Monday, July 2, 2012

Key West

With Erick starting law school in the fall and my life being beyond stressful, we decided that a vacation was not only needed it was well deserved.

We love Key West. It’s fun to walk down Duval street at night and lay by the pool or beach during the day.  The beautiful weather and carefree nature of the island is always a plus.

Thursday: Day 1

We woke up bright and early and headed out on the almost 3 hour trip. A somewhat long car ride always requires a pit stop for an anything but healthy breakfast without the guilt.

We arrived early at the hotel hoping that they would allow us to check in early. Unfortunately, our room wasn’t ready but since they weren’t over packed, they upgraded our room from a garden view to a water view. Erick says I should always be in charge of booking our vacations since I always get great deals and find a way to get upgraded everywhere we go. What can I say, I have a knack for people.

 One of our favorite things to do at the keys, is to rent a scooter. Its such a pain to go around the small small town in a car, especially since you can never find parking. We had a great experience last year with renting a scooter so we went to the exact company that we used during our last vacation.

A few things you should know about me and scooters:

1.       I was deeply afraid to get on a scooter until last year

2.       My fear now limits me to only riding in the back of a two person scooter

3.       I attempted to drive(ride) a school last year and fell…in front of Erick

4.       I have great balance expect for riding a scooter and going down a flight of stairs but that’s a whole other story.

5.       Scooters always and I do mean always lead to sunburns!

see! Sunburns from being outside 1 hour

I was really surprised when we arrived at the scooter rental location and saw how in one year they had deteriorated. The salty air must do some serious damage to metal around there. We ended up getting a 20% discount since we were repeat customers and we were on our way.

Since we drove out pretty early by the time we got the scooter we were pretty hungry. Erick had done his research(im giving you credit babe) and found that a great place to have lunch at the keys was Grand Café Key West.

Im not into fussy food or fussy restaurants and the Grand Café Key west was right up our alley. It was simple, tropical and had a lovely feel of a resort. We ended up ordering two panini’s and split them in half that way we have both could taste more of the menu.

I was super excited for our lunch!

 I ordered the Ham and Brie Panini, which has Triple Cream Melted Brie, Black Forest Ham,  Dijon Mustard and Cornichons .

While Erick had the Turkey Panini with Sliced Turkey, Bacon, Melted Provolone, Alfalfa Sprouts and Chipotle Mayo

I didn’t know what a cornichon was so I googled it and found out it’s a close relative of the gherkin pickle family. Erick’s panini kicked my panini’s butt but both were very good. We had herd the place had wonderful mojitos and during lunch they are cheaper, so we were sold. I love love love mojitos and since it was burning up outside the citrusy lemon mixed with Fresh mint, sugar crystals and Bacardi Light Rum was the perfect choice.

Cheers to a great vacation!

Hotel:  Parrot Key Hotel and Resort

Last year, during our spontaneous trip, we found the loveliest hotel in the world. We ended up stopping by it in the middle of the night and wishing we could afford to stay at such a beachy and luxurious hotel. We didn’t remember the name of the hotel and since we had just graduated college, we didn’t give it much more though.

A year goes by, and without us even realizing it, we ended up booking our vacation at that very same hotel. This was a pleasant surprise when we parked the car and realized what had just happened.

The hotel features four dramatic, secluded swimming pools, each nestled in its own garden paradise. Our room faced the white sand terrace that overlooked the water front part of the property.  The pools were simply gorgeous and if we aren’t mistaken, they were salt water pools.

We spent the rest of the day lounging by the pool relaxing and enjoying that we didn’t have to work on Friday!

the white sand terrace outside of our room

by the sunset board walk

sunset board walk and a view towards the rooms

beautiful walk ways contecting all the pools togethere

the pool by our room

our room!

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