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Old 02-13-2010, 01:05 PM   #31
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Very much enjoying your trip report -- gives me a way to excitedly anticipate our trip next month.

Can you tell me please what seabands are, where you purchase them, and what they cost?

Weather gods willing, we arrive two days before our cruise and I was hoping to pick up necessities such as seasickness medicine in Florida, rather than before.
The SeaBands I would go ahead and buy at home. You'll probably find a better price and the case they come in is pretty small!
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Old 02-13-2010, 03:30 PM   #32
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Day 2 - Key West!!


Yes, finally, day 2!! Slept in for a great start to the day! Got up and went to Topsider Buffet for breakfast. They had plenty of smoked salmon, my favorite!! One thing of interest on the breakfast buffet is that they had hashbrowns/home fries here that were really good. Totally different from the "hashbrowns" you get in Lumiere's. Those are the McDonald's variety. I was pretty surprised to see those in what are considered the nicer dining rooms. They were really greasy too! Yuck!

After breakfast we took the kids to the Lab and Bert & I set out to explore the ship. Wow!! Where did that blue, blue water come from? It was gorgeous:



Watched the ship come into Key West then went back to cabin to get ready for lunch and then go ashore. Picked the kids up from the Lab, went to lunch at Lumiere's (I think). We finally set out to go ashore around 2:30ish.



We are walking in Mallory Square when Bert looks over at me and says "Are you going to put something on your head or just get sunburned?". NOW you mention that you notice I failed to put on a wig, hat anything... Of course, as it's MY head, maybe you are thinking I should have thought of that myself? That's a good one! I had taken my wig off and put a hat on because on deck it was so windy and hair kept blowing in my face. Took the hat off to change before going ashore and just forgot to put anything else on! Tres annoying! Times like that remind me of why I always had really short hair when I had my own hair!




SO...........


I tell Bert & the kids to go walk around the square and I would be right back. I take care of the headcovering issue and get back off the ship...

I look around and see Bert kind off in the distance near what looks like a museum, maybe.





Oh, good, he took the kids to something cultural! Good for you DH!!





I get a little closer and see my precious children dancing around a group of statues. That is SO CUTE!!








I get even closer and see that the statues are in fact NAKED LADIES!!! WHAT THE HECK!!! Is Bert trying to get our parenting license revoked???





Although, now that I say that.... hhhhhmmmm....







No, no they are our children and we love them! So anyway, here is the scene that greeted me at the museum:




And this:




Actually pretty cool statues! There were a whole bunch of realistic looking statues doing all kinds of stuff:




I think my favorite is the one of the guy lying down at the base of the naked lady ring. Too funny!

We start walking to Hemingway's house. I really wanted to see those 3-toed cats! Oh, yeah, and soak up the culture too...


We finally get there (maybe a couple of miles? not that far to walk). The kids, apparently, are about to DIE from walking so far. Yeah, right, get a move on kids!


We go in and see this on Hemingway's bed:




Those cats were EVERYWHERE! I have never seen so many varieties of cat in one house...


Alex & friend:



After exploring Hemingway's house sufficiently we head back toward the Magic via Duval Street. MANY interesting things to look at on this street! We found an art gallery that had a lot of Michael Godard's martini olive paintings. I love those....








Cool! In we go....






Oops, pictures of not quite naked ladies making out....





"Mommy, what are those ladies doing?"







And out we go.....


We go a few blocks down and find....


Frozen Key Lime pie on a stick! Woo, hoo!!




We got one of those and a regular slice of key lime pie. Personally, I liked the regular pie better as did the DS. Of course, neither of us is really a chocolate fan...

Go a little further and see a guy with a big pink cockatoo (?), a python and a couple of other animals. You can take as many pix as you want with an animal for $10. See picture below:










Oh, that's right! $10 to take a picture? Don't think so...


While the kids are admiring the animals, I look around and see the Garden of Eden bar. Key West's ONLY clothing optional bar!



You will note the sign for the Lost Weekend liquor store just beneath. I would imagine that is how you end up in the Garden of Eden bar in the first place! I am just dying to know how this works: are there lockers for your clothes? do they have disposable covers for the bar stools?

Not that I am going to find this out on my own! Not that brave! And EEEWWW sitting on a bar stool or chair that a naked stranger has been sitting on? Don't think so... Also, this place is on the ROOF!! Naked on the roof? Whatever...

