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Key West
January 21, 2009
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The original wooden City Hall on this site was dedicated on July 4th 1876 on the Nations Centennial. It burned down in 1882 and this "new" Old City Hall was built around 1890


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In 1891, when this building was founded, the population of Key West was around 18,000. Today it is just 22,000, down from its peak of 33,000 in 1960. There isn't a whole lot going on in this burg


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Sadly, this is one of the city highlights. Founded in 1933 and open daily from 9:00 am until 4:00 am, this was a regular haunt of Ernest Hemingway when he was in town. Drinks and sandwiches - nothing to do with with the sandwich of the same name


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Duval Street is Key West's main drag and is largely lined with tourist oriented shops, casual restaurants and bars. Personally, it is reminiscent of New Orleans with some finesse - much more enjoyable than the post Katrina hulk in Louisiana


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These three joints, along with five other nearby establishment, are owned by a single operator and provide a range of services from pizza to adult entertainment. Romantic, isn't it?


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Shorty's used to be a favored snack shop specializing in French toast and similar delicacies. In more recent times it has been elevated to another Tee shirt store. So much for culture.


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Here we see the Brits, Dave and Lynn, striding along with Marian. Whatever was going on to their left certainly had their attention


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Might have known - Irish Kevin's - yet another specimen of Key West's entertainment offerings


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Now what, Henna Tattoos? It certainly doesn't take much to amuse this trio


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Three for the price of one! The Bull is Key West's oldest open air bar (has no windows). On the second floor is the Whistle Bar where tropical drinks are sipped while watching the world go by. On the roof is the Garden of Eden, Key West's only "Clothing Optional" bar


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This being was, thankfully, in the Bull and not the Garden of Eden


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In the midst of all this merriment is Saint Paul's Episcopal Church a classic case of "If at first you don't succeed...". As a result of fire and hurricanes the original church was rebuilt in 1846, 1886 and 1919 with the most recent restoration being completed in 1990


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The Strand Theater spent its declining years as a cinema showing the same lurid pornographic movies year after year until it was acquired by Walgreens and converted to a drug store. Not sure how I really feel about that


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A cute looking Denny's although the food is sure to be the standard fare


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At the southern end of Duval Street is, guess what - the Most Southern House in the United States!


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Unbeknownst to our intrepid trio, at this very moment they were the southernmost folk in the whole of the USA!


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Neither Lynn nor Dave appeared too impressed by their brief moment of fame however


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Aha! The official version seems better appreciated. Sadly, this Key West monument ranks as number eight out of nine locations that all lay claim to being the southernmost point. Not to worry though, there are eight northernmost points and more than a dozen claims for the east and west extreme titles


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Now isn't that romantic?


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Like modern tourist towns the world over, Key West has its very own little train sets


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A compelling combination


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Must be the heat that attracts them


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One hopes that the aspiring artist producing these works actually has some form of gainful employment outside of the art world


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Talking of art, check out those maracas


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Now Lynn really got into the spirit of things and almost had to be restrained


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Bongo Boy, as usual, was out of step with everyone else


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Peppa, the wonder dog, had been left at home while we strolled around town, so a conciliatory gift was in order to cheer her up. This threadbare parrot in the pet store wanted full Union rate just to stand around and so a substitute was sought


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Eureka! Lynn tracked down this natty flea in the back of the store and thought it would be a good match for a neglected dog
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