For the past two days I have not had access to my laptop so this blog is two for the price of one, covering Monday and Tuesday.
On Monday morning we left for key West, and it was a long journey all the way down the coast. We stopped on the way to have lunch at the Shrimp Shack, which Karen and Alan had seen covered in a TV programme here the other day. It was a real nice luck – we had alligator meat and shrimp and Alan loved it! The place itself was located a few miles outside Key Largo and was an unassuming little place but with great food.
We continued our journey and as we got further down, passed across many bridges and causeways and the scenery was just stunning, before finally reaching the 7 mille bridge that took us across to Key West. We checked into our hotel and then went straight onto the shuttle bus that runs from the hotel into the centre of Key West. We went to Mallory Square, had some cocktails (well Karen and I did, while Alan had apple juice) and saw the sunset. It is supposed to be one of the most stunning sunsets anywhere and there were hundreds of people out taking photos. It was beautiful although i have to say I don;t think it is any better a sunset than other places I have seen it in!!
We went back to the hotel on the shuttle bus and I got a takeaway wrap from the portable restaurant outside and Alan got a MacDonald’s.
The next day (Tues) we got up and got ready and went back out to get the shuttle bus back into the centre. we got off and had a snack and then got on one of the little trains that gives you a full tour around Key West. This tour has been entertaining visitors on the island since 1958. It took us through the old town and past Hemingway House, Harry Truman’s little white house, the lighthouse the butterfly and nature conservatory and the southernmost point. It was all very interesting and it was fascinating to learn about the way in which the island had no access to fresh water for a long time and so houses in the old town were built with iron roofs to allow the water to flow into drains. Key West is stunning – at the front the water is clear, crystal blue and there are lots of quirky features such as cockerels walking around the streets. we even saw a hen with her chicks walking along the pavement at one point. Alan and I also went to the aquarium and saw lots of interesting fish including some baby sharks.
After this we went back to the hotel and started back up the road. On the way up, the scenery was again stunning with blue water and white sand everywhere and many quirky, unusual stores and buildings. we stopped on the way to buy some souvenirs and gifts in one of the little stores.
We then drove to South Beach in Miami. It was a little bit of a detour but worth the efforts to go and see it. We got there and weaved down to the art deco area at the front. We didn;t get out the car, but saw many unusual buildings and many unusual people! All the beautiful people and posers are here and the rest!! There were also some amazing views on the skyscrapers against the coastal scenery. At least that means I can now say I have also seen Miami!
We drove back up the road and stopped at the Olive Garden for our dinner, having not eaten since this morning! We then went back onto the i-95 and got home around 9.15. Boy has it been a busy couple of days – but we’ve seen lots of interesting and stunning things. Hopefully Alan will remember it all when he is older. He may not have been too interested just now, but he will be able to talk about all these experiences some day!
I think we are now all due some relaxation!