Saturday, January 15, 2011

Images from Key West

Key West (whose motto boasts: "where the weird go pro") is truly a magical place and one that has always attracted free spirits and dreamers.  Not only did the likes of Jimmy Buffett, Ernest Hemingway, Shell Silverstein and a slew of other artists and musicians make their mark here - but this little Southernmost Key even tried to secede from the Union (after one whole minute of rebellion) in 1982.  Any place that tries to cut ties with the U.S.A and call themselves "The Conch Republic" is bound to have some stories - and it does.  It's the kind of place where you'll see a man walk into a bar with a parrot on his shoulder, a woman walking down the street carrying a sunglasses-wearing dog in a baby Bjorn, and a violin playing street performer who actually doesn't know how to play the violin, but sings in fluent Swedish...all in the span of one block*.  This place thrives on uniqueness.  It also boasts many, many bars and the ability to walk around in public with open liquor.  Just sayin'. 

Though a lot of Key West is "blurry" - I did manage to get some shots...

One design race boats getting rigged for Key West Race Week at Truman Annex.

Hemingway's old watering hole...
Lots of color in Key West!

It's Mardi Gras everyday here! 
Always bloomin'
The most famous main drag; Duval Street.
It is truly 90 miles to Cuba from here...Cigar anyone?

Brittany & Scott

*Yes, I saw every one of those things with my own eyes.


Bill said...

Great pictures, great town!

Lisa Hanneman said...

"I'm at my wit's end... wit's end."

Jeani said...

Wow... you are lucky that you can see many beautiful places like in these photos. I love your blog and I would like to come again sometimes.

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