So we get back to the ship. Bert heads for nap-ville and I take the kids to the pool until time to get ready for shows and dinner. Get back to the cabin so everyone can shower and get dressed, and most difficult of all - wake sleeping beauty from his nap!


Cruise casual in Lumiere's for dinner tonight. Show at 6:30 is Ricky Kalmon. The show is hysterical!! Bert got picked to go up and get hypnotised! The kids were ecstatic but he wasn't able to go under, so someone else took his place. Later in the show I think the DH was considering himself quite lucky to not be up there....

Great show! He had one guy thinking he was Susan Boyles auditioning for Britian's Got Talent and he would get up and sing whenever the music came on... When the show was over, we went to the Promenade Lounge to enjoy an adult beverage and listen to some music til dinner time.

Dinner at Lumiere's was really good, but for me the real standout was the escargot. Could have eaten a ton of it!! Had a great time with Pam, Randy and the girls! By the time dinner was over, the kids were wiped out so we took them to the cabin to get them in bed before Bert and I went out to see another show. When we got there we found this:





Got the kids situated in bed and we went upstairs to see Team Rootberry. I wasn't too sure this was going to be that good, but it really was very funny and entertaining! Comedy and juggling all in one show...

Tomorrow is a sea day! And even better....






Palo brunch!!! I can't wait!

But you will have too! More to come...
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Old 02-13-2010, 09:20 PM   #33
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Was not aware there was so much "cultural" things in Key West. Good to know.

I'm hoping you have lots of pictures and details from Palo brunch. I hear good things about it.
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Old 02-13-2010, 10:18 PM   #34
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Key west was eventful thats for sure. Can you believe my Dad paid $10 to get his picture taken with that dumb snake. He had me taking the picture and I was shaking the whole time. I just knew I was going to get my Dad being squeezed to death by the snake on film.
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Old 02-15-2010, 08:35 PM   #35
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Loving it, Kelli! We did the trolley tour in Key West but missed the Hemingway House. My 5 year old would have loved all of the cats! Next year's cruise... We did love the trolley tour and the shipwreck museum, though.

Looking forward to the next installment!
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I am patiently waiting for the next installment. It helps to relive the week so I am less homesick.
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Thanks!!

We go on the Magic in March - I loved reading your report!!
This is our first cruise, I didn't know about the pillowcase thing - when do the kids get it back?
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Loving your report!
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This is our first cruise, I didn't know about the pillowcase thing - when do the kids get it back?
It is returned to your stateroom on the last night of your cruise, along with your sharpies. We got about 10 signatures on each case. Very cool!
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We didn't do a pillow case but a picture mat. It works the same way.
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Oh my gosh...where did you get Alex's Beatles tunic? DD7 absolutely loves the Beatles (I've raised her right!!) and would die for a shirt like that! Her bday is only a couple months away. I'd love to get her one of those!
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We go on the Magic in March - I loved reading your report!!
This is our first cruise, I didn't know about the pillowcase thing - when do the kids get it back?
Thanks! We got it back on Friday night at turndown.

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Oh my gosh...where did you get Alex's Beatles tunic? DD7 absolutely loves the Beatles (I've raised her right!!) and would die for a shirt like that! Her bday is only a couple months away. I'd love to get her one of those!
Got it at Wal-Mart at Christmas. It was in the Junior's department, or whatever they call the not kids, but not adults dept! I love that shirt too! You are raising your DD right... Ours listen to Beatles songs everynight going to bed, and I play them a lot in the car. Also have them listen to Elvis Costello & the Attractions and my DS REALLY loves Men At Work!
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AAAARRRRGGGGHHHH!! Had most of day 3 done and it disappeared on me!!! I'll try again at home...
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Oh no, sorry to hear that. Patiently waiting for day 3.
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Got it at Wal-Mart at Christmas. It was in the Junior's department, or whatever they call the not kids, but not adults dept! I love that shirt too! You are raising your DD right... Ours listen to Beatles songs everynight going to bed, and I play them a lot in the car. Also have them listen to Elvis Costello & the Attractions and my DS REALLY loves Men At Work!
That's great! My DD also loves Queen and Janis Joplin (she likes the way she "screams" )! I've never been so proud!

There's a Kids Bop Beatles album out now that she wants...I think I'll get her the White Album instead!!

Thanks! I'll keep an eye out at Walmart.
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