Saturday, August 14, 2004

Florida Day 11

I got up early and when to run on the treadmill, while Jack and Sharon were still asleep. After I got back Sharon went down to the health club. We checked out of the Biltmore and headed back to back to Cocowalk for breakfast at the Green Street Cafe.

After breakfast, we did a driving tour of Coral Gables. Coral Gables is a planned community developed by George Merrick in the 1920's. The tour included two of the four original four grand entrances and six of Merrick's Disneyesque international villages. It is a very nice residential area and only reinforces some of our dissatisfaction with our current neighborhood.

By 12:45 p.m., we started the 160 mile drive to Key West. I really liked the drive down the Keys; it was a very unique experience. We got to our hotel in Key West a little after 4 p.m.

We got a great two story room with a pool right outside our door at the Ambrosia House in Key West. This is on Fleming Street two blocks off Duval Street.

Jack and I swam for a while in the pool right outside our door. We then headed down Duval Street. We ended up having dinner at A&B Oyster House on the broadwalk in the old port. (Sharon had Hogfish! I had Dolphin.)

We then headed back to Mallory Square to watch the performance artists and the sunset and browse the street vendors. Jack's favorite was a show that featured trained house cats jumping through hoops and doing tricks.

We wandered back up Duval Street. Sharon was looking for a Key West Italian Charm which she finally found. We got back to the room a little after 10 p.m.

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