Keys to Travel- Key West

We are like birds – migrating south when the winter gets cold. Eight days of warmth and sun in the Florida Keys!

Key Largo Day 1-3

Who can’t enjoy the warm sun and breezy nights in the most Southern part of Florida?  After a harrowing experience of a near miss shooting at the Ft Lauderdale airport, we landed in West Palm beach.  Planes landing one after another to avoid the in Ft Lauderdale airport, dropping all their passengers off here, where travelers were scrambling for the few rental cars available at this smaller airport.

We had our family arrange one for us while we were disembarking the plane, so we scored our rental car to drive south for the night at Key Largo.   Staying at the Hilton for a relaxing experience.  Finally !!  Warm sun and beach water.  Here, the beach water does not have a tide.  You can leave  your chair on the shores edge and it will still be at the waters edge 6 hours later.  As a storm kick up  with quick winds on the beach, we headed to the pool.  Ah…Three days of bliss in Key Largo.

hilton-pool-key-largo
Water sun and relaxation

The area in Key Largo afforded us many choices of food.  We picked The conch House one night, a place where conch is big feature on the menu.  A conch is the creature that was inside the big shell you hold up to your ear to hear the sound of the ocean. Even Emeril stopped one time at this restaurant.  So I decide to indulge in tasting conch in their famous fritter.  NOT A FAN!   We tried a few other place to eat.  Another night, thinking we should be on the water front,  we tried the Pilot House. The food was good and of course I chose seafood and even dessert a key lime pie of course.

Key West- Day 3-6

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Amalfi Coast Beauty

Mediterranean Sea coast of Italy
Mediterranean Sea coast of Italy

If your traveling through Italy, just below Rome is the stunning Amalfi Coast.   Its a must see!  The beaches, the beauty of the coast and the ‘Mama Mia’ highway with 1643 turns, high up on the cliffs,  at the edge of the blue, blue Mediterranean Sea, this is an incredible sight.   Even the Italians ‘holiday’ here on this coast!  This ocean side facing Greece is a can’t miss in Italy.  The Island of Capri its rocky coast and lure of the Sirens.  Legend mythology reads that the Sirens were beautiful but dangerous creatures (described as mermaids, half women half fish) that lured the sailors with their beautiful voices to their doom, causing the ships to crash on the reefs near their island.

Mermaids by the Sea
Mermaids by the Sea

Odysseus, asked that the crew to plug their ears with wax and ordered them to bind him on the mast of the ship so they could not hear the lure of mermaids call. He also told them that no matter how much he begged, they should not untie him. When they passed near the island, Odysseus begged his shipmates to let him go, but none heard him. Hence the nod towards mermaids in all the towns along this coast.

Positano Italy
Positano Italy

The towns along the coast hang in suspension from the top of the rocky coastline to the bottom of the bright blue sea. This day we went to Positano a quaint town close to Capri.  We arrived by boat, since vehicles cannot reach the bottom of the town near the sea.  Our private water tour took us past famous sites, such as where Jackie O. would sunbath at a hidden villa (I happen to idealize Jackie O.).  Once we arrived, we walked up the steep hillside to eat a simple lunch at little cafe’ overlooking the town.  While  we sipped a granita (an icy lemon drink), we enjoyed the view below of beaches dotted with bright orange umbrellas which contrast against the blue sea.  Each step of this hillside town was filled with shops and eateries.  Small B&B’s and some hotels are woven into this landscape of ancient beauty.

Dining by the Sea in Positano
Dining by the Sea in Positano

All of the Amalfi coast is alluring and offers so much for your eyes to drink in.  The mesmerizing sea and lemon flavors and many old churches and historical sites.  As our day in Positano nearly came to close, after we had peered into shops to see the finery and bargain with the shop owners and street vendors, we slowly walked back to our vessel at the bottom of the town.  “Adiamo” Alas, after shopping and walking and all day, on our return to our sea tranport, we finally settled on purchasing a picture scene of Positano to remember this journey.   “Ciao”

Shops along the way
Shops along the way

Psalm 95:5  The sea is His, for it was He who made it, And His hands formed the dry land.