FREE Serene Island Views

6787180690_7c9c2228b2_bTranquility, peace & serenity! All can be experienced while on an island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean looking at the next island in the distance.

Here on the abandoned island of Indian Key you can look out and see Tea Table Key so named for a tea table-shaped tree that stood on its point. Some 163 years ago the island in the distance was once the U.S. Navy’s regional headquarters headed by Lt. John McLaughlin who reportedly lived here on Indian Key. How cool is that, living on Indian Key and going to work in the morning by boat to Tea Table Key for a one mile ocean commute.

It’s truly a beautifully serene smorgasbord of sights and sounds that await your visit! Sitting upon the featured bench looking out envisioning past Florida Keys history while creating new memories. Awe, how wonderful is that!

You can find a catamaran tour boat company to take you there at Robbie’s Marina at Mile Marker 77.5 on US-1 bayside. OK, the views while on Indian Key are FREE but the trip to the island is not unless you have your own boat. (My lawyer made me say that!) :-)

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Key West’s Heatbreak Hotel on Lonely Street

Heartbreak Hotel on Lonely Street

It’s time to put on your blue suede shoes and head on down Lonely Street in Key West where you’ll find the namesake of an Elvis Presley classic tune ‘Heartbreak Hotel’.

Yes it’s true… It’s really on Lonely Street can you believe that! Where else in Key West would you find such a thing other than Duval Street. The main neon sign hangs above the road on Duval Street but to get to the Heartbreak Hotel you must go down the small alley way of Lonely Street where you will find the main entrance. Believe me, you can walk by this 100 times and never notice the small signs or the white-backed neon sign that is only fully lite from one side so you must specifically look for this when you walking up and down Duval Street.

Whether it’s a photo-op or a weekend stay, either way, this is a GREAT tale to tell your friends! So what are you waiting for, in the words of the King himself… “One for the money, two for the show, three to get ready, now go cat go!” I couldn’t help that… it was just way to easy! :-)

Heartbreak Hotel Neon Sign

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Smallest Bar In Key West

Smallest Bar In Key West

Welcome to Key West’s self proclaimed Smallest Bar as written on its bright yellow awning. I’m always up for a photo-op and have brought EVERYONE I’ve ever taken to Key West here for the consummate album photo no tourist should be without! (of drinking age that is) :-) To be totally honest, I’ve seen more tourists stopping by for a photo than stopping by for an Adult Beverage! I guess that’s to be expected when you’re banking on a gimmick to pull in customers.

As you can see there are only two bar stools in the entire bar which at best measures 6’ x 8’ of customer standing area. They’re open standard Bar type hours so be sure to time your visit accordingly.

So drop on by the Northwestern end of Duval Street and snag that prized photo of you standing beside the painted Tiki Head sign proving that “YOU TOO” have visited the ‘Smallest Bar in Key West’ without buying a beer! :-)

Smallest Bar In Key West

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Hurricane Wilma Was Here!

NO, Wilma wasn’t a paying customer’s name, it’s the November 24th, 2005 Hurricane that sadly destroyed much of the Florida Keys!

This antique shop ‘Belle’s Trading Post’ pays homage to the unwelcome visitor it had on that fateful day along with its own perseverance for building back its business after Wilma’s departure. While here, be sure to take in the views on both sides of the road, there’s a swiftly moving creek that makes for some great viewing & photos! (as seen below)

Find this sign of hurricane past at Mile Marker 14.3 oceanside of US-1 by turning onto Blue Water Drive and veering right a mere 1/10 of a mile.

    

    

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Biggest US Flag On US-1

IMG_0375On this day of the photo, the wind was whipping as you can see by the flag fully furled against the stormy sky. I got out of the car and was instantly hit with a barrage of dust being thrown around by the winds fury. In taken 6 continuous photos during the frenzy of wind, this was by far the best one! It’s amazing seeing all 6 pictures how such a flag could withstand the constant 20′ distance of being whipped back and forth from slack to furled. Standing only feet away as I was, you could actually hear the “Pop” as if it were being cracked by ‘Indiana Jones’ whip itself.

I promise, fully furled it’s impossible to overlook. I on this day was blessed to be passing by at the most opportune moment possible! As big as it is, I’m sure you won’t miss it either way so just keep an eye out for it.

You can find US-1’s Florida Keys LARGEST flag at Mile Marker 74.5 bayside FREE for all to see.

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Stations Of The Cross

Welcome to St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Stations Of The Cross Gardens! An absolutely beautiful place to escape the hustle and bustle of even a leisurely town as Key West. Stations Of The Cross refers to the depiction of the final hours of Jesus, and the devotion commemoration the Passion. The tradition as chapel devotion began with St. Francis of Assisi and extended throughout the Roman Catholic Church in the medieval period. It’s commonly observed during the Season of Lent, especially on Good Friday during the Easter Holidays.

You can find these peaceful surroundings in a garden atmosphere while enjoying the Stations Of The Cross mosaics at the St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Church Gardens located behind their activity building at the corner of Truman Avenue & Windsor Lane. It’s absolutely FREE.

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Fun Facts About Easter

juggling-bunnyHAPPY EASTER TO ALL!

Here’s some fun facts that you might have overlooked in your history class! 🙂

1) Did you know that the painting of eggs has a name? It’s called PYSANKA.

2) The White House has hosted an Easter Egg Roll on the front lawn every year since President Rutherford B. Hayes started the tradition in 1878.

3) Chocolate bunnies are in fact the most preferred candy during Easter… but, did you know that 76% of Americans eat the ears first! 🙂

4) Over 700,000,000 million marshmallow peeps are sold during Easter! (and that’s ONLY in the USA) 🙂

5) Americans eat enough multi-colored jelly beans on Easter to wrap around the earth 3 times! 🙂

6) If you stacked all the Cadbury creme eggs produced in a year on top of each other it would form a mountain ten times taller than Mount Everest! 🙂

7) Did you know that 11 out of 10 dentist report an increase in office visits for cavities after Easter! OK… I made that one up! (but it’s probably TRUE) 🙂

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