Friday, November 18, 2011

Key West ... Part 1, Mallory Square



Welcome to Key West!  
Isn't this view fantastic?  It is taken from the tallest building on Key West at the Crown Plaza La Concha Hotel on Duval Street.  If you ever go, take the elevator to the top floor where there is a bar and chairs to take in the day's sunset.  But you better go early ...



Another view is from the Shipwreck Museum.  You can see the platform above.  We've not climbed to that perch but it looks like it would be mighty fine!




There are lots of ways to explore the island.  The Professor and I prefer to do it the old fashion way on bicycles.  But there are plenty of local trolleys, buses and the like to give you a nice overview of the town.




There are a fair number of museums near Mallory Square.  
All within walking distance of each other.



There are many statues all around the city as well.  
I especially like these that are in front of the Museum of Art & History.


This one is called Sightseeing.




And of course that has to be one of Ernest Hemingway.






This one is called Fun Time.  It's HUGE but perhaps a bit dated, right?



Around the corner from these museums is Capt. Tony's Saloon which has been patronized through the years by many well-known folks like Hemingway, Truman Capote,  Jimmy Buffett, John F. Kennedy and even Harry Truman.  The large Jewfish on the front of the building is one that Captain Tony caught and had preserved.  It is said that if you throw a quarter into the mouth of the fish, good luck will follow you until you leave the island. 

I wonder how many quarters lie in that gullet?

: : :

Sunset Time


The best part of Key West for me is their sunsets.  Many folks head to Mallory Square to catch the sunset as well as enjoy the crafts and street artists that fill the area.

There's a little bit of everything.































... and then there are the sunsets ...




... where some take in the sunsets from the many boats available for sunset cruises ...








But me and my Nikon are just fine on land capturing
these incredible sunsets.
Just can't get enough of them!


Hope you enjoyed some of the views from Mallory Square.
But there is more coming!


Until later friends,


46 comments:

ladyfi said...

Oh - what fabulous shots!

How I wish I were there, says she, feeling the winter breezes!

alp said...

vaya maravilla de colorido. Un beso desde Murcia..seguimos...

Jill said...

Every one of these photos jus thrilled me. What a wonderful place to be!

Beth said...

i love the shots but if i could pick ... i'm really loving the last shot ... what a beautiful sunset with the sailboat. awesome!! (:

Patricia said...

Words fail me as I try to think of something to say to express how wonderful your photos are. So, how about this.

WOW!

Woody said...

A fantastic set of photos!!

My Journey With Candida said...

I just love exploring with you, You take me to some of the neatest places. Thanks!! Now, if I could only learn to use a camera as well as you do..

Denise at Autumn Sky said...

That is a beautiful sunset. I will enjoy your photo vacation once more:-)

Kathryn Dyche Dechairo said...

Loved the views, gorgeous snaps. It's always such fun visiting places through you and your camera lens.

Daryl said...

Is The Professor counting ripples as he tipples?

Awesome shots .. did you use a flash for the plaza shot?

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Thanks for the tour of a place I will probably never see. Looking forward to more. Did you go in Mel Fisher's? I would love to view the treasures inside that place.

Liza said...

So nice! I'd like a little of that warmth right now.

Ashley Sisk said...

Love that first shot - it is incredible.

Judy said...

Oh my goodness, now I reallllllly need to put this on my bucket list of places to visit.

TexWisGirl said...

that last one... swoon!

Steve said...

Beautiful images Reena, my son in law is a real Conk. Born and raised in Key West. Your images are awesome.

Sandra said...

the first shot i would never have thought Key West, so beautiful. the rest are all pure Key West and wow did you hit the photographers jack pot.

Tricia @ Bluff Area Daily said...

Kennedy & Truman was in that saloon (bar)? WoW!

There's a webcam on the tower at Shipwreck's - http://www.shipwreckhistoreum.com/towercam.htm

I'm lovin this tour...

Ivanhoe said...

How beautiful! The first one should be on first page of some travel magazine. Wow!

Nordis said...

Great shots and a nice blog.
Have a nice day.
Nordis

Barb said...

Your photos and processing are always so beautiful!

