Sunday, May 24, 2015

KEY WEST - DUVAL ST.

Spring Break this year was an adventure 
to the Florida Keys & Key West!  
The Keys are made up of 800 tiny islands 
with only 30 of them inhabited. 
We stayed at the
DUVAL GARDENS, BED & BREAKFAST.

(click above for B & B information)
It's on Duval St., but in the middle of this major Key West Street, so no bars and fairly quiet. The room was a bit small, but we only slept there and the price was cheaper than most with free parking, a nice continental breakfast on the porch and a pool. The best part is that we parked our car when we arrived and didn't move it until we left.
Across the street was the Old Town Trolley Tours (click for info) with a 2-day pass and discount attraction tickets. Behind the Trolley pick-up was a CVS that sold beer and wine. 

Happy Hour with a couple other guests on the front porch of our B&B was fun as we watched the world go by on Duval St.
Across the street from our B&B were several families of chickens!!! They are a "protected" bird on the island and if you hit one by car -- it's a $500. fine!! 




You never grow old on Duval St.

 Duval St. by night.



 The Southernmost . . .
houses, B&Bs, hotels, restaurants and gift shops.


For real -
The Southernmost Spot
ON Duval St. 
 The line to take a picture of the front side
was 30 mins. long.

 So Danny got on the back side of the Southernmost Point Marker and is actually closer to Cuba than those posing
on the front side of the marker :-}}

BTW - the house behind him is REALLY the Southernmost House. 


Thursday, May 7, 2015

THE FLORIDA KEYS MILE-MARKER GUIDE

Spring Break this year was an adventure 
to the Florida Keys & Key West!  
The Keys are made up of 800 tiny islands 
with only 30 of them inhabited. 

is a must if you're driving to & from Key West. 
(click above for the link, copy and take it with you.)

It's an easy full day drive of eating, drinking and discovering new places driving down to Key West, then another full day driving back to Miami. These are a few of the things we discovered going to
and returning from Key West. 
(Thank you Cuzzz for sharing your adventure 
and this Mile-Marker Guide!! 
Mile Marker 104.1
My husband enjoys old movies and KEY LARGO with Humphrey Bogart is one of his favorites.
The exterior of the Caribbean Club was used in the 1948 movie KEY LARGO. Now you find local "personalities" hanging out in the bar
as well as KEY LARGO memorabilia. 

Frank McCloud:  When your head says one thing and your whole life says another, your head always loses!

Most road-kill that you see while driving along any road and highway is usually a possum or armadillo.
Iguanas are fast creatures; but some just aren't fast enough!!! We saw several green splats 
in the middle of the road. 
In the early 1900s, Henry Morrison Flagler built 
The Florida East Coast Railway to Key West. Sadly
in 1935, a portion of the line was destroyed by a hurricane.
The above mile-marker is in the back of the Caribbean Club, marking the distance by train to Key West and to Jacksonville.  
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Mile Marker 99.7
THE AFRICAN QUEEN
The original vessel from the 1951
Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn movie- 
THE AFRICAN QUEEN.
You can take an hour & 20 minute cruise in her and enjoy of her historical past. 

Mile Marker 86.7
RAIN BARREL ARTISAN'S VILLAGE

This giant Florida Lobster is anatomically correct.  She stands 30 feet high and 40 feet long. She's about 30 years old and is named Betsy.  
Yum! Yum!!

Mile Marker 85.3
HOG HEAVEN BAR & GRILL
Betsy, the Fla. Lobster made me hungry for seafood and I was told Hog Heaven had 
the BEST Fried Shrimp. 
Fresh seafood is the Keys staple and I have to admit that Hog Heaven's fried shrimp was almost as good as O'Steens in St. Augustine. And that's saying A LOT!! Plus eating out on the dock with this view = a fantastic beginning of our seafood adventure.

The conch fritters were OK, but I knew
the BEST conch fritters were yet to come! 
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Mile Marker 81.5
ISLAMORADA FISH COMPANY
The Islamorada Fish Company sits behind the Worldwide Sportsman on the water.  The restaurant has its own fishing fleet so the fish is fresh off the boats. We ate here on our way back to Miami. 

