Books, Restaurant, Travel

Key West

On Sunday, my family decided to make the 2 hour drive down to Key West. I wasn’t sure what to expect. Since I knew we would be in the car for a good portion of the day, I brought my book with me. I started a new book Saturday called The Simplicity of Cider. I finished it on the drive and it’s definitely a good easy read! Let’s go in order of the day shall we?

An old U.S. Coast Guard building in Key West

Once we got to Key West, we ended up driving around a bit for parking. We started walking down the street and passed by The Little White House. It was a place that Harry Truman and other past presidents stayed at while in the Key West. The grounds were absolutely beautiful. Aside from the Little White House, there are other apartments and houses on the property that you may buy. In the picture I took while walking down the street, I saw people riding bikes and I think it would be a nice (and shaded!) place to bike.

View near The Little White House

From there walked to Ernest Hemingway’s house. I’ll be honest, I’ve never read any of his book but I love historical houses with it. They have about 30 minute long tours and our guide was great! He was funny, informative and engaging with the crowd. The grounds were amazing. Along the tour, our guide pointed out a great photo op of the lighthouse across the street. You can see how many trees are on the property so walking around was pretty pleasant with that shading the area.

View of lighthouse from Hemingway’s balcony

We walked along Duval street looking at some shops and were dying for a drink so we stopped at Mangoe’s. While talking to the bartender, he told us how you’re allowed to openly drink on the streets as long as it’s not in a glass bottle or glass. That was all I needed to hear before asking for a to go cup of water! After a little more walkign around and shopping we were ready for some food.

We found a place called Caroline’s Cafe. For an appetizer, we order Ahi Tuna (my family really enjoyed it but I don’t eat seafood) and Tex Mex Rolls, which were a spring but with a tex-mex inpired filling. The rolls we so good! We ate them so quick. For my entree, I tried the Cuban Mix sandwich. It had pulled pork, ham, bacon, pickles and mustard on it. So good! I ate the whole thing. I’m beyond happy that I ordered it and would definitely recommend it to anyone who tries out this restaurant. Overall we really enjoyed our experience there, the waitress was super attentive and polite and the music was really good.

After we finished, we walked to Sunset Pier. Originally we planned on watching the sunset in Key West but after walking around and being in the sun all day we were exhausted and ready to relax on the couch at our house. Before we headed back to our house though we stopped at the southen most point of the continental U.S.A.

Southernmost point of continental U.S.A

When we were super close to our house, my dad pulled over to a random plaza for us to get ice cream. A waffle cone of peanut butter chocolate was the perfect end to a hot day in the sun. Once home, I changed into pjs, found a new book to read, called Alex (hi babe!), and watched a little tv before going to bed.

Have a good Monday!

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