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

What a lovely tour! I especially love the sailboat shots. Glad you are enjoying your time there. :)

dona said...

I admit I didn't know where Key West was until now (shame on me!), but, after consulting Wikipedia, I noticed that it's the very southern part of U.S.A. Cool! Anyway it looks very picturesque and hope you are enjoyng your staying there.
Your sunsets are really amazing! :)

Kathy said...

Your pictures are always so brilliant and colorful I feel like I've been there in person!

bobbybegood1 said...

Wonderful post reena. A couple of things: First, I love the red drums. Second, great pics of sunsets. Third, love the statue of child. Fourth, where in the world are artifacts/statues about movie "Key Largo," Boggy/Bacall? And last, but certainly not least, I AM DEATHLY AFRAID OF HEIGHTS! Sounds like you are having a great time. Cheers Sweetie!!

gina said...

Wowee, zowee -- what a great tour of Key West! I love the color and composition of your first photo, but the sunsets really grab me. Thanks for sharing with all of us.

ds said...

Wonderful! Such a treat--I've never been to the Keys, though they are on my Bucket List. Gorgeous sunsets, but I love the whimsy of the place best. Thank you.

Pat Tillett said...

Wow wow wow! What a great collection of photos! I noticed the name "Mel Fisher" on one of the museums. Isn't the guy that found that famous old ship (losing my mind here) that had millions of dollars of gold on it?

Oliag said...

I absolutely love your sunset pics! The one with the sun flare is amazing! That guy on the unicycle is pretty amazing too!

Hilary said...

Beautiful images. I love the night shots but I especially love the one of the gull on the post.

I wonder if that fish has a secret door which allows them to empty it of cash at regular intervals...

cristina munteanu said...

wonderful photos!

Ginny said...

Oh my GOSH, that last picture!!!!! Blow it up and frame it!!! Display it! There are so many beautiful things here, it is all just breathtaking!! I love all the green umbrellas, did you go to Capt. Tony's? and try the original sloppy joe? The sightseeing statue looks like a real man. And I love that yellow trolley in front of the row of palm trees, I would have to frame and hang that one, too. It would be cool if you made a collage of these and then hung it in your hallway or family room. Those views are wonderful.

Madi and Mom said...

Hi Reena...oh my do I love the trips I take with you. You are such a great hostess! Thank you for that beautiful sunset. They are just exactly as spectacular as I've been told.
Oh what's for supper tonight?
Hugs
C

Dianne said...

What a great view in your top shot Reena - I would love to take breakfast looking out on all that beauty - oh! and the "Fun Time" statue is gorgeous - I guess I'm a Renoir lover and this reminds me of the way he painted women.
Enjoy your holiday and take care. xx

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

what a delightful post with gorgeous photos, reena!
thanks for allowing me to visit that beautiful place through your wonderful photos:)

i'd love to visit there.

happy weekend!
betty

latebloomerbuds said...

Reena, Reena, Reena..you never disappoint. Ahhh, Margie

EG Wow said...

Definitely a lively place with tons to see and enjoy!

CherryPie said...

It sounds such a wonderful place to visit and your pictures tempt me even more.

The sunsets themselves are enough to have me packing my bags...

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

These are fantastic photos, Reena. BTW, did you count the toes on the cats? :)

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

Love Key West although we haven't been down there since 2001 or 2002... can't even remember how long it's been. It's just such a relaxed place to be. Love your pics!!!

Ann said...

wonderful photos and gorgeous sunsets. I would love to be there right now. Those museums look like so much fun

Sharkbytes said...

Great stuff- we made it part way out the keys once, but there was a storm and they closed the road.

Ms. Becky said...

a resounding YES! I enjoyed the views. I've never been there, nor do I have hopes of ever getting there, but it sure would be fun. this is the next best thing I tell you. thanks for the treats. love the photo of the two cats. well, all of them actually. I hope you're having the time of your life. happy weekend to you.

eileeninmd said...

Wonderful photos, Reena! Key West looks like a great place to visit. I love the rooster and the sunset is beautiful.

Barbara said...

Those are some beautiful sunsets, indeed!

CherryPie said...

That looks like a really interesting place to visit.

I love OOTC photos, but I love your creativity with the other photos too :-)