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April 15-16 - MIAMI & KEY WEST, FLORIDA, USA

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The World Cruise ended in Miami on Saturday morning and as most of our friends began their journeys home, 900 excited new guests joined us. There was also a massive turnover of staff and crew, everyone anticipating the 18 day "Accent on Mesoamerica". We will transit the Panama Canal on our way to California to the music of the Tommy Dorsey big band.

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On Easter Sunday we arrived, again, in Key West. After a beautiful Sunrise service in Palm Court, with sunshine breaking through just at the right moment, Ed and I both hustled to our escort assignments. Ed loved his tour to Harry Truman's Little White House. However, pictures were not allowed inside so, while it was very interesting, we have no photos to share.

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I was happy to escort a tour to the Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory. The most dramatic species in the 13,000-square foot pavilion is the spectacular Blue Morpho.

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They were flying everywhere, flashing their blue wings, but when they alight they fold up the blue, and this is what you see.

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Pupae from butterfly farms are flown in every week and they are raised and released here to live out their brief colorful lives.

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I kept trying, but flashes of blue are all I could capture. I actually had glimpses of them in the wild on the Amazon River!

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A beautiful tropical bird matches the Blue Morpho.

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My tour then visited the Key West Aquarium. Created in 1935, it is the oldest attraction in Key West.

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The aquarium houses hundreds of local aquatic animals. Here I fed fish bits and shrimp to barracuda, grouper and tarpon!

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A moray eel, being blind, has a tough time finding food.

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So, he buddies up to Hunter the Loggerhead at feeding time!

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Last, but not least, I found Nemo!

After our tours, Ed and I returned to the ship to prepare for the afternoon Easter Communion service. We pray you all had a blessed Easter!

Posted by Swenigale 14:15 Archived in USA

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