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Old 09-05-2012, 10:43 AM   #16
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You saw my huge hair in the Florida weather! I think I'll take the name of the anti-frizz product too!

I've had the key lime pie on a stick too. Yum! I'm really craving some right now. Hmmm...there is a place very close to where I work that serves it. Not as good as actual key lime pie in the keys but it will have to do! Sorry to hear about Daniel's little mishap. I swear that our kids could be the same child. But happy to hear that your get together with Tom & Karin went well! How fun!
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Great read.

Glad the day improved for the better with a couple of drinks
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Hi there Joh!!! What a great time in Key West - love the "southern most" everything. And that key lime pie.... oooohhh ahhhhh!!

Glad to see that your meet up with Karin and Tom worked out well. How nice to share a meal and spend time together! Wish we'd had more time with you and your family but there is always next time!!

Take care and I look forward to more of your adventures!
I hope our paths cross again one day soon Brenda. We loved spending time with you, Emily and Michael

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Great day. Glad you met Karin & Tom(I never knew you knew them) I have tried twice and failed.

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I was worried, at one point,t hat we wouldn't get to meet them but glad it all worked out. They really are lovely

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I got day 1 up for Mike to read, came back to find him reading day 2, first thing he said to me, "Daniel fell in a stream, Joh was not happy", nothing about the beautiful Keys, I don't think my plan is working.

I think you should rename this TR, how much Key Lime Pie can one person eat.
Oh dear, do I need to talk him into it I don't think we ate as much key lime pie as I had intended to

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OMG !!!! The Southernmost Hotel .... we stayed there on our honeymoon ... it was just wonderful to see it again and made me feel all warm and fuzzy. That Key Lime pie looks incredible. I so need to go back to Key West
I know Sarah, it really is a lovely place. We will definitely go back. I'm glad I was able to bring back some happy memories for you, through my trip reports.

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Another lovely day, despite a few setbacks. I bet it was so nice meeting Karin and Tom. I am also a fan of her fantastic dining reports. Now... You simply MUST share the name of the anti-frizz product you use!
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You saw my huge hair in the Florida weather! I think I'll take the name of the anti-frizz product too!
Since you ladies asked so nicely, it is Lee Stafford Poker Straight. I get it from Boots

http://www.boots.com/en/Lee-Stafford...y-200ml_15966/

Tracey, I'm not sure if it's available in the US. If not, let me know and I can send some over for you to try

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I've had the key lime pie on a stick too. Yum! I'm really craving some right now. Hmmm...there is a place very close to where I work that serves it. Not as good as actual key lime pie in the keys but it will have to do! Sorry to hear about Daniel's little mishap. I swear that our kids could be the same child. But happy to hear that your get together with Tom & Karin went well! How fun!
Are we talking about Eilee? She looked as though butter wouldn't melt Oh, I hope you get to enjoy a piece of key lime pie on a stick very soon. It might not be the same but close enough, surely

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A lovely day in Key West and what a mahoosive slice of Key Lime Pie - yummy and definitely better for meringue on top instead of whipped cream.

Next time you go you really need to stay for sunset at Mallory Square Dock.

What a shame that Hemmingway's house was a disappointment - just shows that a bad guide can really spoil things.

Glad poor Daniel didn't end up with heat rash after the stream disaster.

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Tam, I am already dreaming of getting to eat that key lime pie again. It really was delectable, especially washed down with the fruity Key West Lemonade I have found a recipe for it so may try it (if I can persuade Tony & Tee to bring some key lime juice back for me in November)

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I love key lime pie and that slice was wow! Why do kids manage to find things AND fall in them? You turn your back for a nano second and bam in they go! Glad you enjoyed your dis meet
Andrea, tell me about it - I can't leve him alone for a minute. I should have known he would do something to embarrass me.
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Old 09-05-2012, 05:56 PM   #18
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Since you ladies asked so nicely, it is Lee Stafford Poker Straight. I get it from Boots

http://www.boots.com/en/Lee-Stafford...y-200ml_15966/
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Old 09-06-2012, 08:30 AM   #19
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The best overview of the Keys that I have ever seen, Joh, and making me seriously consider it as a component of a future trip! Thank you!!!

