Key West | Part 2 of 3

In this series: Key West Part 1 of 3Key West Part 2 of 3, & Swimming with the Dolphins in The Keys | Part 3 of 3

After our historic debriefing, he hopped off of the Conch Tour Train and spotted Ana’s Cuban Cafe in the historical area, and ate a delicious breakfast. I enjoyed fresh squeezed orange juice and an espresso while Sabine had  fresh watermelon juice. After eating, we started walking towards the Southernmost Point, and passed the Hemingway home where he wrote some of his most enduring work. We decided not to go in the Hemingway home because we could see the outside from the street, and did not want to go inside to be immersed to the verge of claustrophobia with the rest of the  tourists. After taking a few pictures, we hopped back on the Conch Tour Train and our next stop was a historical cemetery. Walking through the historical cemetery was very cool because of the interesting gravestones and angels. There is an overabundance of iguanas living there, and also a tree growing out of one of the graves, and the headstone is situated inside the tree – even a film crew was there getting footage. That evening, we hopped on a Glass-Bottom Boat Sunset Cruise and rode the open blue waters and pink sky… then watched one of the most remarkable sunsets, which Key West is famous for… their golden, fire sunsets. I saw wild dolphins swimming in the rolling waves, and it was breathtaking!

That night we hopped on the Haunted Trolley Tour. It is believed that Key West has many spirits, and that they cannot cross the water, which is why the ceilings of many porches are painted with a light blue – to protect from ghosts’ haunting. The most famous haunted attraction is Robert the Enchanted Doll. According to our Ghost Guide and Wikepedia, “Robert the Enchanted Doll is a doll that was once owned by Key West painter and author Robert Eugene Otto. Eugene was given the doll in 1906 by an African servant who, according to legend, was skilled in black magic and voodoo and was displeased with the family. Soon afterward, it became clear that there was something eerie about the doll. Eugene’s parents said they often heard him talking to the doll and that the doll appeared to be talking back. Although at first they assumed that Eugene was simply answering himself in a changed voice, they later believed that the doll was actually speaking. Neighbors claimed to see the doll moving from window to window when the family was out. The Otto family swore that sometimes the doll would emit a terrifying giggle and that they caught glimpses of it running from room to room. In the night Eugene would scream, and when his parents ran to the room, they would find furniture knocked over and Eugene in bed, looking incredibly scared, telling them that “Robert did it!”. In addition, guests swore that they saw Robert’s expression change before their eyes. When Eugene died in 1974, the doll was left in the attic until the house was bought again. The new family included a ten-year old girl, who became Robert’s new owner. It was not long before the girl began screaming out in the night, claiming that Robert moved about the room and even attempted to attack her on multiple occasions. Individuals who desire to visit Robert in the Fort East Martello Museum and wish to take a picture of him, according to legend, the person must ask the doll politely, and if he does not agree (by tipping his head to one side), and the individual takes a picture anyway, the doll will curse the person and their family.”

Key West is a magical town with a rich history of prime real estate ownership, artists, writers, party animals, and hippies. Everyone knows everyone there.

In this series: Key West Part 1 of 3Key West Part 2 of 3, & Swimming with the Dolphins in The Keys | Part 3 of 3

If you want to learn about more places, check out The Five Treasures of Florida, Volume I, on the iTunes Store.

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