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Castle-Like Elementary School

IMG_1665Does your elementary school look like a castle? Well, this old abandoned one does!

Welcome to what was once Harris Elementary School. At the time of this photo the building was not occupied but due for a renovation. I’ve heard its days of re-occupancy are soon to come true. If you look close at the upper outer wall you’ll see the castle walls that grace the skyline. Take even a closer look at the tall majestic Roman archways on the lower left of the former school’s porch which makes the building even more unique for such an island town.

You can find this former elementary school castle look-a-like at the corner of Southard Street & Margaret Street here in sunny Key West.


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Escaping Key West’s Heat

Escaping the heat in Key West has been sought out by most everyone upon their visit. A practice that’s been mastered by us with brains and ignored by those without… you know, those ruby-red sunburnt bodies seen walking up and down Duval Street… ouch, that’s gotta hurt! Haven’t they ever heard of sunscreen? 🙂

Escaping the heat is evidently more than a human thing! Seen here are birds seeking out the refuge of the shade provided from a street lamp. I for one have NEVER seen birds do this and thought you too might be amused at this birds-of-a-feather flocking together in the shade photograph.

This spectacular view (minus the birds) can be found at the majestic eye-popping White Street Pier in Key West.

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Patterson Avenue Pocket Park

Welcome to the third in a series of Key West Pocket Parks. These are the size of small empty home lots that have been fenced-in and converted into FREE public parks for all to use. This is the smallest so far, approximately 25′ wide x 70′ deep.

As you can see in the photos, it has several shade trees, a bench to sit on, patio brick type path way, & some so-called artwork. The artwork can be seen beside our bikes that looks more like a coat rack in which I hung my hat on!

You can find the Patterson Avenue Pocket Park on… hmm, let me see, oh yeah I remember it’s on Patterson Avenue! 🙂


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Pirate Related Street Names (part 2)

7157076582_1374c943d1_bAs you know, I love driving into sub-divisions and seeing theme-named streets! Pulling into this one made me smile being a history buff remembering the stories of Pirates in movies and literature.

Peg Leg: Is an artificial limb fitted to the remaining stump of a human leg. Though its use dates to antiquity, they’re mostly associated with pirates, you’ll find at least one in every movie.

Treasure Chest: Buried treasure is an important part of the popular beliefs surrounding pirates. According to popular conception, often buried their stolen fortunes in remote places, intending to return for them later, often with the use of treasure maps.

Gold Bullion: Gold bars & coins mostly associated with Spain were the pirates main focus in looting ships.

Buccaneer: Were pirates who attacked Spanish shipping in the Caribbean Sea during the 17th century now synonymous with the word pirate.

Jolly Roger: A wide variation of flags flown to identify a ship’s crew as pirates that were about to attack. The flag most commonly identified today is the skull and crossbones.

You can find these Pirate themed street names for yourself by turning at Mile Marker 23.0 oceanside onto Cutthroat Drive or bayside at Yardarm Road and just begin driving noticing as many different names that remind you of an era gone by.

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Beautiful Ocean Dock Posts

Take time on your next visit to Key West or the Florida Keys and notice some of the beautiful offerings that others tend to miss. Most people walk down piers and notice only the ocean missing the beauty of the pier or the dock posts used to secure boat from drifting away. I on the other hand love noticing the more subtle sights that tend to catch my eye. The five posts form a point with the weathered war-torn scars of the ocean beaten upon its lower water-level exposed portions leaving natures artistically etched skeletal remains. As you can see, It makes a GREAT photo!

The pier posts pictured here are from one of Key West’s busiest and most popular places to stay. The Casa Marina Resort is filled with Jet Skis, Boats, Swimmers, Sunbathing Worshipers, Sand Castle Builders and Sightseers galore and yet NO ONE else walking by these dock posts even gave them a second glance more less a photograph as I did. This to me is true beauty and gets me even deeper into relax mode and is yet another one of the reasons I absolutely LOVE KEY WEST!

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Gateway To Paradise

Outrageously beautifully simple is this ‘Gateway To Paradise’. Sometimes simple is best, this gate must be accessed from crystal white beach sand in order to enter one of Key West’s best kept secret out-of-the-way hot spots you’ll ever find! Welcome to the main gate of Louie’s Back Yard. Louie’s sits upon the edge of the Atlantic Ocean providing a view to die for… in fact, I’ve written before that it’s the home of ‘Key West’s Best Corner Table’ in the entire city! (seen below)

Come by and experience Louie’s Back Yard by first entering the gate as you duck under the equally beautiful tree that hangs over its entrance. You can find  my favorite corner  table along with this ‘Gateway To Paradise’ at Louie’s Backyard located at the corner of Seminole Avenue & Alberta Avenue.

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Man & Woman Torso Statues

Nudity or Art? Key West has long been a haven for starving artists, poets, & writers long before Tennessee Williams & Ernest Hemingway arrived stamping their imprint on this island city’s culture.

This example of art begs me to ponder and wonder only replying with… “Hmmm!” I guess I’m just not hip enough to appreciate its artistic relevance here in a public park. If you can’t tell, these are an artist’s rendition of a female & male torso. Yes, the female is the one with the blue & yellow… uh, uh, uh… things on her upper body 🙂 while the male has its back tuned away from the photo for A GOOD REASON! 🙂

While you’re in the park, also check out the José Martí  Monument, All Wars Memorial, Vietnam War Wall Memorial & New York State Yellow Fever Civil War Monument previously blogged.

You inquisitive artistic type can find this example of freedom of expression in Bayview Park located at the corner of Roosevelt Blvd. & Eisenhower Drive in Key West.

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