Flashback Friday – Florida Part Two…

We drove down to Key Largo the Looooong way round (thank you very much SatNav!) and stayed 3 days at Ocean Pointe Suites
 
Our suite once again came with a full kitchen, of which we only used the kettle, a double and twin en suite rooms and a balcony. The place was almost empty, we often had the pool to ourselves. I imagine during peak season this is a very busy resort, but in September it was perfect, and great value for money.
 
We stopped of here to catch up with old friends who are lucky enough to live in this end of the world. Our days mainly consisted of pancakes for breakfast, lounging by the pool and having a relaxing time after the busyness of Orlando. We also went manatee searching down by the marina, but with no success.
 
Whilst we were here I celebrated my 25th Birthday. We had a big get together and the locals took us to Dillons Pub and Grill  – an Irish bar where the food was really tasty – especially the French onion soup, and the company was perfect. It was a lovely way to celebrate quarter of a century. 
 
After a peacfull few days, we packed up the car once more and headed down the highway to Key West. At least this journey was only one road so we could’t get lost and go on a massive diversion.
The Beach at Ocean Pointe Suites.
The Walkway at Ocean Pointe Suites.
The beginning of the drive down to Key West.
One of the many traumatising bridges that Mo had to tackle.

Our base of operations in Key West was The Inn at Key West. This was the most expensive of all our hotels, and the smallest room too. We were well on the outskirts of town – we stupidly walked it, just once. Taxis were used the rest of the time, and the fare wasn’t too high. But other than that it was worth the money.I don’t have any pictures of the pool area, but you should click on the link and have a look at the gallery, the pool was amazing!

Luckily we were right next to an ihop, so we breakfasted there most days, and spent the rest of the morning by the pool. In the early afternoon we would head down into town and wander the streets. Often after stopping at Fat Tuesdays first.

I adore Key West. The style of houses, the general laid back attitude.

And the CHICKENS. 

There are chickens everywhere, even in the cemetery, which is well worth a look around.

We did all the touristy things, we rode the Conch Train tour, went to the Butterfly Conservatory. We ate Key Lime Pie and a huge breakfast at Two Friends Patio. There is so much to do and EAT, and that is one of the reasons we are going back next year!

One of the highlights of this trip was what we did for B’s 25th Birthday. On the last night we took a sunset cruise on the boat recommended to us by our friends in Key Largo – The Western Union. For $59 you get taken way out to sea to catch the sunset, unlimited champagne, beer, wine or soft drinks. You get the chance to help with sailing, and as it was B’s birthday, she got to steer whilst the entire boat sang happy birthday! It was a beautiful sunset to boot!

When we were coming back into harbour, we happened to be by the front of the boat when we noticed that dolphins were playing with us in the surf. It was a magical end to an amazing holiday, even if I did get snotted in the face by one of them. 


The hangover the next day was the worst I have ever felt. Ever. And I had to get a morning flight up to NYC, in what felt like the worlds smallest plane  – I honestly felt like I had to get out and push to get it going.

I’ll include a few pictures from my trip to New York. I have been a few times, partly because one of my best friends lives out there. This time I managed to get to the 9/11 memorial site, which I suggest everyone goes to, even if it’s just to get a sense of the size of what happened. It’s a simple and yet beautiful tribute.

So that was the second part to last weeks Throwback Thursday!

We have already started planning next years trip, and we are once again discovering that Key West is going to eat up so much of our budget. If anyone has any suggestions of where to stay, or where to eat for that matter leave them below in the comments.

Also – hello to all my readers! I have readers! It makes me so happy that people are reading what I am writing, and even occasionally commenting!

Have an amazing weekend!

Much Love,

-amanda 

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