Mile Marker 48.5
THE TURTLE HOSPITAL
Not visiting the Turtle Hospital was my only
 disappointment the whole trip!!
The Turtle Hospital supports its program of rescuing and rehabilitate about 100 injured sea turtles a year.  Visitors meet the injured sea turtles up close and are able to throw feed into their tanks. Their educational programs run on the hour from 10am to 4pm. We didn't get to take the tour because the space is limited and they suggest reservations. I called to make a reservation the day before we left Key West and they were already booked 3 days out!! 
Be sure to call in advance for a reservation!!
305-743-2552.
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Mile Marker 30.2
NATIONAL KEY DEER WILDLIFE REFUGE
Big Pine Key is home to the endangered Florida Key Deer. We never did find the Wildlife Refuge nor did we see a Florida Deer; but we did find
NO NAME PUB.
There are no signs to the Pub!
You just drive and drive in open space and through a residential neighborhood. They say this area is "teeming" with the tiny deer; but we were there at high-noon and not sunset when the deer usually come out.
There's history here!
The waitress was happy to tell us all about it. 
Since I was driving, 
I just had water and pretty good conch fritters. 
Interesting wall paper -- 
Dollar bills hanging from every inch
of the walls, beams and ceiling. 
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There are so many places to stop, explore and eat.
I wish we had a couple of days for just the drive from Mile Marker 127.5 in Florida City
to our final destination- 
Mile Marker 0
KEY WEST
The most stolen sign in town!! 
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If you're driving to Key West, 
is a must!! Click on the link and be sure
to take this wonderful guide with you!!

Saturday, May 2, 2015

CORAL CASTLE

Spring Break this year was an adventure 
to the Florida Keys! 
We flew into Miami and 
traveled approximately 127 miles 
and crossed 42 bridges to reach Key West.  
The Keys are made up of 800 tiny islands 
with only 30 of them inhabited. 
Before leaving the mainland,
we visited an old Florida tourist attraction called,
CORAL CASTLE.  It's south of Miami in Homestead. 
Ed left his homeland of Latvia in 1913
after his sweetheart Agnes left him.
Using only hand tools, Ed constructed, single-handedly, 1,100 tons of coral rock into the gardens that we see today as a testimony
for his love of Agnes.
9 ton slab of coral rock that can be opened
and closed with your finger.
These are coral structures of a bed for himself, for his beloved Agnes
and two smaller beds for their children-to-be.
Ed carved into the base of the Obelisk, but not seen in this photo -
Made 1923
Moved 1939
Born 1887
Latvia
Ed L
.
It took Ed from 1923 to 1951 to complete, 
working mostly at night by lantern light to help protect his privacy as he worked alone.  
The rocking chair on top rocks.
Ed's Planets behind the Throne Room. 
Ed's Planets
Feast of Love Table
Ed's living quarters upstairs and
his Tool Shed downstairs.
Ed's small room upstairs had his sleeping hammock hanging in the middle of the room, 
with another chair/hammock hanging 
in a corner. 
These are the only tools that Ed used
to construct his Coral Castle.
Outside the walled Castle is where Ed quarried the coral rock. This area of Florida, the hard coral rock is just an inch below the surface of the ground.  

This is Ed Leedskainin.
He weighted 100 pds. and stood 5 ft. tall. 
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Billy Idol wrote and recorded his song “Sweet Sixteen” as a tribute
to Ed and the Coral Castle.
The video was also shot on location at the Castle.


Friday, April 3, 2015

PONCE CITY MARKET of ATLANTA



Taken in 1926
In 1925, Sears, Roebuck & Co. built a massive brick building on 16 acres of land on Ponce de Leon Ave. for a retail store and warehouse distribution center which served the Southeastern US. 
Atlanta City Hall East

Sears closed in 1989 and in 1991 the building was bought by Atlanta and converted into City Hall East. Using only 10% of the building and the upkeep of the building being astronomical, the city of Atlanta sold it and finally this historic structure is being restored to serve as entertainment, retail, apartment living and businesses.
The new and improved - PONCE CITY MARKET!!! 
My Baby Girl works for MailChimp. 
They outgrew their previous location and 
they're in the process of moving their offices 
into the PONCE CITY MARKET.  
Last weekend we took a tour of her new work place!
 Artwork covers many of the walls.
A conference room was covered with skateboards.

This wall mural shows how 
Diversity Connects to Diversity. 
This area connects the two levels and is used for guest speakers. It's like stadium seating with a projector behind me. 

This board is made of pencils, 
waiting to be hung on the wall! 
Isn't my Baby adorable?  
Now look at those windows! They still open!!
Jamestown Properties has restored most of the original features of the former Sears building in order to maintain the integrity of the project.  They have replaced hundreds of panes of glass in the original windows instead of replacing the windows.
Mixing the new with the old!! 
Where is your Baby Brother??
Soon :-}}
A board with huge electrical switches and 
My Girls! 
Having brunch!

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