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Key West

Key West is one of my favorite places to visit. Located in the Florida straits, it's packed with free entertainment and tons of fun things to do. These photos were taken with my Droid using Instagram. I did not use any filters.

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  1. There's nothing like a Key West sunset. They are absolutely breathtaking. I took these photos on the way back from a snorkeling trip. Make sure you take in the famous Key West Sunset Celebration at historic Mallory Square. It's a blast with all of kinds of performers and personalities. 
  2. At night, Duval Street in Key West is bursting with free entertainment. This dude sets up shop nightly on the sidewalk with his dog and plays the flute. I'm always curious about how people end up where they end up. I'm sure there are some fascinating stories. I'd love to be able to tell them. I'm thinking a "Characters of Key West" book. What do you think? 
  3. While visiting Key West, I got a chance to see the Cuban American Heritage Festival Parade. The parade started at the Southernmost House and proceeded down Duval Street to the Gulf of Mexico, ending at Mallory Square. 
  4. A visit to Key West wouldn't be complete without a visit to Ernest Hemingway's house at 907 Whitehead St. Walking the gardens and touring the house, I imagine going back in time when Hemingway lived here and penned some of his greatest novels and short stories.  
  5. Asa Tift, a marine architect and salvage wrecker, built the  house in 1851. It became Hemingway's home in 1931.
  6. This fountain in Hemingway's garden is made with a urinal from Sloppy Joe's Bar, a place that Hemingway spent a great deal of time. The cats drink from it. Hemingway's wife, Pauline, tried to disguise it with tile.
  7. Pauline Hemingway spent $20,000 to have this well-fed pool built while Hemingway was away covering the Spanish Civil War in 1938. It was the first swimming pool in Key West. The tour guide said that when Hemingway returned, he told Pauline, "Well, you might as well have my last cent" and threw a penny in the air. That penny, second photograph. is embedded in concrete near the pool. 
  8. This is the view from the porch on the second story just outside Hemingway's bedroom. The lighthouse was built in 1847 to help ships navigate the dangerous reefs off the lower Keys.
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