Valentines in the Keys!

Trip Start Jan 04, 2010
Trip End Jun 30, 2010

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Sunday, February 14, 2010

We arrived at Key West on Valentines Day, which was quite appropriate as both Morgan and I fell in love with Key West the moment we arrived. The Keys itself and the drive down to Key West is just gorgeous. There are so many places we could have stopped on the way there. We drove down on a Sunday so there were plenty of markets lining the streets and plenty of lovely restaurants, bars and beach shacks to stop for a bite to eat or drink. All of this was over looking a beautiful turquoise Atlantic ocean. I felt on holidays immediately! 

It was our first big trip in the new van. We spent the night before at Miami everglades where we set up the van. Apart from a few wrong turns trying to find the place, our first night in the van and playing house went well. We bought all the hoses to connect the water, set up all the cupboards with all the new cooking gear and food we had bought. We filled up the propane gas and made sure the van was in good working condition and ready to hit the road. The van is actually in such good condition and we felt right at home instantly. We continued to tell each other on the way to the Keys just how happy we were with our little purchase!

Key West was just gorgeous. It had a Byron Bay feel to it expect even more restaurants, bars and shops and you can drink on the street. There are plenty of tiny little bars lining the street that you can stop and buy cocktails, beer and wine from and take it away. It's nice being able to stroll down the hip and bustling Duval Street with a frozen margarita in hand. We didn’t spend a great deal of time in Key West as we were keen to get on our way to the west coast. We had spent quite a bit of time in Florida already so we were really looking forward to exploring a new State. 

We got lucky weather wise as the day we spent walking around Duval Street and seeing the sights of the area was just beautiful. I can imagine what it’s like in the summer time. The beaches here are just gorgeous, with white sandy shores. There are tonnes of hotels right on the beach and plenty of bars and restaurants near by. The shopping down Duval Street is very touristy but still great fun. We took a stroll around Mallory Square. This becomes filled with food and markets stands and street performers as people start to gather to see the spectacular sunset. We found a lovely little wharf away from Mallory Square at the "Southernmost beach" to watch the sunset. Unfortunately the sunset never arrived, It was too cloudy so we didn’t get to see anything. On a side note, “Southernmost” is definitely the most over used word in the Keys. You see it labeled on everything. The Southernmost Home, Southernmost Restaurant, Southernmost Point etc.

Morgan tried his first Key Lime pie in Kew West. Way too acidic and sweet for my liking but he loved it. We took a wander to the furthest Southernmost Point and had our photo taken there. It has to be done! Then as we wondered back along the tree lined footpaths we stumbled across Ernest Hemingways home on Whitehead Street. It’s the house he did some of his best work in including 'A farewell to arms’ and ‘The snows of Kilimanjaro’. Morgan and I took a little tour of the home, the writer’s studio and the gardens. Very Beautiful.

For lunch we found a great little place on the pier overlooking the water. We sat facing out to the water and sipped on some gorgeous cocktails.  Sooo good!!

The Keys would definitely be a place I would love to visit again. It would be great to spend a week or so at a lovely hotel on the beach. The perfect little, quirky, beach bum suburb! 
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