Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Key West Balconies

I read in the Menton Daily blog that in France only public buildings may fly the national flag except on Bastille Day, July 14th, when private citizens may display the flag. Whereas in the United States by contrast any old rag even plastic sheeting can be emblazoned with the national colors, thrown over a railing and we call it good.

One might imagine that having a balcony on your apartment overlooking Duval Street might be a fine thing, and at eight thirty in the morning it certainly seems to be. Twelve hours later I wouldn't be so sure as the bars start to heat up, live music blares and drunks start to take their rightful place loudly blocking the sidewalks.

We had a friend with a balcony in just such a strategic location overlooking the main street in Key West and it was nice to be able to look down in comfort upon the semi nude crowds gathered on Duval Street for Fantasy Fest, but he has bought a quieter home in New Town and if we choose to watch the parade we will be reduced to slumming it once again on the sidewalks.

Porches have been on my mind , and by extension balconies, because we are giving ours a refit, a few pieces of inexpensive outdoor furniture, some paint and carpeting and by the time cool winter breezes are brushing Ramrod Key our main outdoor space will hopefully be as organized as this:

Or this:

Because after all, indoor/outdoor living is the great benefit of being in the Keys, and our porch has become rather careworn and uninviting. Even a resident with a tiny space like this tries to make best use of it:

I saw some green garden chairs on the balcony at the former City Hall on Angela Street.

We have a small balcony in the rear of the Police Station too and it makes a nice spot to watch the rain come tumbling down during a lunch break. Ah the great outdoors!

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