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Monday, December 8, 2014

Just Call Me Your Travel Guide

A few weeks ago, Hubby and I traveled with Son and Daughter-In-Law to spend a few days in a tropical paradise. And we didn't even need to leave the United States to do it.

On a dreary, chilly St. Louis Thursday morning, we hopped on a plane and flew to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Then we took off our jackets and rented a car, driving 3 and one half hours to arrive at our destination...Key West. At first I wasn't thrilled about such a long ride from the airport to our hotel, but then I realized the obvious. We were driving through the beautiful Florida Keys! A tough job, but we soldiered through it anyway.

What a place. Our hotel was a stone's throw from the ocean. It had stunning views with palm trees everywhere, a long boardwalk from which to view the sights, and best of all it was totally pet friendly. Each day an artist sculpted something interesting from sand for the guests to enjoy. This guy was my favorite:

Speaking of pet friendly, I think it's fair to say that pretty much all of Key West is pet friendly. People brought their pups to restaurants, bars, and shopping. In one restaurant I saw a cat napping in a comfy chair while the bartender's dog sat politely next to a bar stool and a customer's pup lounged beneath his table, perhaps waiting for a handout.

How about these cute boxer pups I discovered sitting outside a bar on Duval Street?

Nothing like a puppy fix to make a good day even better. But wait, there's more. Key West has chickens that roam pretty much wherever they want. Apparently the chickens belong to no one in particular, but everyone seems to love them. Unfortunately the chickens are a wee bit camera shy. You can see them fleeing from the photographer (aka me) below.

A huge boat race was going on that weekend and one night some of the enormous million-dollar boats were lined up on Duval Street for the fans to take a look. The streets were packed with people. I pointed out a man carrying a parrot and cockatoo. The next thing I knew...

What can I say? Proof that anything can happen.

This is your travel guide signing off until next time when I'll bring you more salty tales of Key West.


Sioux Roslawski said...

Pat--I knew about the dogs, but the chickens were a surprise. It looks like you had a blast.

Next time, you'll have to bring YOUR four-legged friends to Key West. ;)

A Tonl said...

True dat! And Hemingway cats are there too!

Two French Bulldogs said...

What fun to have a spur of the moment trip
Lily & Edward

Unknown said...

Ha ha and that parrot sure looked like he was enjoying be held. Great you had a good time. Have a terrific Tuesday.
Best wishes Molly

Linda O'Connell said...

We went on a cruise last year, and that was on the itinerary, but was cancelled due to flooding. Tell me about the hotel. I would love to go there.

Ann Summerville said...

It's on my list of places to visit. I love that it's pet friendly. Most people take their dogs to pubs in England and even the pews in the old churches have hooks on the end to attach a leash to. Lovely getaway for you to Key West.

Sketching with Dogs said...

There is nothing nicer than doing something spontaneously. Glad you enjoyed yourself!
Lynne x

Lisa Ricard Claro said...

Glad you had such a great time. I love Key West! We lived on Key West back in the late '80s when my hubby worked for Hyatt Hotels. It's a great destination spot.

CreekHiker / HollysFolly said...

wow! ... I've always wanted to go there.

I have a friend who's hubby is an actor and they've lived all over the world. Her favorite place ever was Key West!

Tammy said...

Sounds like such a great trip! That swooning parrot is the best. I think it's winking at the camera.

Ryker said...

If we are going somewhere the Keys looks good to me!

Unknown said...

I like these photos very much
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