and having fun around their town. Though it’s a little hard to find, it’s worth walking behind a building to seek it out.

It’s presented by the Key West Art & Historical Society as part of the ‘Art In Public Places Program’. It was completed by 35 art students and its three instructor artists. Though originally commissioned by the Eckerd Drug Store chain, then a CVS Pharmacy, the occupants have long since re-located and the building was still vacant on my last trip to Key West.

You can find this tile mosaic on the backside of the former CVS Pharmacy on the northwestern end of Duval Street here in Key West.

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Unexpected Lunch Guest

IMG_3191Yes we had an unexpected lunch guest yesterday while eating our meal, but first… LOOK AT THE VIEW WE HAD! Never knowing ahead of time where we’ll stop for lunch we ended up here for a meal that won’t soon be forgotten.

Standing on the steps of the bar you can see the Gulf Of Mexico, a lighthouse (seen in the back right of photo), several docks, boats, hammocks, umbrellas, palm trees, coconuts, offshore personal island home, tiki torches… and the list goes on and on. Oh yeah… almost forgot, and iguanas (as many as 4 different ones) as pictured below came up to greet us before, during and after our meal as the slowly walked by not giving us a second thought as if they lived here! Oh I forgot… they do!

You can find this hidden treasure of a view at Barnacle Barney’s Tiki Bar & Grill Mile Marker 48.0 bayside behind the enormous Bluegreen Resort.

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Ingham Floating Coast Gurad Museum

4462325075_ae8c580ac0_bHave you ever wanted to tour a real US Coast Guard ship complete with deck gun? Well, here in Key West you have that unique opportunity while others have no idea that this tourist attraction is even here at all! Though I’ve never been on-board, I promise when I finally have a chance to tour the Coast Guard’s Floating Museum that I’ll give you another blog showing you the highlights.

There are nearly NO tourist visiting this area of Key West southwest of Duval Street. You will fight NO crowds in seeing the other attractions on and around the pier either like the abandoned Navy yard & and a free Oceanic Exhibit. Parking is FREE and is going to be well worth an hour of your time to visit this little-seen area of Key West before it’s sold to developers wanting oceanfront condos.

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TALLEST Chair In The Keys

The ‘Big Red Chair’ is yet another oversized attraction built in the Florida Keys simply to have you steer into their parking lot… and it worked! 🙂 This is the TALLEST chair in the Florida Keys! Don’t confuse the TALLEST with the BIGGEST, that title goes to another blog. 🙂

Here at the M.A.R.C. Thrift Store you’ll find the red rocker wannabe sitting in front of its namesake. As you can see, it makes a great photo for the vacationers pictoral album that we all have the urge to take at one time or another.

The ‘Big Red Chair’ can be found at Mile Marker 90 on the bayside of US-1 exactly next to the Coral Shores High School in Tavernier.

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Church Humor: Thou Shalt Not Park Here

AWESOME SIGN! Sometimes humor can be found in the most unlikely places. This church parking lot sign is nothing less than Heaven sent for a ‘365 Days’ blog. ‘Thou Shalt Not Park Here’ is yet another perfect example of why we drive in and around church parking lots. Church is one of the last places that you’d expect to find humor and yet one of the most appreciated.

This humorous sign can be found at Mile Marker 90 oceanside of US-1 exactly next to the Coral Shores High School in Tavernier at the Coral Isles United Church Of Christ.

 

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Key West’s Coolest Bar Stools!

Here it is, flying high above the rest and coming in at our #1 position for the BEST bar stools in Key West!

Prop yourself up against the bar (pardon the pun) 🙂 while chillaxing with your best-loved brew on one of these propeller bar stools. While here you’ll also enjoy many other aeronautical themed memorabilia that fill this bars decor.

You can find this spectacular aviation example of bar room props at the Conch Flyer Bar inside the Key West International Airport departure terminal.

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The ONLY State Park Tunnel In The Florida Keys

This is the ONLY Florida Keys park tunnel with trees, shrubs & grass above it that I’ve seen so far! It’s way too cool!

We rode our bikes underneath the tunnel peddling our way throughout the remainder of the sparsely populated park… and I mean sparsely! During the State budget crisis a year ago, this was one of the three Florida State Parks that was on the chopping block. Surviving for the time being, I suggest you get out and take advantage of this park while you can… you never know from one budget to the next!

Be sure to see this saved-for-the-moment park better known as Dagny Johnson Botanical State Park. To find it head south on US-1 to Mile Marker 107.0 turning onto Card Sound Road and going north for only one mile on your right.

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