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Our Magnificent Journey
Chapter 15
Cuba and Florida
 Classic American car in Havana
Day 12
Key West

Our king-sized bed at the Avalon B&B may well be the most comfortable bed we’ve slept in during any of our trips.  We slept incredibly well and woke at 8:30AM – very late for us.


Showered, dressed and enjoyed a hearty breakfast on the Avalon front porch as we people-watched hordes of tourists walking, biking, electric-scootering and riding the hop-on/hop-off trams.  There is an endless flow of humanity up and down Duvall Street. 


After breakfast we walked across the street from the Avalon and toured the popular Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory where we walked among hundreds of beautiful multi-colored butterflies, birds turtles and two pink flamingos.  Well worth the entrance fee. 


Flamingos at the Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory
Giant moth
Giant moth
Click above to see inside the Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory

We next boarded one of the City Tours hop-on/hop off buses to get a better feel of the layout of the city environs.  Jumped off at a restaurant for delicious conch chowder and sodas.  Did some window-shopping in the area and then hopped on another City Tours bus to continue our exploration of Key West. 


Mile 0 on US Highway 1
Marilyn in Key West

At 2PM we hopped off at the Avalon to freshen up and rest.  Today is quite sunny, hot and humid, but the trade winds help make the day more comfortable.


At 4:30PM we realized we had not eaten much since breakfast so we walked five blocks to Louie’s Backyard where we sat on the upper deck overlooking the emerald-green Atlantic as we enjoyed truffle fries, Caesar salad, arugula pizza and a cool Sauvignon Blanc.  Delicious.


We walked back to the B&B to rest and pack for tomorrow’s drive back to Miami.


At 7PM we walked across Duvall Street to the Cork and Stogie one more time and sat with a group of several fun, retired military guys and enjoyed cigars and beer as we swapped stories with them.


Walked a couple of blocks west on Duvall Street and realized we were exhausted so we turned around and headed back to the Avalon.  The sun has set and the trade winds gently swaying the palm fronds were a welcome respite from today’s brutal sun and humidity.


In bed by 9PM, we reflected on the past twelve days of adventure before falling to a deep sleep.


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