Friday, November 18, 2011

Key West ... Part 2, Street Scenes






 The Duval Street Crawl ... so named because after you stop at all the famous bars, you will be "crawling" back to your hotel!  (Not that I have ever done that ... well, maybe once when I was much much younger.  Not a good idea to have a shot of tequila at each bar on the way back to one's hotel.  It was not a pretty sight.  Nor was it a pretty morning ... ugh!)

Above is a daytime shot of Duval Street.  At night, it is all lit up with shops, restaurants, bars and crowds and crowds of people.  The Professor and I tend to avoid Duval street.  Too crowded for us.


There are many fine restaurants on the island.  One of our favorite places is Blue Heaven.  It's rather funky, laid back and has excellent service.


And where else can you eat and have roosters and chickens underfoot?
Sometimes a few battles break out.
Did you know that chickens can meander free.  They are everywhere! 
The whole island is a bird sanctuary. 
But this is the only restaurant that I know of
that have free range chickens at the table.


Key Lime Pie offers are everywhere!
Oh, my shorts are complaining at my ever expanding waist.

Another fine restaurant is Pepe's.  
They have some cool artwork inside, even a nude lady! 
I wonder if that is why The Professor likes going there.


I thought I'd throw in some other views from my bike rides.  There are so many 
cute rehabbed houses and then there are
others waiting.




















Of course I gotta throw in some pictures of bikes.  Not quite the Amsterdam type biking community but many use them to get around. 







I took a ride into the Key West Cemetery.  There was a lovely dedication to 
those who lost their lives on the U.S. Battleship "Maine".



And I found this Coast Guard ship "Ingram" fascinating.  You could board and take a tour, 
but we didn't.  It was VERY hot and humid.  There was nothing
appealing to me about being inside a ship that day!


But the fascinating part was this painted on the side of the ship.  Gotta love it!


 Of course, there are so many street scenes, I could go on forever.  But I'll stop for now.






But I must mention the kitties.  They are everywhere ... napping.  


 Tomorrow, I'll show you some of the Hemingway House
and those 5-toed cats!
Way cool!


Another sunset for you. 
Hope you enjoyed today's tour of street scenes!

Until tomorrow, friends,


44 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

kitties everywhere! chickens everywhere! bikes everywhere! bars everywhere! key lime pies everywhere! :)

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

I can't get over all the colors in that chicken!! Thanks for the island tour. You are getting some amazing photos!

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

Your pictures are so marvellious and serene that I'm afraid to be disappointed when (if) I get there!!

Woody said...

go ahead, rub it in. It's like 30 degree here. Y'all bring some of that warm stuff back with a slice of key lime, please! My head hurts just thinking about that 'crawl'. Very cool series, such a colorful place. Did I mention it was 30 degrees?

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

oh my fosh!

such terrific shots!
beautiful houses and lovely blue of the ocean.

love them all!

Evelyn S. said...

Color everywhere! Fabulous images with fabulous colors....beautifully captured and edited by you!

Ms. Becky said...

I'd think I had died and gone to heaven if I were in a place with kitties everywhere and all that key lime pie. now I'm going to have to go out and buy some key limes and make a pie, see what you've gone and done? I've heard that Blue Heaven has a really good pie. but you're in Key West for the cry, in the thick of it all. these photos are fabulous. I'm looking forward to seeing more kitty photos. happy weekend Reena.

Sylvia K said...

Oh, I love all of the things that are "everywhere"! What a great place and it does sound as though you're having a wonderful time and I'm so happy for you! What a gorgeous sunset! Right out of the movies! And all that sunshine!! Wow1 It's supposed to snow here tonight!! Enjoy! And have a great weekend, Reena!

Sylvia

Ginny said...

The houses are wonderful colors! And is that a bike sculpture outside the Pie Factory? It matches the building. Reminds me of the T.V. series "Pushing Daisies", and The Pie Hole restaurant. What is that feathery tree with the pink flowers? I LOVE the artwork at blue Heaven!!! So much colorful and unusual beauty!!!

