Okay, even a man who writes about mob guys wants a break infrequently. So me and the spouse took a four-day trip to Key West, Florida for a bit R&R earlier than I am going again to mob-busting once more.


The quandary you face when going to Key West is what to see and tips on how to see it. There are scores of sights to see and nice meals to eat at dozens of eating places. And each resort, and even the Key West Categorical boat we took to Key West from Fort Myers, is pushing a Trolley Tour Bus that goes for 29 bucks for perhaps an hour, or so, tour of downtown Key West.


So we determined to not determine on something till we really took a cab to downtown Key West from our Consolation Inn Resort. Our cab driver Richie from Brooklyn (who moonlights as a superb drummer for a number of Key West bands) dropped us off at cease quantity 5 on the Metropolis View Trolley Tour. We stepped as much as the knowledge counter and was greeted by a cheerful younger lad named Marty. We requested Marty a couple of questions, which he answered effortlessly, after which Marty informed us in regards to the Metropolis View Trolley Tour.


The Metropolis View Trolley Tour makes eight stops in all, every cease having its personal nice vacationer must-sees within the space. And get this: you may get off the bus as many instances time you need, get on as many instances as you need, see the sights, and a bus stops each quarter-hour in any respect eight stops to select you up once more and proceed on the tour. And if you wish to take the tour once more that day, no drawback. Simply get on the bus once more at any of the eight stops. The Metropolis View Trolley Tour prices solely $19 an individual, and when you come again the next day, it is solely 9 bucks an individual.


The most effective a part of the tour is the fixed banter and boundless info the cheerful and at all times humorous bus driver regales you with over the bus loud audio system, as he instruments round downtown Key West. Plainly each road on Key West has its personal story, and even the cemetery is full of fun-stuff info. Just like the one tombstone that claims, “I informed you I used to be sick.” And one other tombstone, the place a weary spouse placed on her philandering husband’s tombstone, “At the least I do know the place you are sleeping tonight.”


In the middle of the 2 days we took using the Metropolis View Trolley Tour, we will need to have seen every thing two or 3 times, however by no means informed in the identical method, by one of many tour buses dozen or so drivers. In fact ideas are permitted, and consider me even a buck or two is drastically appreciated, and far deserved.


As well as, Marty gave us a number of low cost tickets for varied sights, and bars and eating places, together with 2 for 1drink coupons (he gave us 4) for the Conch Republic Seafood Firm, which has one of the best sea meals this aspect of heaven.


One place you have to see in Key West is the Ernest Hemingway Dwelling and Museum ($12.50 per individual). A pleasant girl gave us a grand tour of Hemingway’s home, and moreover all the good tales of Ernie, you get to see 44 of Hemingway’s six-toed cats, that are all descendants of Hemingway’s unique six-toed cats. (Truly, the genes for six toes are current in all of the cats, however solely a couple of half of them even have six toes.)


Different grand tour must-sees are: Harry Truman’s Little White Home, West Martello Tower, Southernmost Level (which is definitely the Southernmost tip of the US), all of Duval Avenue (which is like Key West’s Broadway), Clinton Sq. Market, Higgs Seashore, Pat Croce’s Rum Barrell, Sloppy Joe’s Bar (Sloppy Joe Russell was Hemingway’s finest pal in Key West), Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville, and Fort Zachary Taylor State Park.


So keep in mind this people, when you plan on visiting Key West for the primary time, or perhaps you have been there earlier than however wished to see extra of the sights, cease on the Metropolis View Trolley Tour. The principle workplace and cease primary is positioned at 105 Whitehead Avenue, proper throughout the road from the Clinton Sq. Customs Home. Or see Marty at cease quantity 5, the place it’s also possible to purchase tour tickets, Cease 5 is positioned one block from the Southernmost Level close to the tip of Duval Avenue (higher Duval Avenue.


As for me, I am again residence and have my head up the butts of the world’s worst mobsters once more. However I am wanting ahead to going again to Key West as quickly as doable. And naturally, I will take the Metropolis View Trolley Tour once more. Perhaps twice.


If Key West was adequate for Ernest Hemingway, it is actually adequate for little outdated me.


PS – Did I point out Al Capone visited Key West steadily when he had his winter residence in Miami Seashore? I’m wondering the place he buried all of the our bodies.



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