Saturday, January 1, 2011

Key West, Florida

November 5 to 8, 2010

We checked out of the Annapolis Hampton Inn and made our way back to the BWI car rental facility.  That was certainly not a difficult task.  ;-)

We flew on AirTran down to Miami, picked up another rental car and headed to Key West.  Our friends, Rob Wilcox and Sharon Ward, live there with their three adorable children.  We had a very nice visit with them, and a great dinner at La Marquesa restaurant.

We stayed in the Key West Bed and Breakfast on William Street.  It is very comfortable and a classic example of Key West architecture.  Spacious, and with high ceilings so the heat can rise.  Balconies and porches.  We had a banana bread pudding for one breakfast that was so good that I ordered two copies of the Key West cookbook to get the recipe.  One for Penny, and she knew that her sister, Priscilla, would also want one.

Key West is the southernmost place in the continental U.S., but we didn't get any pictures taken there. I have also been to the southernmost place in on the island of Hawaii, and I don't have a picture of that either.

Key West is a fun-loving place.  Sometimes it seems like it is a place where adults can go to act stupid, but hey...whatever!  We were there on Parrothead Weekend, which is for fans of Jimmy Buffet.  I particularly liked the statues around the old Customs building.

It is only 90 miles across the sea to Havana, and so of course, Ernest Hemingway liked Key West.  His house there is a museum attraction.  I always found him a tediously boring writer.  The Sun Also Rises has put me to sleep within a few pages several times, so I just gave up.

The air service to Havana has been on a several decade hiatus.

After a pleasant weekend, we headed north on Monday morning.

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