Thursday, January 11, 2018

2017 Cruise - Tampa & Key West

I'm finally getting around to posting some of our photos from the last cruise. I've noticed that I often use my blog like a photo album. Since we don't print our photos out anymore, it's really nice for us to have a record. So I'm doing this as much for us as for you.
This cruise left from Tampa, which is one of our favorite ports to leave from. The path to the Gulf of Mexico is a long one and there is much to see on the way.

 I love this little light house.
The next morning after breakfast,
We spent some time on deck. Daniel was painting,
and I may have been staring out at the ocean without doing anything. It's one of my favorite past times on the ship...
When we got close to Key West, the pilot came on board
and a short while later, we were at the dock.
We didn't know what to expect in Key West after they were almost hit directly by Hurricane Irma, but to our delight, it had recovered well and the island looked as beautiful as the last time we were there.

On our last visit we didn't go into the Hemingway house and we decided that this time it was a must!
Of course, being the cat lady that I am, I loved seeing all the six-toed cats everywhere! I think there are 54 of them on the property.
Aren't the colors great?

Cats everywhere - even on the curtains...
and in the gift shop on all the shelves.

Back out on the street, we just wandered around and took some fun photos.

Daniel did a painting of this street. You can see it here on his blog. 
We even put our feet into the water, which was quite refreshing.
I remembered this old theater that is now a Walgreens. Isn't it a beautiful building?

Then it was time to get back on board to leave for our next destination: Puerto Rico, another island hit hard by a hurricane and still not fully recovered.
I'll have pictures of that in my next blog post.



  1. Key West looks oh so quaint -- like visiting a different era. Love those famous cats!

  2. Some great pictures of great places there! I am puzzled by the red ribbons on the white fence. Do you know why they were there?

  3. Liebe Silke,

    vielen Dank für deinen ausführlichen Reisebericht. Besonders gefällt mir der kleine Leuchtturm.

    Ich wünsche dir eine gute Zeit.

    Allerbeste Grüße