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From journal Key West
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From journal Key West Vacation at the Galleon
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From journal Fort Lauderdale to Key West
April 15, 2004
From journal Key West -- April 2004
Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
June 17, 2003
So the last evening, in plenty of time, we took a meandering walk through shady residential streets - heading purposefully west. The streets away from Duval and Truman are so quiet - lined by larger Victorian houses with their inviting shady porches and tree-filled front yards mixed up with the narrow, brightly painted conch houses.
You know the sort of conversation you start having - "We could work from home . . . easily. I could do some bar work. It would be great - we could live here!!" (We later saw some real estate magazines. There goes that dream).
Anyhow, despite succumbing to the odd tempting cold beer and margarita around the harbour, we made it to Mallory Square with half an hour to spare. This is why the rest of the town is so quiet! So there's the guys selling overpriced paintings, the interesting jewellery . . . (hey, if lots of tourists are gathered in one place sell 'em stuff)- some of it even looked OK. The street theatre is distracting - the performers we saw were very amusing or it might just be me who finds beagles doing tricks that funny.
And then the sun starts to plummet from the sky. Either I don't watch many sunsets (and I guess I don't) but when the sun gets close to the horizon it really seems to speed up!! We had a great spot sat on the water's edge - you're surrounded by hundreds of people doing the same thing but it seemed curiously peaceful for those few minutes as the orange glow spreads across the water.
I liked it.
From journal Key West - the best way to wind down
June 9, 2003
We got some freshly prepared guacamole and sat down at the water’s edge and watched the sun set into the Gulf of Mexico. Everyone was just hanging around having a peaceful time listening to the sounds of the street performers. Several sunset cruises were sailing in the harbor as well and the crowd on the pier would wave at the passengers on the boats. After a while we moved on and saw an escape artist wrap himself in a straight jacket, get wrapped in chains and get hung upside down escape. At the end of the pier, we watched a group of trained house cats do tricks under the direction of a crazy French man.
From journal Key West Fiesta
by Mary Dickinson
May 6, 2003
Then we went to the Sunset Celebration in Mallory Square. We had to find our way there through the nearby waterfront attractions by going in a westerly direction from the Mel Fisher Museuem where we were.
Entertainers were everywhere with every kind of act. I really enjoyed the old Bahamian doing calisthenics and magic and a comedian with sarcastic humor who was insulting everyone. He really was funny. A direlect walked around with twenty cats following him. He stopped and fed them fish every now and again. Artists were selling their wares.
The sun went down in glorious shades of gold red and brown. Sailboats filled with tourists made a spectacular sillouette against the sky as they glided accross the water.
See also Mallory Square
From journal Daytripping To Key West
by Kim M.
Key West, Florida
January 8, 2003
The party begins well before sunset, when vendors and performers set up for the evening. Visitors can purchase anything from watercolor paintings to T-shirts. One can also take in the feline circus, watch a fire juggler, or listen to bagpipers as they provide a soundtrack to the setting sun. The view is periodically eclipsed by large boats full of other partyers that zoom by under power or sail. If you want to take photos, you will need to be quick at times. Some of the large clipper ships (or were they schooners?) make excellent subjects for photography as they pass in front of the setting sun.
Seating on the sea wall is limited, so you should be prepared to stand. Those who need to sit should plan to arrive early on busy days. This is one of the best-known attractions on Key West--and it's FREE! Nature provides something that everyone can enjoy. Just keep in mind that there will likely be a crowd full of diverse people. The best travelers keep an open mind and usually have the most fun.
Now here's my little tip: You can also enjoy a beautiful sunset from an outdoor table at Turtle Kraals. I have some great photos from there!
From journal Key West on the Cheap
Piscataway, New Jersey
January 2, 2003
From journal Weekend in Key West
Auckland, United Kingdom
December 31, 2002
As well as hordes of tourists lining the seafront, the square is also filled with street performers, food stands, and little crafts stalls. Some of the street performers are pretty entertaining--especially the trained cats, which do some amazing tricks. Look out as well for the dog with the cat lying on top of him and the mouse lying on top of the cat. Bizarre!
If you're lucky, sunset is quite a spectacular sight--watching a great ball of fire sink below the waves, the sailing ships silhouetted black against the horizon. To get a good place, though, you will need to arrive earlier, especially on the weekend, and be prepared for disappointment--often the sun just fades away behind the clouds.
From journal Key West times