Monthly Archives: December 2012

Florida Keys Travel Safety Tips



I wanted to give you some tips on travel safety when you are in the Florida Keys. Where to go if you get hurt and you need a hospital or how to contact the police if need be. Traveling to another area can be just a horrendous experience if you don’t know who to contact in an emergency. I know there is 911 that you can call, but if you prepare yourself for the worst, the worst usually never happens. Better to be safe than sorry is what I always say.

There are 3 hospitals throughout the Keys. In the Upper Keys is the Mariner’s Hospital. It is at Mile Marker 91.5 in Tavernier. The phone number for the Mariner’s is 305-434-3000. Continue reading

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Keys – Cruise ships in port


One thing you will find out about Key West is the abundance of things to do on land and at sea. While we were hanging out around the main streets of Key West, which is close to Mallory Square and the Westin Resort, we watched a Carnival Cruise Ship leaving port. Here’s a little bit of video from that day in the Keys:

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Key West Florida – Hemingway Studio


If you decide to take the Hemingway tour on Whitehead Street it is well worth the bucks to do so. There are several buildings on the Hemingway grounds. The most fascinating for me was the studio in which he did most of his writing. Originally, the building was a carriage house that sits right behind the main house. When we were there, we could go up steps to get to the studio, but we found out later that they were only put there for tourists. Hemingway had a gate cut into the house’s veranda railing, then built a catwalk to his studio. He did most of his writing in the early morning hours and so all he had to do was get up and go to his studio! Sometime during a heavy storm the cook house and the catwalk were blown down.

You’ll see in the video below that his studio is just as he left it in his writing days. The Royal typewriter, cuban cigar-maker’s chair and all the memento’s on the walls and shelves were things that he had collected over the years. Take a look for yourself and I apologize for the shaky video: Continue reading

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