Sunday, August 7, 2011

Mallory Downtime

The statue seemed taken aback by the young woman walking past into the market behind Mallory Square.

For some reason someone decided to name this waterfront open space after the late Secretary of the Confederate Navy, Stephen Mallory. His connection to Key West seemed pretty tenuous, just as the DuVal after whom the city's main street was named was the first US Governor of the Florida Territory. Not exactly local lads made good but there we are.

This pink thing sitting on a plinth is described as a gunsight off the USS Maine though how exactly it worked I have no idea. It was mid afternoon on an August weekday so the square was not bustling with people which was a relief to me as I wandered through the market.

It never ceases to amaze me that people make a living selling piles of stuff to visitors.

Do you suppose people actually keep their souvenir sponges in the shower at home?

Business seemed quite brisk at the Aquarium.a shop keeper down here said July had been a record breaking month for many of the businesses, comparable to 2004 during the boom speculation is that people still want to go on vacation and Key West is a nice exotic vacation but still a decent value for people looking to go not too far from home. Long may it last as a desirable destination.

Key west has a surprising number of things to do and places to check out in such a small town.

Apparently a lot of other people feel the same way.

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