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Old 09-07-2012, 08:01 PM   #20
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Loving this TR
Sounds like you had a stressful start to the day but it all worked out in the end
Cool that you got to meet up with Karin and Tom
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Old 09-08-2012, 06:09 AM   #21
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Old 09-19-2012, 11:01 AM   #22
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Have had alot of catching up to do, between this and the BM&O Day#15-17 threads! Lovin' this TR!

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It was really hot and we were all just a bit fed up by now. We were even more fed up when an Old Town Trolley turned up and went sailing past without even stopping. When the second one passed, I marched across to the booth to find out why, only to be told that the Old Town Trolleys left from a different stop to all the others, outside the Key West Aquarium. Eventually we found the right place and discovered that the next trolley left at noon, giving us just enough time for a quick refreshment break..
Does the Old Town Trolley have different buses for different routes? I was wondering what you meant when you said it left from a different stop than the 'others'. (And would a few Key-Lime Margaritas make it too challenging for me to navigate around the island for a day using these?)

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The key lime pie on a stick was delicious but very messy. We just shared one, which was more than enough, although Daniel kept moaning that he wanted one to himself..
Love the KW restaurant reviews! We'll be stopping there in February on our 4-nt. and I haven't been in 18 years. I definitely will be adding 'Key Lime Pie on a Stick' to my list of must-do's!

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I suspected he wanted to try and find some of the famous polydactyl (6-toed) cats so we agreed he could wander round by himself as long as he stay out of trouble.
Cool! Polydactyl kitty!! Also on the list!
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Glad the day wasn't spoiled after all, things are always better after a drink or three.
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It has taken me quite a while to get back to reading your reports Joh but it was worth the wait. What wonderful photos and what a lovely part of Florida the Keys seems to be. Such a shame that Daniel took a tumble but Im glad to see that your day improved. The Key Lime Pie looks lush. Funny enough, there seem to be two types - with and without meringue. I have made the one with meringue and it is delicious.
Glad too that you got to meet your friends and spend quality time together.

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did u book on the conch train or the tram tour ? are the both the same thing?

also did you get chance to see any of the street entertainers in mallory square

do you remember how far a drive it was from duck key in to key west ??

im trying to get everything booked for our 3rd week and struggling a bit , so got a few back up options

your expenses log is most useful , my £100 a day budget isnt going to get us far down here 5x$9.50 pies !!
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did u book on the conch train or the tram tour ? are the both the same thing?
We were on the Old Town Trolley Tour - they are different. The Conch train is a round trip, you can't get on and off. The trolley tour is one where oyu can get on and off at the different stops. It takes about 75 minutes to do the whole loop with the trolley tour but we like that we can just get off and look around, then get onto the next trolley that comes along.

If oyu do book the trolley tour, it starts off from just outside the Key West Aquarium. All the other tours start off in Mallory Square. Don't make the same mistake as us and wait in the wrong place for nearly an hour

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do you remember how far a drive it was from duck key in to key west ??
Duck Key to Key West was just over an hour. If you aren't going to stay in Key West but want to explore the Keys, I would suggest a central-ish location such as Islamorada or Marathon.

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your expenses log is most useful , my £100 a day budget isnt going to get us far down here 5x$9.50 pies !!
We did find the Keys pretty expensive. We just shared a lot. The frozen Key Lime Pie, for example, we shared between 3 of us and it was plenty to get a good taste. You could easily share 2 or 3 between you.
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thats all really helpful thankyou

we had planned on a stay in islamorada anyway but possibly making that the base for all 3 nights now is having no luck finding a decent place to stay in key west for a good price

that duck key u stayed in does keep popping u in searches at £330 for 2 nights
otherwise the drop anchor at £135 a night on islamorada is not too far over budget but looks to have good reviews

i just really like dthe idea of sitting out at key west with a few cocktails for the sunset and street entertainers without dh having to drive back to another island

thanks for the tip about the trolley stop !! kids ride free on one of the websites i looked at so will double check , the hop on and off one sounds better
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We stayed at the Southernmost hotel on Duval, cost me £153/nt but included parking and internet. Lovely hotel & location.
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thanks wayne , i dont think we fit in the rooms at southernmost !! curse my 3rd child !!

ITS USEFUL HAVING BOTH YOUR EXPERT VIEWS TRIP REPORTS TO READ AND REREAD !! even if it does mean more things get added to the must do list !! pies and battered cheese savings begins!!
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