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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Key West Photos Pt 3 - Six Toed Cats, Butterflies, Sunsets

Rather than the late night bar crawls, I opted for a few daytime tourist activities on this visit to Key West. The bars stay open til 4 a.m. - if you "bar crawl" until the wee hours of the morning, most of the day will be spent sleeping it off :)

Ernest Hemingway House & Museum






Ernest Hemingway was a resident of Key West, Florida for approximately ten years from 1930-1940, and he wrote the majority of his famous works there. 




Hemingsway's typewriter on display
The novel "To Have and Have Not," is about Key West during the Great Depression area.







Hemingway was a cat lover, and as soon as you arrive on the grounds of the Museum and Home, you notice cats just about everywhere on the acre of property. 

Most cats have five front toes and four back toes - and these cats are rather special as they have six toes. 



When you view their feet it appears they are wearing fluffy mittens. 

In the early 1930's a ship's captain gave Hemingway his first white six toed cat named Snowball, and the majority of the cats today are descendants of the original cat. The felines are well taken care of according to Hemingway's will, and have full run of the property. 


The swimming pool was the first in Key West. Hemingway stated the project nearly financially broke him. He had a penny laid in the cement in the pool area as a reminder that the pool took his last penny to complete. 

Such a fun visit - love tropical gardens and butterflies! 

The place is rather magical as there was far more flight activity than I've seen at other butterfly farms. Aside from the butterflies, there are tropical birds and many beautiful plants.   

Sunset Celebration - Mallory Square

Facing west - the perfect place to watch the sun setting
 

There's always a crowd here for the sunset, along with local street performers, musicians, food vendors and local craftsmen. 



Happy Travels,
Linda


Previous Posts:
Florida Keys - Photo Essay Part 1
Florida Keys - Photo Essay Part 2
Cable Wakeboarding at Keys Cable - Marathon Key


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