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

I am enjoy the tour. Dig the paint scheme on the bicycle. Love the cat of course and am looking forward to more. You promised.

Linda R. said...

I so loved this tour!! Thank you so much.. Such lovely photos. I enjoyed them all!!!

Hugs, Linda

bon bon said...

what a bounty of color! i'll have to revisit this post come february. ;o)

Kathy said...

You're such a good tour guide. Standing by for tomorrow's adventure!

Bob Bushell said...

You are great at making photos look real, thanks Reena.

Ann said...

what cat wouldn't want to live in a bird sanctuary. It would be like paradise :)
That place is just loaded with charm

My Journey With Candida said...

You find the neatest things to take pictures of. Like the jeep, or is that a tracker.. anyway.... so neat!!

Sandra said...

thanks for my trip to Key West, I have never seen it and never will and have read many books and you are showing me places that are familiar from the books. i have to say there pretty colored houses look better than the ones here in our village. more charming.

Hilary said...

Wonderful scenes .. so colourful, artistic and fanciful with that photo treatment. I'd also love to see some of the original shots sometime.

ds said...

Oh, those colors! Oh those cats, chickens and bicycles (even the bikes are vibrant)! Thanks for sharing, Reena.

Abe Lincoln said...

I admire your photography. I wish I knew the processing techniques you use. I never have been able to come close using Photoshop or anything else.

Gillian Olson said...

Beautiful photographs, lovely colours.

Daryl said...

BIG sigh of envy ... love the pix .. xo

Andrew said...

It looks like a fantastic place to visit Reena... and I am looking forward to seeing the Hemmingway post.

Oliag said...

I certainly have enjoyed visiting Key West with you! If I close my eyes I can even taste that Key Lime Pie! Wonderful photos Reena!

Jennifer Richardson said...

my cold toes are really feeling
the warm sand and even warmer colors
of your southern journey
Really happy for sunny you!
And enjoying the magic carpet ride
through Key West...thanks.
glad squeeze,
Jennifer

bill lisleman said...

"...inside, even a nude lady..." now you have me wondering, painting, sculpture, waitress?
Never made it the end of the keys but I always imagined the island was very small. Can't you easily walk from one end to the other?

Brian Miller said...

i so miss living in florida...everything seems so much brighter there...ha...cool on all the animals...i would be at the key lime factory...

Patrice said...

We went to Key West in October and got 8 inches of rain every day! I've been posting my pictures, too. You got some great ones!

Catherine said...

All this sunny weather is making my cold and snow even more depressing! :(

I look forward to the kitty photos!

xo Catherine

S. Etole said...

All that color is positively fascinating.

Steve said...

Reena, you have captured a wonderful collection of Key West...well done!!!!

ladyfi said...

Oh, oh, oh! What wonderful warm and colourful shots! So gorgeous.

eileeninmd said...

Lovely images! The colors are just beautiful. Looks like my kind of place to visit.

Steve Gravano said...

Awesome collection! My favorite is the bicycles against the white picket fence, and the last boat and sunset from part 1. Great job!

NatureFootstep said...

looks like painitngs all of it.

beth said...

looks like such an amazing place....the little white picket fences remind me of seaside florida :)

Ruth said...

Reena, your photo tour is like a dream. The colors are like ice cream. The final sunset shot is just tremendous!

CherryPie said...

Wooo, wonderful journey.

Your lovely photos allow me to share the journey with you.

Mental P Mama said...

Such a beautiful place! Did you take the launch over to Sunset Key???

Marcie said...

I just love how you're processing these..rendering them both painterly and cartoon-like. Very creative!

Tricia @ Bluff Area Daily said...

looks like a really cool place to vacation & you display the your shots so beautifully & colorful... i can't pick a fave =)

Barbara said...

Totally loved it. Thank you!

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

Such a colorful place. Photography heaven! Amazing photos, as usual, Reena. :)

dona said...

Since now I love the colorful houses of Key West!