Key West

The second day of our honeymoon started off with a sweaty workout at Little Palm Island’s fitness facility. key west 025 While Ryan did some crazy workout that involved five million push ups, I stuck to a simple cardio workout that included 30 minutes on the treadmill, followed by 15 minutes on the elliptical.

My treadmill workout looked like this:

Minutes Incline Speed
0-5 1.0 6.5
5-15 1.0 9.0 for 15 sec., 4.0 for 45 sec.
15-21 1.0 9.5 for 20 sec., 4.0 for 40 sec.
21-25 1.0 10.0 for 15 sec., 4.0 for 40 sec.
25-30 7.0 4.5

After our workouts were complete, we headed back to our bungalow to shower before eating an apple and catching the first boat back to the mainland. key west 033Our plans for the day took us to Key West, the southernmost key of the Florida Keys.

After a 30 minute drive, we arrived at Key West and our stomachs were seriously grumblin’. We needed breakfast fast.

We found an adorable little creperie and grabbed a table outside. key west 045key west 046 When we walked into the creperie, the delicious aroma of pastries and crepes filled the air. We decided to split a butter croissant while waiting for our breakfasts to come out. key west 039This was hands down the best croissant I’ve ever had. It was doughy, light and buttery. Perfection.

For my main meal, I opted for an omelet filled with spinach, goat cheese, onion, tomato and mushroom.key west 040 Ryan also ordered an omelet and we both raved about our meals.key west 043key west 044Once our bellies were sufficiently full, we headed to Duval Street to begin a day of exploration and sight seeing.

We walked around for a couple of hours and eventually headed to Ernest Hemingway’s house for a tour.

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key west 059It was really neat to learn about such a well-respected author. I always seem to most enjoy the random tid-bits of information about their personal lives.

For instance, Ernest Hemingway purchased his home in Key West for around $7,000. One time, when he was out of town, unbeknownst to him, his wife at the time (he had four wives over the course of his life), decided to put in a pool… that cost $20,000! key west 056When he returned, he was flabbergasted and handed his wife a penny, telling her she spent all of his money and could now have his very last cent.

She had the 1934 penny imbedded in the cement of the pool deck where it remains to this day. key west 057Though Ryan and I both enjoyed the various anecdotes about Hemingway’s life, our favorite part about the property was definitely the 6-toed cats!key west 066

key west 062There are 45 cats that live on the property and every single one is descended from Ernest Hemmingway’s famous 6-toed cat.

key west 047The cats were seriously adorable, so we stuck one in my purse and now have a little playmate for Sadie!

Just kidding. ;)  key west 061Our next stop took us to the southernmost point of the United States for a quick photo op.

key west 068Once we checked that little stop off our “must see” list, we headed back to Duval Street for more sight seeing.

Eventually we started to get hungry again, so Ryan purchased some conch fritters from a nearby street vendor.

key west 070For those of you skeptical about the deliciousness of conch like I was, fear not! Conch is some pretty tasty stuff… especially when dipped in key lime mustard. key west 076key west 077

With our appetites officially sparked, we walked another two blocks before stumbling upon Bagatelle, a cute restaurant with plenty of outdoor seating.

key west 084With some persuasion from our waiter, we began our meal by splitting a bowl of seafood chowder that was incredibly creamy and full of chunky potatoes and shellfish.key west 078For my main meal, I ordered a grilled mahi mahi sandwich with a side salad. Our waiter also brought us a plate of fries to share because they were “too good to pass up.”

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I realize the portion of fish looks tiny in the above picture, but it was actually quite generous! I ate it all, as well as about 3/4 of the plate of fries.key west 082Though everything was delicious, Ryan’s Cuban sandwich stole the show. Hands down the best Cuban sandwich I’ve ever tasted. According to our waiter, the pork in the Cuban is marinated for four hours before being slow cooked. It’s a winner!

After lunch, we walked around for a bit and I purchased a little decal for the back of my car.

key west 086 Totally kidding. Is that not the ugliest vizsla you’ve ever seen? Sadie would be ashamed.

On our way back to our car, we grabbed some dessert.

key west 087Ryan and I shared a medium cup of pumpkin and cinnamon swirled custard. It was fantastic and satisfied our sweet tooth.

We then headed back to Little Palm Island to relax a bit before dinner.

And that’s where I’ll leave off for the time being… Ryan just woke up and we have more honeymooning to do today! :D

Hope you guys are doing well!

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